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Digital Subscriptions > Build It > May 2019 > HOUSE DESIGN masterclass Part 2 Site survey & assessment

HOUSE DESIGN masterclass Part 2 Site survey & assessment

If you’re thinking about buying a specific plot, there’s a lot of early legwork you can do to establish its feasibility for a self build and flag up potential design implications. Architect Julian Owen takes a methodical approach to what to do
If there are trees close to where you’re building, it’s probably a good idea to get them checked out. This new house by architects Ian McChesney (www.mcchesney.co.uk) was built close to trees. The designers had to negotiate extensively with the local planning department, mainly because of the location within a conservation area
ADAM SCOTT

Why are self build houses better designed than most of those found on a typical housing estate? It’s partly because self builders customise their homes to their individual tastes, aspirations and budget. But there is another factor that makes the character of a well-planned project unique – where it’s built. Every plot, however ordinary it may look, has distinct features that can influence the layout and form of the building. Architects use these characteristics to help shape a new dwelling.

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Build It is Britain’s longest running self build magazine. Each issue is packed full of inspirational and informative readers’ homes, as well as expert advice on issues from budgets and planning to project management and design. This month: - Beginners guide to extensions - Energy efficient masonry - Renovating a Victorian house - How to maximise your self build budget - Dealing with planning conditions