Planning | Designing | Organising

One-Stop Shop Solution

Is this your first ever self-build or you are an experienced professional? Regardless our team will take you through the process of planning, designing and organising every aspect of your timber kit house for you. 
  • Budget Cost Plan – to establish the overall construction costs
  • Planning application and Building Warrant application
  • Architectural Design
  • Structural Engineering Design
  • Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing (MEP) Services Design
  • Renewable Technologies Design
  • Contractor Appraisal and Competitive Tenders
  • All surveys, reports and site investigations


“The Neat Living one-stop shop solution is the way to go”

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The Process of Planning, Designing and Organising a New Home


Take a look at the general process below that our one-stop shop professionals will take you through.

01. Hello and welcome!

Contact us today and let’s get started with hearing about your project. Choose from the Neat Living range or we can prepare a customised design for you.

02. Budget Cost Plan

A Budget Cost Plan is the logical starting point to understanding all of your project costs, not only the costs from Neat Living but also the other construction and fit-out costs.

03. Pre-application for Planning and Initial Design

The Pre-application for Planning and Initial Design stage involves pulling together sufficient information for the purposes of submitting a pre-application for planning. Typically this will include a site layout plan, plan and elevations of the building and importantly the Initial Planning Design and Access Statement. We do all of this to get your project off to the best possible start with the local planner.  

04. Full Planning and Detailed Design 

Next, we update and develop the architectural drawings for full planning purposes. This is also the time when you can provide answers to how you wish the building to be fitted out to meet your requirements. We will also undertake a number of surveys and reports such as site investigations (SI) to allow us to undertake the structural engineering, foundation design and drainage design, all as part of preparing to make a full planning application and the subsequent building warrant. 


05. Building Warrant and Competitive Tendering.  

Once full planning has been granted, design for the building warrant involves completing any detailed design including undertaking architectural, structural and services (MEP) design information as part of the warrant submission. Then, with all of the design information now thoroughly developed, we can arrange the competitive tenders for the contractor proportion of the works – such as foundations and civils plus the fit-out of the kit. Obtaining competitive tenders is a vital stage for any self-build project and this must be appropriately organised for you to get the best possible value for money. 

06. Off-Site Construction

Both the Aurora and Flex Timber Kits are manufactured off-site. Following the competitive tendering stage, you will be able to appoint a contractor. The site works typically start with your contractor undertaking foundations and groundwork which can be run in parallel with the construction of the kit, to keep the build process short. Once the foundations are ready, the kit can be delivered 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. From there, all site works are progressed by your chosen contractor. 

How much will my house cost to build?



If you are buying or already have land or a plot, a Budget Cost Plan is the correct place to start. Neat Living can, of course, provide you with a proposal for your preferred timber kit, but what everyone needs to know is “How much will my house cost to build?”




This is a Budget Cost Plan and it is a means to identify all of the main elemental costs for a project.

Thinking About How to Get Started?


Call us today on 0141 297 1927 or use the Contact Us Here button to send us a message. 


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