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Self Build Dwellings

Self-Build Dwellings for North Essex and Suffolk covering popular locations including Colchester and Sudbury

With our experience and expertise, we can help you achieve the Self Build new home you are seeking. 

We will work with you to design a house that looks fantastic, has a good layout, is energy efficient and sits comfortably within the plot.

A Self Build home lends itself to be a little different from the norm, we can assist in creating a ‘Wow’ factor, that sets your home apart from the mundane.

To achieve the dream, there are two most likely routes, a ‘Replacement Dwelling’, which is where an outdated dwelling is demolished and replaced with a new one; or a ‘New Dwelling’ where Planning Permission is granted for a new house within an existing garden, adjacent to an existing development or on a site that is within existing allocated development boundaries.

If you own a suitable site or may have access to such a site, we offer a free and without obligation, meeting to assess the situation and advise of the suitability. This will involve a meeting on site with you, where we will research the planning history of the site and discuss the possibilities and likelihood of achieving a positive result.

We regularly work within Babergh Mid Suffolk District Councils, West Suffolk Council, Colchester City Council and Braintree District Council and are familiar with their development policies. If required, we may suggest gaining the assistance of a Planning Consultant, who specialises in Planning policy, we have several consultants who we regularly work with, but can discuss this possibility in more detail at the meeting.

We have the skills and experience to work with all materials both modern and traditional, and all construction techniques such as SIP panels, off site manufactured units, as well as other modern methods of construction. 

Within the team we have a Certified Passivhaus Designer, and together with the Passivhaus Planning Package (PHPP), we can utilise these skills to design an ultra-low energy Dwelling should you wish.

We have worked on many projects, both traditional and modern in design, and are able to incorporate low energy design features, creating a warm and efficient low cost home, that will be supremely comfortable and healthy to live in.

A new Self-Build home is the dream of many people and has many benefits, including financial, with a talented and experienced design team on your side; the life experience, satisfaction, and the home being tailored exactly to your needs is something you will never regret.

Our positive, skilled, and experienced team, will guide the project through the whole process, ensuring we are in the best position to gain consent and deliver the project for you. Get in touch with Optimum Architecture today and see how we can help with your next project.

Why choose Optimum Architecture

  • Good design: We will work with you to design a home that flows well, engages with the outside and looks stunning.
  • Incorporating Low Energy Design: Blend aesthetics with efficiency. Our team can incorporate low-energy design features, creating a warm, cost-effective, and environmentally friendly home.
  • Comprehensive Project Guidance: From concept to completion, our positive, skilled, and experienced team guides you through the entire process. We aim to ensure your dream self-build home becomes a reality.
Self Build - Optimum Architecture
Replacement dwelling with cart lodge & stables, Lawshall, Suffolk
Self Build - Optimum Architecture

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