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.


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


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

Portable toilet

South West Loos – for the portable toilet hire


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)


Mining Searches UK – for mining surveys

SWARCH – for archaeological surveys


Allrise Scaffolding – for the scaffolding

Timber frame

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


Smoothflow Liquid Screeding – for the ground floor screed


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

M Cope Carpentry – for the cladding installation

Doors and windows

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

Entrance door and garage door

Cornwall Garage Door Centre – for the entrance and garage doors


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


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

Plaster boarding

AF Mugford Drylining – for all plaster boarding

Rendering and plastering

CB Plastering – for all rendering and plastering

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

Miscellaneous supplies

Civils Store

Cornish Fixings

Cornwall Building Supplies

Dulux Decorator Centre





Speedy Services


Travis Perkins

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