The benefits of custom build housing
Building a house as part of a collaborative development has some sizable benefits. Blueprint is working closely with Letts Wheeler Architects to develop a house customisation package that has many of the benefits of building a house from scratch, but at considerably reduced costs and without the hassle.
Custom build made easier
The Fruit Market site is in a conservation area with many buildings of local and historic significance. To achieve planning permission in such a location can be tricky and requires considerable expertise.
Blueprint, Letts Wheeler and Nottingham City Council Planning Department are working closely together to determine a master plan and pre-approved template for every house on site. This means that by the time you decide to buy a house at Fruit Market we’ll have negotiated the difficult planning issues and achieved outline planning approval. This still leaves room for plenty of customisation to create your ideal home
The right size house for you
Letts Wheeler will consult with the group about the size and type of homes that individuals in the group want. This consultation will result in the site being divided up into various plots and ‘build zones’ which are then agreed by the planning department. A ‘build zone’ is the maximum footprint, height and depth of a home.
The 'build zone' does not determine the internal layout or even the number of rooms, that's up to you and where it gets exciting!
Typically a larger mass will be suitable for a three or four bedroom house, a smaller mass for a two bedroom house. However, it is up you how you divide up your space. So, for example, you may take a ‘mass’ that is suitable for four bedrooms and only have two very large bedrooms and an upstairs open plan living space.
Optional Extension – Many of the plots provide flexibility should you wish to increase the depth of your home on the ground floor and extend into your private garden/yard.
- Internal Layout– Once the decision has been taken whether to extend or not, a number of internal layouts are available to choose from for each dwelling type. Choose from options such as whether you would like an open plan living / dining area, a bedroom on the ground floor or, maybe, a double height space.
- Optional Add-on Components – Once the layout that best suits your requirements has been agreed upon, additional elements such as an external balcony may appeal or perhaps an ensuite to the master bedroom would be practical. These components can be chosen at this stage in-line with your overall budget.
- Fixtures and Fittings - Every house is offered with three options for internal fixtures and fittings - typically including doors, ironmongery, kitchen units and bathroom suites.
- Standard fit - A stylish, contemporary and flexible fit-out for you to move into.
- Premium fit – As the standard fit, however this will be of a higher specification for customers with a higher budget or for those looking to include some special features (as yet to be specified).
- Naked shell - Minimal fit out (subject to compliance with Building Regulations and Home Warranty provider requirements) enabling you to co-ordinate and install your own fixtures and finishes and put your own mark on the property.
Bespoke Requirements – Once you have been through the customisation options listed above, should there be small amendments you still require - perhaps you require more built-in storage or space for additional kitchen appliances - then there is the opportunity to work with Letts Wheeler on a one-to-one time charged basis to achieve your objectives.
Parts of the build we're not able to customise:
For the purposes of obtaining planning approval and fixing the locations of utility services, there are a few items that it is not possible to customise on each individual house.
- Exterior Material Palette – Due to the site being located within a conservation area, the material palette for the outside of the homes will need to be agreed with the planning authority. Our proposals for materials will be guided by a few key characteristics; durability, longevity & functionality, but we also want the combination of materials to be attractive, compatible and sympathetic to the surroundings.
We will know more about the flexibility offered to each group following the next stage consultation with the planning authority.
- Bathroom and Kitchen Location - Due to the need to plan drainage and services locations to each house prior to building, the bathroom and kitchen location will need to remain within a fixed position in the house. There are still options as to the size of these rooms.
- Primary Entrance and Stair Location – To ensure that access to and circulation within the dwelling meets Building Regulation requirements, the internal staircase, external steps and entrance door are also in fixed positions.
The group will also make group design decisions with the architects about shared facilities, including the landscaped courtyard space. Each phase is designed around a central landscaped courtyard, which the group can design to suit their particular needs - for example the group might want a shared bike shed, a barbeque area or a herb garden – it is completely up to the group. Blueprint will ring-fence a sum of money to be used solely for this purpose.
Blueprint are also hoping to remodel the small building at the rear of Park View Court as a flexible community resource for use by all groups in all phases of Fruit Market.