Who we’re using

Here’s a list of the people and companies we’re using for various parts of our self-build. If you’re also thinking about self-building in Cornwall or the surrounding areas, you may want to contact them.

Architects

Poynton Bradbury Wynter Cole – for all floor plans, elevations, building regulations drawings and other design-related aspects

Solicitors

Charles French & Co – for buying and mortgaging the land

New home warranty and site insurance

Self-Build Zone – for the 10 year new home warranty (mandatory if you’re using a mortgage to finance the build and a good idea anyway), and site insurance (the alternative to buildings insurance while the house is being built and also protects against site injuries and similar issues)

SAP assessment

Energy Access – for the SAP assessment (a standard assessment of a new home’s energy efficiency based on drawings) and EPC (a certificate at the end of a build that confirms its energy efficiency)

Structural engineering

DCSC Structural and Civil Engineers – for the structural engineering part of the building regulations drawings, to confirm that the structure is sound

Groundworks

Burley Construction – for all groundworks, foundations, retaining wall and external blockwork

Building control

Stroma – for building regulations approval and general building control site visits (they also work with Self-Build Zone to combine site visits)

Surveys

Mining Searches UK – for mining surveys

SWARCH – for archaeological surveys

Scaffolding

Allrise Scaffolding – for the scaffolding

Timber frame

Frame UK – for the timber frame and associated structural elements including its design

Screed

Smoothflow Liquid Screeding – for the ground floor screed

Carpentry

Maple Leaf Carpentry – for all carpentry and kitchen/utility installation

Doors and windows

Cornwall Aluminium Windows – for all windows and external doors including the entrance glazing and skylight

Roof

Cornwall Zinc Roofing – for the metal roof

Rainwater goods

South West Guttering Services – for the guttering and downpipes

Plumbing, heating and ventilation

MSB Heating Solutions – for all plumbing, heating and ventilation fitting

Electrics

MW Property Solutions (aka Helston Electrical) – for all the electrics (power and lighting) and network cabling

Lighting design

AMOS Lighting + Home – for the lighting design and fittings

Kitchen and utility

Now Kitchens – for the kitchen design, supply and appliances

Howdens – for the utility design, supply and appliances

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