Building Your Own Home - What Makes a Plot Suitable for Development

Building Your Own Home - What Makes a Plot Suitable for Development

Embarking on the journey of building your own home is both a thrilling and rewarding experience. 

At Kimble Roden we’ve helped many individuals and families bring their dream homes to life.

One of the most critical aspects of this process is selecting the right plot of land for your project. 

In our latest blog, we explore what makes a plot suitable for development, guiding you through the considerations that can influence your decision and help you create the perfect canvas for your dream home.

Location, Location, Location

The age-old adage holds true when it comes to choosing a plot for your dream home. Location plays a pivotal role in determining not only the value of your property but also your quality of life. 

Key location-related factors include:

Proximity to Amenities: Consider the distance to schools, healthcare facilities, shops and shopping centres as well as public transport. 

A well-connected location can enhance both your lifestyle and property value.

Local Community: Investigate the character, safety and overall ambiance of the local community. A strong sense of community can greatly enhance your living experience.

Natural Surroundings: Evaluate the natural surroundings of the plot, such as views, landscapes and green spaces. A picturesque setting can make a huge contribution to the overall aesthetics of your home.

Accessibility and Infrastructure

Infrastructure and accessibility are crucial factors to ensure your home is comfortable and functional. Key considerations include:

Road Access: Ensure that the plot has suitable road access, including proper road width, condition and connectivity to major roads.

Utilities: Check the availability and proximity of essential utilities including electricity, water supply, sewage systems and internet connectivity. The cost of bringing these services to your plot can impact your budget significantly.

Planning Regulations: Research planning regulations to ensure that your planned development aligns with the area's guidelines.

Building a home in the UK requires two main consents to be applied for – planning permission and building regulations. Your architect will submit all the relevant documents and information to get approval for both of these prior to commencement on site. 

Other permissions may also be required – for example party wall agreements and works to trees.

Topography and Site Conditions

The physical characteristics of the plot can have a substantial impact on the design and construction of your home. 

Consider the following:

Slope and Grading: Assess the slope of the land. A flat or gently sloping plot may be more cost-effective for construction compared to a steep, challenging terrain.

Soil Quality: Soil tests can reveal important information about the ground's stability and load-bearing capacity. 

Drainage: Adequate drainage is crucial to prevent water-related issues like flooding or erosion. Be aware of how water flows on the property during different seasons.

Size and Orientation

The size and orientation of the plot can significantly influence your design options and overall functionality. 

Key factors include:

Size: Ensure the plot is large enough to accommodate your desired home size, outdoor spaces and potential future additions.

Orientation: The orientation of the plot relative to the sun's path can affect natural light and energy efficiency. A south-facing orientation is often preferred for maximum daylight.

Privacy and Views: Think about how the plot's orientation and neighbouring structures impact your privacy and the views from your home.

Closing thoughts

Selecting the right plot for your dream home is a decision that should not be taken lightly. 

By considering location, accessibility, infrastructure, topography, size and orientation, you can make an informed choice that sets the stage for a successful and fulfilling building project. 

Kimble Roden helps our clients build the home of their dreams and reduce the risks involved with our comprehensive services. 

Whilst we strive for exceptional design solutions we also understand the risks involved with any building project.

Building your own home is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and with the right plot and the right team on your side, you can turn that dream into a beautiful reality.

If you would like to discuss your new build home project with us, please call 01625 402442 or email us for a free initial consultation.

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