01. Hello and welcome!
How may we help you? Are you looking for a bespoke design or possibly something from the Aurora or Flex ranges? Start your journey today with a call or send us an enquiry via the Contact Us link below.
Our proposal will summarise all of the key steps involved in progressing your kit design and manufacturing, with the costs, for your consideration.
The design stage involves pulling together your requirements and preparing the design. This may be done in mini-stages, such as (1) feasibility (to help you to get a handle on the costs, with a Budget Cost Plan), (2) pre-application for planning (in order to get initial feedback from the local authority), (3) full planning and (4) building warrant. By breaking the design into mini-stages it means that you are keeping costs low until you are ready to progress.
04. Budget Cost Plan, Surveys and Reports.
Typically, a number of surveys and reports including site investigations (SI) and a topographic survey are required to allow us to undertake the structural engineering, foundation design and drainage design, which needs to be completed ahead of making a full planning application. Completion of this work allows a Budget Cost Plan to be established. A Budget Cost Plan will also help to support your case in establishing costs for a mortgage application if required.
05. Planning, Building Warrant and Competitive Tenders.
Once the design is agreed with you, a planning application is prepared for the local authority. Usually, a pre-application will be completed first, as the response will highlight any issues the local authority has, which allows for the design to be tweaked, if necessary. The building warrant is applied for after full planning has been granted – again to take account of any conditions that may be attached to planning. With all of the design information now thoroughly completed, a competitive tendering process to identify a suitable contractor can be undertaken.
06. Factory Construction
Both the Aurora and Flex Timber Kits are factory manufactured. Meantime, the client’s contractor would usually be undertaking foundations and groundwork which can be run in parallel with factory construction, shortening the build process. On completion, delivery of the kit is made to the site.
07. On-site construction
Depending on your chosen system – Flex or Aurora, there are two different ways that the kit is erected. With the Flex system, the kits will be delivered and erected onto the pre-prepared foundation. With the Aurora system, kits are delivered to the site and these are erected by the client’s contractor.
08. Air Tightness and Taping – Flex only.
Once the Flex kit system is erected, the entire envelope must be taped. This is a skilled and labour-intensive job as it requires taping all of the joints and connection points throughout the external wall and roof elements. This is the final stage in the process to achieve the required airtightness standards for a low energy building. On completion, the building is handed back to the client contractor team for the remaining fit-out.
The Services that Neat Living Provides for Self-Builders
If you’ve read about the process, you’ll see that the process involves Neat Living undertaking design, planning and warrant and kit supply. You’ll also appreciate that there are activities that are organised by others – say contractors that the client appoints directly to install foundations, undertake the civil works and the fit-out, albeit to Neat Living’s design.
If you are new to self-build this may seem complex and even confusing. Don’t worry you’re not alone. In reality, however, this is tried and tested – thousands of kit builds are completed every year, so whilst it may be new to you, it’s not new to the industry.
Neat Living is here to help and we have a number of services totally catered for the self-builder. On our Services Page, you’ll find out what these services are and how they will help you towards achieving your self-build project.
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