There are different ways to achieve your ambition of a new home or an extension to an existing home. You can, if you have the right skills (or are willing to learn them) self-build or part self-build. Alternatively, of course, you can engage the services of a house builder to undertake some or, more commonly, all of the work.
There are many different types of home building firms: large and small, national and local, good and not so good. Which type of firm you choose can be confusing – after all, it is one of the most important decisions you will ever make. Recommendations from friends and family can help with the decision as can testimonials and references from a builder’s previous clients.
A good local house builder will know the area well and will have a special insight into what is going to work best from the look and layout of the building to the appropriate materials to use. They will also have a comprehensive understanding of local planning controls. As the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) stated in response to a recent House of Lords’ report on the built environment, ‘Small local house builders are best placed to ensure that increasing the quantity of homes does not reduce the quality of homes.’