If you’re in the process of looking for a plot to build a new home then it can be both an exciting and daunting process. To help you, we’ve put a together a few points to keep in mind when assessing a potential plot.

How do you access the site?

A long access road can be very costly and add significantly to your budget, while a shorter more level access will be considerably cheaper. If there is an existing access road to the site assess whether it’s suitable for a large lorry or construction vehicles delivering materials for example a timber frame or steel work to site.

What about services?

Some sites are available serviced, which means that there is a water connection and electrical connection on site. However many others in remoter areas do not.

If the plot you are looking at is un-serviced check if there is a mains water connection near the site. If there is no mains water in the area you may have to look at a private supply or borehole, which can add additional cost.

Likewise check that there is an electrical connection close to the site.  If the connection point is far away from the site it can also add to your budget.

Is there mains sewage connection available? Or will a private septic tank or treatment plant be required?

Ground Conditions

Assess the ground conditions carefully. It is possible to build on any ground condition but you don’t want most of your budget being used to get the building out of the ground!

The Site

A major part of the design of a bespoke house is a response to the site: the view, the topography, the orientation, the local vernacular, the local materials and trades. If you have a very strong idea of what you would like make sure the site is right for it. For example: if you want a house on one level don’t buy a steeply sloping site.

When you’ve found a site you’d like to purchase, contact the studio for an informal chat about the site or e-mail pictures and planning information through and we will happily look over the information and answer any questions you may have. Alternatively you could arrange for an architect to visit the site and produce a feasibility study.