self build housing(info needed).

Discussion in 'Finance, Property, Law' started by EAGLE1, Feb 19, 2007.

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  1. Has anyone on here built their own house.
    Just a few questions.

    1.Was planning permission straight forward.

    2.Was your local council easy to work with.

    3.What did you learn-ie what would you do differently next time.

    Any constructive help would be appreciated. Thanks.
  2. Wow,

    Andy just scoped your website!! You have the GSM? Well swing that lantern big guy.

  3. 1. Planning permission is never straightforward.
    2. Councils are always a pain to work with. Best thing to do is to get their QS to draw you a set of plans.
    3. Don't take everything they say as the whole truth. Buy a copy of local building regs.
    4. get on to the brickies course at Aldershot as part of your resettlement training. Many valuable lessons learned there.
  4. Not only that, but what in the name of God is an RAF parachute pilot?

    Have you thought about buying a bouncy castle?

    Easy to erect, no planning permission required, you can take it with you anywhere, and you can make a fortune in the summer.

  5. Architect handled that - he was dealing with Council all the time, so was able to ensure the plans he submitted most of met their requirements ie he knew the things they wouldn't allow / bounced plans off them before they were formally submitted

    No - they rejected initial plans for ridiculous reasons eg not drawing
    neighbouring houses on the site map - there were no neighbouring houses! Two month delay.

    We used a main contractor - costs more, but MUCH less hassle. Main tip with this is get a completion date off him in blood, and get him to tell you exactly what you need to do to enable him to complete on time - ours never told us that we were responsible for getting electricity to the house - this cost us (another) 2 months. Also go through what is included in the quote with a fine toothcomb - ours excluded things like coving, shower doors, outside tap, decent bathroom fittings etc. Seems small beer, but if you negotiate with them pre-contract they may cost you nothing, post-contact a couple of thousand!

    Hope this helps - out of curiosity are you going timber frame? Doing a second self build - don't think I'll go for it, but would be interested in others views!

    Any constructive help would be appreciated. Thanks.
  6. Thanks for the helpful link argus.
    Thanks for the help and advice.
  7. Talk to HM Revenue & Customs.

    0845 010 9000

    New houses are zero rated for VAT

    I dont work in the tax side anymore but there used to be a scheme that allowed you to reclaim all the VAT paid up until the building is complete and habitable, and AFAIK its still going.

    You may even be able to claim for adjoining extensions, but you must build it as a seperate room or rooms with no adjoining indoor doors or access from the original property, reclaim the VAT at that point, then knock a hole through the wall, and et voila, an extension to your original home. But HMRC might have closed this loophole