Self Building an Unusual Home
Dreaming of self building your home could be a very different prospect to actually building it. Perhaps your plans include a strange shaped house or a replica of an ancient building. The planning department and your new neighbours may have something to say about that.
Big IdeasThere have been many television programmes as well as books that show enormous houses made of glass, replica water towers and strange shaped homes based on Victorian follies. These types of homes are rare, that is why they are written about or appear on our screens. When it comes down to self building your home your dreams may be broken before you lay a single brick.
Buying a PlotWhen purchasing your building plot it may come with outlying permission for a house. This does not mean that you can build any form of house on your new plot. Any changes to the original design either external or internal will have to be run past, planning experts and councillors at your local council offices. If there are any concerns building inspectors will be called in to comment and your proposed build will drag on as it is discussed in meeting after meeting.
Near neighbours to your plot will automatically be notified of any development in the area whether it is a simple home extension or the erection of a new housing estate. They will all know about your home and will also be able to view the plans that are held at the council offices. Your dream build will become an open secret so why not make friends with your new neighbours and dispel any fears they have that may well hold up a planning application. A barbecue on the site to get to know your neighbours will give you the opportunity to explain why you wish to build a lighthouse in an inner city brown fill site or erect a glass tower.