Planning a new-build property presents the perfect opportunity to start afresh. However, while this offers freedoms that aren’t there when updating existing properties, there are still steps that must be taken to go ahead with the build.
For construction businesses to create new-build homes that are structurally sound and meet key requirements, it’s important to have a plan. If you oversee a construction business and are about to begin a new-build project, read on to get an insight into the main considerations required ahead of any building work.
During the early planning stage of your project, it’s important that safety is prioritised. As well as protecting builders and others working on site, you’ll need to look ahead to protecting the residents once they have moved in.
This means that everything from the foundations to the materials used and the quality of the build must be considered. House design should be completed in line with the Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS), but requirements can vary depending on who will be living at the property. For instance, nursing homes have slightly different regulations in place. Consider who the eventual residents will be as this will affect how you approach the build.
Specific safety considerations will include fire safety, the electrics, temperature control and how the property is set out. This early planning stage is crucial for getting the safety elements right.
For added protection, taking out a relevant construction insurance policy may provide cover should something not go to plan. This is a precaution, however, as you’ll be looking to implement the best-quality construction work from the get-go.
Do your research
Additionally, plan for the future. Look at what’s coming down the line and research any legislation that might impact your project. For instance, the UK government has introduced a ban on the installation of traditional gas boilers in new-build properties from 2025. This means that you’ll need to have an alternative energy source in place when you complete the build.
Get planning permission
Once you’ve drawn up plans, you’ll be able to apply for planning permission and building regulations approval. Use the building control services of your local authority or appoint an approved inspector to check over the building requirements. From here, there will be checks to ensure that your plans meet regulations before permission to build on the proposed plot is granted.
Start with an estimated budget. Have someone create a checklist of everything that will be needed, from materials to the cost of labour, and get an idea of the required outlay. This is an essential part of the project as it can be easy to overspend. Try to stick to the agreed budget as much as possible and keep on top of any excess.
Checks must be carried out at every stage of the building process. A new-build property is a big project and issues – both functional and cosmetic – will arise; they must be addressed before anyone moves in. With regular assessments throughout the build, these will be picked up but it’s crucial that you run final aftercare assessments of the property before it’s occupied.