planning permission

Design & planning

Designing and planning your self-build timber frame home is exciting, and sometimes daunting! With over 30 years’ experience in timber frame self-build, we make the process as straightforward and enjoyable as possible for our clients.

Our design team is managed by Head of Design Bernard Buss, who has designed hundreds of timber frame homes during his many years in the industry. Bernard’s outstanding knowledge and experience of timber frame design will ensure your project meets the very highest design and quality standards.

If you’re working with an architect, we’ll assign one of our experienced construction designers to steer the technical process from start to finish.

Our ISO 9001-certified quality assurance process covers:

Free initial design service
If you’ve already acquired your plot of land, get momentum going with our free, no-obligation initial design service. Complete our design brief questionnaire* and we’ll create a plan and one elevation based on your wish list. You can make up to three sets of revisions with no cost incurred.

Bespoke timber frame design
Looking for the personal touch for your bespoke self-build project? Every Fleming Homes’ design is created from a blank sheet of paper, to your specific needs. Fill in our Design Brief to get started.

Planning permission made easy
Looking for a simpler way to get planning permission for your self-build? See Fleming Homes’ no-cost planning permission service.

Construction design
Need an experienced construction designer by your side? See how our ISO 9001 quality assurance and dedicated self-build technician can help ensure your custom build success.

* This PDF form can be completed online via a desktop computer. To complete the form via a mobile device, please open via a third party app such as “Adobe Acrobat Reader” (iOS or Android). Alternatively, please print this form and complete by hand.

From Concept to Design
Hand Drawn Design Service


"We are onto our third self-build project. We've used Fleming Homes' design team for each of our houses and have been delighted with their flexible, friendly and reliable approach to timber frame supply."

Mr & Mrs Downie, York

"The personal service is excellent and it was reassuring to be able to pick up the phone and speak to someone throughout the self-build process."

Mrs G Douglas, Nenthorn, Scotland

"Fleming Homes are one of the finest and most client-focused commercial firms we have ever encountered. It was a very happy and positive experience."

Dr & Mrs Lovegrove, Perthshire

"Pulling all the component parts of a self-build project together is the real challenge. Fleming Homes are extremely helpful in this respect. Their service is exceedingly thorough right through the build process. Working with them is an enjoyable experience."

Roy Croucher, Brighton

"We first made contact with Fleming Homes at the Harrogate show, and from that initial contact, the whole experience of obtaining a quotation based upon our own design, accepting the quote, converting our design to detailed drawings for production, delivery and erection exceeded my expectations. Excellent service from start to finish."

Lee McKenzie, Derby

"A great kit, a great company, and a great team. The guys at Flemings are the best I have had the pleasure in dealing with. They really do care, and if you have any queries they will resolve straight away. Friendly, upbeat, positive. I have a few more builds still to go, and you bet I will be using Fleming Homes."

Steve Owen, Scottish Borders

"Wow, what a whirlwind journey, from arriving on a truck to sign-off of the timber frame in just three weeks. I don't think I have ever seen anyone work such long hours in freezing conditions, wind, rain and the occasional sunshine! Thank you Fleming Homes for helping make our dream a reality."

Julie Voller, Chertsey

"I’d happily recommend Fleming Homes to my clients in my planning consultant capacity."

Kate Jenkins MRICS MRTPI, Director, Ericht Planning & Property Consultants

"Fleming were amazing from start to finish. We could not have done it without them."

Mr & Mrs Fairley, West Sussex

"Fleming Homes are an all round excellent company to work with. The service provided by every contact I've had has been extremely professional and nothing was a problem. Fleming Homes have been one of the easy parts of building a house!"

Mr. Bulloch, Dunlop, Ayrshire

"I'd do it all again and with Fleming Homes. We are thrilled with our new house and it's turned out far better than we could have ever hoped for"

Paul Bates, Carmarthenshire

"I would wholeheartedly encourage self-builders to use Fleming without reservation.  The product is of high quality and eco-friendly. We had a faultless experience from start to finish."

Sylvester Dengzee, Ipswich

"We were delighted with every aspect of dealing with your company and our kit home, you could not do enough to help us and answer all our questions so promptly. Also the quality of the kit was excellent. We would use you again without question, your staff were so professional and did a great job."

Bill Cheape, Edinburgh

"I just wanted to let you know how impressed I  have been by the quality and the professionalism of all your team. They've done a great job and I would be happy to recommend them to anyone."

Peter Murphy, Buckinghamshire

"A massive thank you for everything you and your colleagues have done for us so far. The service from all at Fleming Homes has been superb. Please pass on our thanks to all concerned."

Neil Archer-Munro

"An excellent service and each and every call I made to Fleming Homes I felt I was speaking to a good friend".

Morris Manson