If your New Year’s plan is to join the 53% of people in the UK who wish to build their own home or if you are planning a major build or renovation project, our self build cost calculator can help you kick start your project. Nick Cook is an experienced builder, he developed ProntoCALC to help homeowners plan and budget their projects, so they keep financial control and enjoy the process.
Firstly, you will need to choose a design professional. Most homeowners will commission an architect to draw up the plans and designs. Architects are highly skilled and professionally trained to turn your dreams into reality. They will guide you through the design, planning and build process whether you are constructing a new building or adapting your existing home. It makes sense to at least talk to an Architect for advice before you get going. RIBA the Royal Institute of British Architects have a handy guide How to work with an Architect, which will help you to make a shortlist of practices to contact for an initial consultation.
Secondly, you will need to understand your budget. Our online build cost estimator allows you to estimate costs involved when building an extension, new self-build, a barn conversion or any other types of building work. We developed it for Builders, Architects and Self Builders to make the estimating of the project costs easier, accurate and inclusive. It uses a simple and straightforward data entry system to produce a 14-page PDF schedule of costs which details all aspects of the build. The format confirms to both the Builder and Client that all items are included, and also enables project adjustments to be made to suit your budget.
Thirdly, having appointed an Architect detailed plans can be drawn, these will be used by the builders to price your project. If you ensure that all the Builders are using ProntoCALC, you will have like-for-like quotes to enable easy comparisons can be made. When the Builder is appointed and work begins, the PRO Section of ProntoCALC allows the builder and self-builder to financially manage the project. Any design changes during the construction process can be recorded and the cost changes immediately applied to the budget. By using the ProntoCALC system to provide full details, both parties can be confident that they are completely aware of what is, and what isn’t included in the budget. It also saves a significant amount of time by doing all the calculations for you. You will probably be spending the largest amount of money you will ever spend in your life, spend it with confidence.
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