HOUSE BUILDING IN CHELMSFORD & ESSEX
Connection Construction specialises in House Building, Self-Builds and smaller Developments of 1-5 homes. Offering complete project management & turnkey house building solutions, material sourcing, liaising with services, utilities, warranties and local authorities. Bringing your home building project in on time and on budget. See our average cost to build a house guide below.
House Building for Self Builders, Landlords, Developers and Landowners
Connection Construction was set up as the house building arm of Connection Investments Ltd which owns, builds and develops residential property in Chelmsford & Essex. Having looked at house building costs with external building contractors the decision was made to create our own leaner, more efficient house building company combining 21 years of house building experience from our foreman Graham, the latest building cost estimating software and office support from the Connection Investments team.
As we are building houses for ourselves as well as offering our services as main contractors, we are uniquely placed as partner of choice when it comes to building your own house. We know firsthand the experience of the client and the building contractor.
We have faced the same costs, difficulties, obstructions, hurdles and complications you are and have dealt with them ourselves, when our money was on the line. We know what unforeseen costs can suddenly arise and will work with you to mitigate and overcome them. We work tirelessly to keep our building costs to a minimum while never compromising on quality and will bring the same approach to your project.
"Whether the project is your dream home self-build or a development for profit, Connection Construction will work with you as main building contractors to build your own house. Guaranteeing as smooth a build as possible, delivered on time and on budget"
The House Building process
Pre Build Cost Guide:
How much does it cost to build a house?
Below we cover some of the main stages that will need to be completed before your building contractors can start. House building in the UK requires a number of steps to be taken first and these need to be considered in the overall house building cost and affordability considerations.
When looking at how much to build a house, steps like drain surveys and establishing the distance of utilities can dramatically increase building costs. We have outlined below the main steps to consider.
There are significant costs to build a house. Spending £15,000 - £30,000 before your building contractor has started work may sound like a huge cost, but in the bigger picture this development will either make you a profit or, if you're self-building, give you a home that would have never been possible otherwise.
Building in general is expensive, house building especially so. There are reasons why so few people do self-build despite 53% of the population being interested in doing so. It’s expensive, it can be stressful and it’s not without risk. You’ll be one of the 0.0002% of the UK population fortunate enough to take on your own project ,so congratulations to you!
BUILDING YOUR OWN HOUSE DOES NOT NEED TO BE STRESSFUL
There's no need to be overwhelmed. If you want to work with us as your house builder we can recommend suppliers we've personally worked with at each stage or handle the whole process for you under a 'Design & Build' contract - the hands-free way to build your own house.
IF YOU WOULD PREFER A CONSTRUCTION PARTNER TO SHARE THE COST AND THE RISK WITH THEN SPEAK TO CONNECTION INVESTMENTS HERE
TIME TO GET HOUSE BUILDING
With the pre-build steps taken and a final building quote from your house builder you’ll have all the house building costs finalised. Your house builder will have allowed for all their costs based on detailed foundation design from the soil reports.
Your building contractor will have provided you with a detailed and comprehensive cost breakdown of the project along with an estimated time frame – we have to stress that no house builder can guarantee how long the building construction will take, as the British weather can derail the best plans. Bricks and blocks can’t be laid and concrete cannot be poured if it’ll drop to 2 degrees (NHBC Standards) which is why house building in the UK can be a challenge in winter.
If you appoint Connection Construction as your house builder our price will be fixed so, providing there are no surprises beyond our control and no changes are made post contract, you’ll know exactly what to expect and when. Changes can of course be made but if materials or manpower have already been spent an additional charge will apply.
A pre-agreed payment schedule will be in place consisting of an initial deposit to allow materials and manpower to be committed to your site, followed by stage payments, payable on completion of each phase as shown in the contract. A pre-agreed contract amount will be retained until the Post Build Checklist has been completed.
EXPECTED COST TO BUILD A HOUSE
While it is impossible to estimate how much it will cost to build a house without having scalable planning drawings we can estimate approximate house building costs per m2.
House building cost calculator
House Building cost when Building Shell Only:
£1,367 per m2 for zero rated projects
£1,640 per m2 when VAT has to be applied
House Building cost including Plumbing & Electrics:
£1,621 per m2 for zero rated projects
£1,945 per m2 when VAT has to be applied
Qualifying New Builds are zero rated for VAT
The House Building process
Post Build Cost Guide:
With the construction phase of the house building process coming to an end there are a few more steps to complete before you can sell or mortgage your new development:
ENJOY YOUR NEW HOME
We may be off onto our next project but we'll still just be a phone call away if anything comes up that we can help with.