Our editor-in-large Kevin McCloud shares his top self build tips to make sure your own grand designs house is a success
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Ahead of Grand Designs Live at Birmingham's NEC, our Editor-at-Large Kevin McCloud shares his self build wisdom with us to ensure your self build goes up without a hitch.
Over to you Kevin.
Consider your contacts wisely
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'Hire a good architect and the fees will pay for themselves. They will be able to let you know what works in a home and, more importantly, what doesn’t.'
Leave the details to the experts
'Appoint an experienced project manager. They will know about important issues, such as negotiating with utility companies regarding pipes and cabling, and will keep the build on schedule.'
Leave room in the budget
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'Add around 20 per cent to your budget to cover any unforeseen costs that almost always crop up.'
Hire a professional
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'Get the build costed by a professional quantity surveyor. Never rely on figures produced by your builder or architect.'
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'Professional trades are key – they do this for a living, so use recommendations and always check for references.'
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'Go green – the build stage is the best time to cut long-term costs, add insulation and solar panels.'
Make your new house a home
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'Don’t just go for the latest trends – incorporate elements that you know will make you happy and add value to your life in your new home; it’s not just about boosting the asking price.'
See Kevin McCloud at next week's Grand Designs Live at Birmingham's NEC, where he'll be talking all things self build with 2018's Grand Designers and a host of industry experts.
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