Beautiful, bespoke, energy saving homes

Ever thought about building your own home?

Thousands do it each year … so can you!

What is Self Build?

Each year thousands of families and individuals choose to build their own home, however the term ‘self-build’ is a little misleading. Anyone who arranges the design and build of their own home is technically a ‘self-builder’. But you don’t have to spend all your spare time on your project, be a DIY enthusiast or work in construction to successfully build your own home. Many ‘self-builders’ have little or no knowledge of the building industry or simply don’t have the time to devote hours and hours each week to organising and managing their project.

The vast majority of our clients lead busy lives and our unique service is carefully tailored to suit each client’s personal circumstances. With Design & Materials you can be involved as much or as little as you choose. We have been providing our service for 45 years and have helped people from all walks of life to build their own home. So we know from experience that there are parts of your project that you will want to be closely involved in, an obvious example being the design process. You will also want to choose all the things that are important to you; your kitchen, bathrooms, windows and doors, staircase, floor and wall finishes, heating system and ECO options being the most common items. Our service ensures that you will be able to make those important choices guided at every stage by our experienced team of experts.

Be inspired

Please take a few minutes to browse our website which explains in detail how we can help you and what we were able to achieve for past clients. We have included a selection of Case Studies and many images of beautiful homes in every corner of the land, built using our service which will hopefully inspire you to build your own home with Design & Materials.

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.

Demolish or extend?

Our service also includes extensions and refurbishment. If you are unsure whether to extend and refurbish or demolish and rebuild then we can help you assess your options and advise on the likely cost implications.

Talk to us

If you are considering self-build then please contact us. We pride ourselves on giving sound, impartial advice from the outset.

Self-build Guide

Building your own home is an exciting and hugely rewarding experience. If you are thinking about joining the growing number of self-builders you can download a complimentary copy of our Self-build Guide which includes everything you need to start you on your journey.