When you take on a self build or renovation, organisation is everything. A lot goes on before the build which can take a matter of weeks or months, depending on your situation. Here’s H&R’s suggestions for a schedule:

  • Arrange a mortgage in principle
  • Find potential plots
  • Assess development potential
  • Plan budget
  • Arrange valuation of the plot
  • Arrange a site survey
  • Purchase site
  • Arrange site insurance
  • Choose designer and builders
  • Create your design
  • Get planning permission
  • Apply for water and electricity
  • Prepare detailed drawings
  • Obtain Building Regulations approval
  • Put contract out to tender
  • Select builder/tradesmen
  • Arrange warranty and insurances

The Build

Month One
clear and peg site 1. Clear and Peg Site
Create access then get surveys to work out levels. Peg out site as per drawings
dig trenches and lay foundations 2. Foundations
Dig trenches and begin to build up the blockwork footings
building the floor structure 3. Floor Structure
Finish footings and install ground floor slab, or beam and block
Month Two
building the superstructure of a home with scaffold in place 4. Superstructure
Blocks or frame used to build external walls to first floor height
Month Three
second lift where the first floor are built 5. Second Lift
First floor structure installed, external walls continue to roof
putting the roof on a house in rainy weather 6. Roof
Walls finished, roof structure installed and covered with slate or tiles
Month Four
making a house weathertight with windows, finished roof and scaffold 7. Weathertight
Windows, doors and soffits fitted to make house weathertight. Rainwater goods and external decoration finished
Month Five
fitting the plumbing or the first fix stage in a home 8. First Fix
Electrical and plumbing runs put in place, then internal walls and stud walls built
Months Six–Eight
a freshly plastered room drying out 9. Plastering
Usually a skim coat on top of plasterboard after completion of first fix
second fix and the underfloor heating being installed 10. Second Fix
Connecting up the electrics (to include sockets) and heating systems
Months Nine–Ten
exposed brick feature wall to hold fireplace and fixtures installed 11. Fixtures
Flooring down, joinery completed and kitchens and bathrooms installed. Decoration and tiling
a completed clockwork build in Worcestershire 12. Snagging
Arrange for final inspection and prepare to move in. Builders back to deal with any issues, final exterior finishes and landscaping

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