After giving up on trying to buy a reasonably priced renovation project, we've finally decided to buy some land and to design & build a house of our own from scratch.
We'll be doing the work ourselves because it's the only way we can fund it and although we've renovated and extended many properties, we're new to building from scratch here in France and so we'd appreciate advice from people who've done this, or from suppliers who can help us so we don't make stupid mistakes.
We need an architect because the house will be over the 170m2 limit so we're getting our plans put in .dwg format which can be sent to an architect to do the necessary for planning permission. We're getting quotes for architect fees and RT2012 studies - any advice or suggestions of people we can use would be most welcome.
Can anyone point to a really good site/info explaining what we have to do to get RT2012 compliance in the build? Have anyone got experience of complying to RT2012 we could talk to?
We're thinking of timber frame construction with a post and beam decking outside. We may use block for the ground floor with timber frame above. It all depends on cost. Does anyone know how the cost of block work compares with timber frame panels (material only because we'll be doing the labour).
Can anyone recommend a timber frame company for self-builders in France (we're in the Gers but have heard that we might get a better deal up north)? Found quite a resonably priced one in Latvia......!
That's all my questions for now. Lots more to come! Would appreciate any help or advice....