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Interested in building your own home?

People interested in building their own home are being invited to sign up to a new register set up by South Holland District Council.

Cllr Christine Lawton

As part of a government drive to encourage more people to build their own homes, councils have been asked to set up registers for individuals/groups interested in a serviced plot for custom or self-build homes.

By registering, you will help us find out more about the demand for custom and self-build plots in South Holland, where people would like their plot to be and the type of house they would like to build.

Cllr Christine Lawton, South Holland District Council's Portfolio Holder for Housing, said: "This is an exciting and unique opportunity for people to potentially build their own dream home and I would encourage anyone interested to register as soon as possible.

"The responses will form a plan for custom and self-build homes in the district but do not guarantee that a plot will become available."

There is a difference between custom and self-build developments - custom build is when people work with a specialist developer to deliver their home, self-build is when people directly get involved in the design and construction of their home.

Before registering your interest, it's worth considering what is involved and how much it could potentially cost you.

Build costs will vary depending on the specification that you want and can afford.

For an estimate of costs there are a number of useful toolkits which can be found through a simple internet search.

To get an accurate build cost estimate you will need to have an idea of the following:

· Custom/self-build option

· Property type

· Floor area in square metres/square feet

· Construction method (bricks, timber frame etc)

· Roof materials, external walls construction (stone, brick etc)

· Heating specification

· Budget for renewable energy sources

· Budget for kitchen and bathroom

· Garage equipment

· Length of fencing

· Length of driveway

For more information or to sign up to the register visit www.sholland.gov.uk or call South Holland District Council's Housing Team on 01775 764630.

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