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Building a House in a Garden

If you have a large garden, have you considered building a house in it to maximise its value? In this Simple Guide, we take you through each step of designing and building a new dwelling on your land.

Throughout this Simple Guide, we refer to a ‘house’, ‘dwelling’ or ‘home’ in your garden. This could also be a bungalow. We also use the term ‘architect’ to refer to your chosen designer which can be substituted by their title if different.

What are you aiming to achieve?

There are several options open to you if you have a large garden with the potential to build on, including:

  • Sell both your existing home and the new plot with Planning Permission.
  • Remain in your house and sell the plot with Planning Permission.
  • Build the new house in your garden and sell, rent, or provide it for a family member.
  • Build a new home for yourself and sell or rent your existing property

Regardless of which option you choose, by obtaining Planning Permission on your existing land for a new home, you will significantly increase the value of your plot with a relatively low initial outlay. This will affect the value of your existing home but this should be minimal. Check with your local estate agent to get a full idea of the values before you decide how you want to proceed.

If you intend to sell the additional plot and remain in your own home or build it yourself, be aware that you will be living next to a building site for 9 to 12 months.

This guide should give you a basic idea of how your project can be achieved and the steps you will take from beginning to end.

3HW offer a free one-hour consultation where we can discuss with you, your initial ideas and advise you on how to realise your dream. Please contact us to make an appointment.

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