Beautiful, bespoke, energy saving homes


We have everything you need to build your own home

45 years of know-how

Personal service is the heart of Design & Materials. For 45 years we have been helping clients, in every corner of the land, to build beautiful, bespoke, energy saving homes; from cosy cottages to large country houses and from traditional to contemporary cutting edge design. We have an unrivalled depth of experience and provide you with everything you need to successfully build your own home. We pride ourselves on a high level of personal service, customer care and giving sound, reliable advice at every stage of your project.

Friendly team of experts

You can build on our experience

We are a friendly, helpful team each with 20 to 30 years’ service and know-how which you can draw on. We are always willing to go the extra mile to ensure our clients realise their dream.


The key stages of building your new home

  • Planning Appraisal
  • Feasibility Study
  • Setting Your Budget
  • Creative Bespoke Design
  • Planning Permission
  • Building Approvals
  • Dealing with Third Parties
  • Tendering to proven builders
  • Fixed Figure for the Build
  • High Quality Materials
  • Friendly Professional Service
  • Support from Start to Finish

Planning Appraisal

If you think you have found a potential building plot or an existing property for replacement, then the team can provide you with a Planning Appraisal. Tell us what you are looking to build and we will check if that is viable given the Councils Planning Policies. This is usually carried out free of charge unless you require a site visit in which case a fee will apply.

Feasibility Study

If you own a plot or have an existing property for replacement, then Design & Materials can undertake a Feasibility Study which is free of charge and without obligation. One of our experienced team will visit you, look over your site, discuss what you have in mind, assess the planning prospects and help you establish a budget. We will then send you a written report confirming the outcome of the Feasibility Study. Please contact us on 01909 531 454 and we will see what we can do to help get your project started.

Design & Planning

Designing your new home and obtaining planning permission

Good design is a key element of any successful building project. Our Head of Design, Beverley Pemberton, is one of the country’s leading house designers with an unrivalled track record of designing exciting, sympathetic and imaginative bespoke homes. Given the opportunity we are confident she can create something special for you. See Design page for more details.

When you are happy with your design we prepare and submit the planning application and manage the process on your behalf. We have a track record rarely matched by others of successfully negotiating planning permission for the homes our clients want to build.

Our Project Coordinator will assess the level of work involved in designing your new home and obtaining planning and then agree a fixed fee with you.

Tendering the work / finding you the right builder

A cost certain approach to building your new home

We believe our system to be unique and the most user friendly available in the self-build market. Before you commit to the expense of third party fees, Building Regulations application and other associated costs for a modest fee we undertake a detailed costing exercise which enables us to provide our clients with a figure for the overall build costs. This gives our clients peace of mind moving forward, in the knowledge they can afford to build.

The Build phase

Getting your new home built

We will assist you to assess the builders’ tenders, arrange site interviews and references to enable you to make an informed decision on which builder is right for you. Once building work is underway we liaise closely with the builder to ensure the right materials are delivered at the right time and in the right quantity. You will be kept fully informed of progress on site. On completion our Project Coordinator and your builder will ‘walk-through’ the dwelling with you for a final check over and also guide you with the various manuals and guarantees.


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Freedom to choose

The essence of building your own home

The essence of self-build is individual choice and our system ensures that you are free to choose all the things that are important to you. Common examples are windows, doors, kitchen, sanitary ware, floor coverings, ceramic tiles, fireplaces and ECO options. With Design & Materials, you are buying into a highly experienced team of experts; architect, designer, technicians, project coordinator, materials department and back-up staff who have worked for the company on average for over 25 years.

Our unique service has evolved from feedback and listening to what our clients say about us.

For more information, visit our Client Reviews page.