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10THINGS NOT TO FORGET AT THE DESIGN STAGE

With so much to think about when designing a new home, it can be easy to overlook elements that could make a signifi cant impact on the fi nished property. Architect Julian Owen highlights the key things to bear in mind to ensure you get the lifestyle you want
Large glazed spans help to bring natural light in, but you need to carefully plan the design to ensure the room isn’t at risk of overheating. These sliding doors are by Schueco (www.schueco.com)

4 Don’t just budget for the construction work

Your design will be dictated considerably by your fi nances. While most people realise that they need to factor in the cost of the building work, it’s easy to forget about the other aspects that need to be accounted for on top of this. Quite a lot of money has to be spent on things that seem minor on their own, but collectively can tot up to thousands of pounds. These include landscaping, fi nance and insurance costs, professional and local authority fees, site surveys, access from the highway and service connections. The price of some elements can be fairly accurately predicted – such as planning fees and sewer connection charges – others have to be estimated. Don’t forget that you’ll also need a contingency on top.

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Inside the October edition of Build It magazine: - Smart Homes special: How tech can simplify your lifestyle - Beginner's guide to winning planning permission - Extension costs guide - Passivhaus: Does it make sense for eco renovations? - How to knock through walls & open up space - Building contracts explained - Underloor heating innovations ... and more!