Designing your new home
A major attraction of self-build is the opportunity to design your own home, and our design service can support you in this process. It’s important that you understand the general design principles underpinning a good self-build design, before getting started.
Note the following essentials when designing your new home:
Natural solar gain. The orientation of your home is critical. Where practical, the most used rooms in a home should be designed to face south/south west to maximise solar gain.
Window and wall dimensions. Again, orientation is critical. Continuous wall areas are highly efficient, so maximising wall area on the colder north face has a significant impact. Keep north-facing windows to a minimum to improve thermal efficiency. Only consider large windows if there are substantial views influencing the design.
Orientation again! Design your home for south-facing living, to create light spaces with less need for artificial light and energy.
Surrounding environment. The gradient of the site, surrounding views, shelter and local vernacular architecture should all be considered closely.
Build method. Achieve significant cost efficiencies by making best use of the design capabilities of your chosen building method.
Planning. All building designs are steered by planning regulations, so it’s vital to research the planning regulations for your surrounding area and neighbourhood.
Utilities. Consider the layout of kitchens, bathrooms and utilities, to minimise service and drainage runs.
Heating. There are many ways to heat a home nowadays (if at all!). Incorporate your heating system into your design from the start to build in cost efficiencies.
Energy. Alternative green energy systems should be considered at the outset, to reduce fossil fuel use and cut future bills. Consider solar panels, PV panels, heat pumps and heat recovery systems.
Cost efficiency. A major benefit of self-build is the chance get the most from your investment. Building cost efficiencies into the early design phase can significantly reduce your total build cost.
Our design service takes all these points into account. Every Fleming Homes’ timber frame design is created from a blank sheet of paper, and developed around your bespoke needs and the site’s potential.
Start designing your self-build home
Designing your own home is easier than you think. To start the process, simply send us some essential information about your project, using our Design Brief Questionnaire interactive PDF. This will help you collate your requirements for an initial design brief.
A design brief is essentially a wish list for your project. The more information you include in your wish list, the more specific we can make your initial design. We’ll then work with you to develop your wish list into a design that matches your aspirations for your self-build home.
If you've already secured a plot, we'll provide you with a plan and one elevation based on your wish list. You can make up to three sets of revisions free of charge. If you want to go on and make further design amendments we charge a flat fee of £500 which is deducted from the cost of your timber frame, if you decide to go ahead.
We can also design and supply a timber frame kit based on your own architect’s design. If your architect has already supplied drawings, simply email them to us for a no-obligation free quote.
For a free quote, email your architect’s drawings to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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