Has the time come to find your perfect home? If so, you may be considering a new build. New build properties have rocketed in popularity recently, with pent-up demand throughout lockdown sending sales soaring. If you’re wondering what is a new build and if one could be right for you, read on. At High & Dry, we’ve built many new build homes over the years. We can answer any questions you may have about the process.
What is a new build property?
A new build refers to a new construction rather than the refurbishment or renovation of an existing structure. Whilst the term is often used in relation to houses, it can include other buildings such as flats and apartments. A new build has not yet been bought or lived in by anyone. There’s a lot of focus on building more new build homes right now due to the nation’s property shortage. The government pledged to increase housebuilding to 300,000 per year by the mid-2020s. However, it’s set to miss this target by almost a decade. With delays caused by the coronavirus lockdown, it’s now not expected to reach this figure until 2032.
What are the benefits of a new build property?
Many people are drawn to new build homes in Scunthorpe, Brigg, and Grimsby. Whilst some people prefer the charm and stability offered by older properties, thousands of us can’t resist the blank canvas of a newly constructed home. There are many benefits to investing in a new build. One of the biggest is that you can tailor its design to your needs and preferences. At High & Dry, we can create a new build home to your exact specifications, making sure the finished result reflects your vision exactly. Imagine moving into a house that’s totally in line with your lifestyle.
You can expect your energy bills to be lower since new builds are often much warmer than older properties. New build homes must comply with the latest building regulations, ensuring that they are as eco-friendly as possible. Data from Energy Performance Certificates reveals that more than 80% of new homes have A or B ratings. This compares to only 2.2% of existing homes. On average, new builds are four times more energy-efficient than older homes. New builds are also built to strict safety standards, using the latest fire-resistant materials smoke alarms. Certain rooms must have windows that open wide enough to enable escape in the event of a fire. This can be reassuring, particularly if you have young children.
When you buy a new build, you can simply move in and start putting your own stamp on it. Since it’s a blank canvas with fresh paintwork and tiling and a newly installed kitchen and bathroom, you shouldn’t need to do anything major to it. You can simply unpack your things and begin enjoying your new home. You won’t need to get your hands dirty with painting or other manual labour. A new build is likely to be much lower maintenance than an older property too. This means you can save money on expensive repairs. Major repairs are unlikely to be necessary for the first few years which can provide you with peace of mind and save you money when you first move in.
Find a local new build specialist
Now that you know what is a new build, you may want to find a local building company that specialises in the design and construction of new build homes. At High & Dry Renovations, we’ve constructed many new build homes in Scunthorpe, Brigg, and Grimsby. We can handle every aspect of house construction, from the initial design and planning through to groundwork and bricklaying. Not only is our construction team highly experienced but we possess a genuine passion for creating dream homes for our customers. We’ll work with you to construct a property that truly reflects your needs and lifestyle.
How to get planning permission for a new build
Some people are deterred from building a new build home due to the seemingly complicated planning process. However, whilst it’s true that obtaining planning permission for a new build isn’t always straightforward, often requiring hours of research, writing, design, and problem solving to ensure the application is successful, there is help at hand. When you join forces with High & Dry Renovations, we’ll assist you with getting the planning permission you need, providing expert advice and guidance throughout the process. Obtaining planning permission for new builds in Grimsby and Scunthorpe can be daunting but we’re on hand to answer any questions you have about planning and design.
Don’t risk embarking on your new build construction without getting the necessary planning permission. If you proceed without it, you’ll have committed a planning breach. This will require you to submit a retrospective application to your local council. If it’s successful, you won’t need to do anything else. However, if the application doesn’t succeed, you may receive an enforcement notice informing you that the breach needs to be remedied. Not only will this be stressful and expensive but you may even need to dismantle the whole property in some cases.
If you’re still wondering what is a new build or you have any other questions about building your dream home, don’t hesitate to get in touch. Call us on 01652 808 049 (Brigg), 01724 646 035 (Scunthorpe) or 01472 565 074 (Grimsby) to talk to one of our friendly team. You can also send us a message via our website if you prefer and we’ll get back to you as quickly as we can. Book a free consultation to learn more about building your ideal new build property.