By Gerald Cole
Construct your individual Brick residence follows the method of a self-build, utilizing conventional brick and block suggestions, permitting the self-builder to appreciate either the person phases and the character of the construct as a complete. It takes a realistic technique, concentrating on the easiest use of time, talents and funds, and on speaking extra sincerely and successfully with designers and tradespeople so as to make the construct as tender as attainable. The e-book covers:The probabilities and practicalities of creating in brick; creating a price range and finding/buying a plot; Designing with brick; acquiring planning. Read more...
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Perhaps a more relevant question is: why not? That would certainly be the response of would-be homeowners in other European countries, as well as Australia, Japan, Canada and the United States. In Germany, for example, a common wedding gift for a son or daughter is a serviced building plot, one of a number set aside periodically by local authorities for individual home-builders. Self-build is the major form of house-building in Germany where companies like WeberHaus and Baufritz specialize in designing and building bespoke prefabricated homes.
The size of individual bricks is small compared to that of an entire home. As a result, variations from plumb that would prove disastrous for a precisely calculated timber- or steel-frame building can be compensated for with relative ease. But it’s in the look and the feel of brick where its appeal is greatest. Bricks can range in colour from bright yellow to red to dark blue, with every variation in between – sometimes within the same brick. Yet combinations of even the plainest and most common varieties can create striking effects out of all proportion to the costs involved.
Accommodation costs – only required if you plan to sell or move out of your existing home; temporary accommodation in a caravan or mobile home on site may be an economical, if not entirely comfortable, alternative. Builders’ Merchants Many builders’ merchants, both local and national, provide specialist self-build advice. Their aim is to sign you up for a trade account, which you will need, and some offer build-cost estimating services, based on architect’s plans. Often the fee charged can be recouped from your first large order; sometimes the service is free.