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How good design will save you money

Architect Opinder Liddar gives his tips on maximising your budget by planning a project that delivers the best return on your investment
Future proofing the design and layout of their home was an important part of David and Lynette Proctor’s self build strategy. The couple also spent plenty of time at the technical drawings phase, as they knew a thorough approach would reduce the likelihood of cash flow problems further down the line

Today, you could technically build anything – if you had a large enough budget. However, in reality, funds are limited and self builders demand innovative solutions for their bespoke projects. Of course, I understand that in designing your dream home, you want it to be exemplary and exciting. But I also know that unless you can afford it, your scheme will not happen.

As an expert at events like Build It Live, I have the opportunity to talk to many prospective self builders. All too often, I’ve seen people who present me with wonderful schemes that they simply can’t proceed with. These projects are unaffordable because the design is too elaborate and there are no appropriate cost controls in place. Not only is this emotionally draining for the clients, but it’s an unnecessary and expensive ordeal.

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Plan, design and build your dream home with practical advice and inspiration from Build It magazine. The November 2019 edition includes: - Britain's Best Homes of 2019 - The Build It Awards Nominations! - The Build It Education House - The Ultimate Guide to Heating Your Home - Expert Design Ideas to save you £100,000 - How to Win Planning Permission ...And more!