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Why we’re self building at Graven Hill

A 3D representation of how Graven Hill could look once fully developed

The first project of its kind in the UK, Graven Hill is a council-enabled development specifically aimed at self and custom builders – offering opportunities for up to 1,900 bespoke homes. The goal is to make creating your own home easier by addressing a number of early-stage barriers.

Over 12,000 people manage to find land and build every year; but tracking down a suitable plot is still one of the biggest challenges for anyone who wants to create a bespoke home. It’s not just about identifying a gorgeous countryside or edge-of-village site. You need to be sure you can actually get planning permission for a house design that will suit you. And even if the plot looks viable, you still need to check there are no nasty surprises in store, such as bad ground conditions or difficult-to-access utilities, which could add cost and delay to your scheme

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Amber and Lee Wilmot jumped at the chance to build their dream property in the back garden of Amber’s childhood home in West Sussex
Vincent Haines and Jacqueline Jiang- Haines came up with a striking neo- Georgian-design for their self build home
For Donald MacKinnon and his wife Sarah, fond childhood memories of summers spent on the Isle of Skye prompted the couple to self build a home on the family’s croft
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