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What is custom Build?

CUSTOM BUILD

has a lot in common with a

SELF-BUILD,

however, it differs in two major ways:

RISK AND REWARD.

Self-build doesn’t come completely without its risks, and if you’ve ever seen an episode of Grand Designs, you’ll know the kind of problems that many self-builders face.

That’s why we have moved away from helping self-builders to becoming a custom build developer.

Custom Build


Self Build vs Custom Build

Custom Build


Self Build vs Custom Build

The difference between self-build and custom build

A self-builder could get the greatest return, but has to take on all the potential risks and problems of the project, including (but not limited to):

  • buying the right site (or overcoming the problems a site has)
  • planning refusals
  • builder issues
  • cost over-runs
  • costs of delays
  • managing the delivery team.

In return, the self-builder can get their dream home exactly the way they want it (within the constraints of time, building control, planning and budget) and, if things go well, will get the highest reward.

Custom build is beneficial as you have a professional developer to manage the build and to take on the risk on your behalf.

It takes away the problems of self-build and yet still gives you ample choices, such as choosing:

  • layouts
  • finishes
  • specifications

The custom build developer does all the time-consuming and risky bits like:

  • finding the plot
  • negotiating the legals
  • obtaining planning permission
  • digging the foundations
  • liaising with the utility companies

If things don’t go according to plan, you won’t be the one to take the phone call and have to sort it out and you won’t have to suffer the worry of finding the money if you go over budget. 

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At Inhabit Homes

Custom Build Homes


At Inhabit Homes

The Inhabit Homes approach custom build homes

There are several stages at which you can buy a custom build home from Inhabit Homes:

  • You may want to buy a serviced plot to build your own home on
  • You may prefer buying a watertight shell and then fit it out yourself
  • You may just prefer if we build it all and have it designed around you and your needs

The more of the build you take on, the more money off the finished price you can expect to get. At Inhabit Homes, we think that for customers the best value option is to buy a watertight shell.

This means that we have already done a lot of the hard work;

  • secured a site
  • got planning permission
  • dealt with gas, electric and water companies
  • worked out how the homes will get through building regulations
  • made sure that the construction is sound and of good quality
  • thought about design possibilities

It leaves you, the customer, with all the fun stuff to do, such as;

  • design the layout of your home to suit your needs exactly
  • source cool vintage light fittings or research the best value floors and whatever else you like doing

Spend the money where you want great quality, and budget where you don’t mind so much.

What Is A Shell?


What Is A Shell?


What is a Custom Build Shell?

If it's hard to understand what a shell means in practice - then consider it similar to buying a period home which has been stripped back to the structure.

 There are two advantages to a shell: 

Firstly, there are no nasty surprises; walls are 'true', the structure is sound and the building comes with a 10 year guarantee. You won't find rotten joists, hidden damp, or holes that need patching up. 

Secondly, unlike a normal refurb, it is still considered a 'new-build' so you will be able to reclaim all VAT on building work, plus the fixtures or fittings you install. This gives a saving of 20% on the entire fit-out budget. 

Buying a shell still involves you doing work or project management which increases your risk – but it is a choice many people make, and  it can result in significant savings.

To save even more money, you can buy a shell at what we call Golden Brick

This means that you buy the land and the shell that sits on it separately, this still gives you the fixed price certainty, but gives you a significant saving because

  • you save on stamp duty as you’re paying on the price of the land rather than the home and
  • you get an extra discount because we don’t have to raise money to build the shell. 

Custom Build and Self Build Mortgages

For both shell options, you are able to raise a self-build mortgage in the normal way.

We can put you in touch with a specialist broker to help secure the finance. 

Whichever route you take, the one thing you can take for granted is that you will get a quality watertight shell for much less money than you would pay for a new build which gives you great value for money

Custom Build Homes vs New Builds


What's The Right Approach For You?

Custom Build Homes vs New Builds


What's The Right Approach For You?

Custom Build Homes
New Build Homes
Level Of Involvement
Get involved
Get ready to move in
What You Get
Water-tight shell
Completed home
Time Commitment
Medium
Low
Effort On Your Part
Medium
Low
Complexity
Medium
Low
Ability to Customise
High
Low
Risk
Medium
Low
Savings
High
Low
Creative Freedom
High
Low

Custom Build Homes


Custom Build Homes


WHO ARE THEY FOR?       

If you have a clear idea of how you would like your home designed, and enjoy interior decorating, and if you don’t mind getting your hands dirty and putting in the time and commitment to creating the home you want, then a custom build home could be the perfect choice.

BENEFITS

  • Complete creative freedom to design and finish off your home either by yourself or with an interior architect
  • Receive a ready to work on, water-tight shell that meets all environmental performance standards
  • Save the time and hassle of buying a house and then having to strip it out or renovate it
  • Economies of scale in relation to land and construction costs
  • Maximise potential savings by completing the fit out yourself
  • Substantially reduced complexity
  • Time to focus on the internal feel of your new home

WHAT YOU DO                                                                    

  • Set your budget and overall space requirements
  • Provide funds relating to land purchase and construction
  • Fit-out of your new home the way you want either by yourself or with an interior architect
  • Move in!

WHAT WE DO

  • Locate a suitable site with planning permission
  • Create a legal entity for the purchase of land and construction of the shells
  • Negotiate and purchase land on your behalf
  • Manage the shell construction process
  • Ensure all statutory requirements are met

New Build Homes


New Build Homes


WHO ARE THEY FOR?       

Are you currently looking for a high quality, low energy, brilliantly designed home which is designed around the way we live today? If so, then one of our new build homes might be for you. In this approach, you can purchase a new home that has already been, or is currently being, developed.

BENEFITS

  • Substantially reduced complexity and time commitment
  • Contemporary design delivered by award winning developers
  • Experience the look and feel of your new home before buying

WHAT YOU DO

  • Set your requirements in terms of budget, overall space and location
  • Attend private viewings
  • Arrange finances
  • Move in!

WHAT WE DO

  • Work with you to find the right home in the right location
  • Hep you find a home in one of our developments that meets your lifestyle needs
  • Introduce you to exclusive developments before they come to market

Which option is for you?


Which option is for you?


 

Not quite sure? Learn about all our developments.