You can now visualise your self-build kit home with the Home Designer from Scotframe. Choose from 7 of their most popular timber-frame house styles and customise the windows, doors, external render, roof materials, internal features and much more to visualise your self-build home.
Services to consider for your self-build
Trusted self-build services from Saint-Gobain
Juggling deadlines, sourcing experts and evaluating costs are key to managing a Self-Build project so it's likely at some point during a self-build things might get stressful! Saint-Gobain provide a range of services for self-builders to help make life easier, and take the hassle out of your project.
Whole-house kit services: design and planning
Architectural drawings and plans for whole-house kits
Our Scotframe business, which produces whole-house kits provides architectural services for self-builders. We can provide drawings and calculations to meet your needs.
- Basic planning drawings [to discuss with your local council];
- Detailed planning application drawings [for your planning application or building warrant] or;
- SAP and U-Value calculations so you know how your building will perform in terms of energy use
3D design and visualisation
Scotframe the timber frame whole-house kit manufacturers, can help bring your drawings and plans to life by providing you with 3D visualisation using their expert designers. These can help if you want to get a real feel for your home and how it will work, or to explain more to your contractors or council planning department .
Thermal calculations [SAP assessments]
One of the most important aspects of a comfortable home is relates to your home's warmth. Designing your home with energy performance in mind is essential. Building Regulations also require minimum performance standards. Scotframe can help make sure your building is designing to be warm in the winter and cool in the summer and exceed minimum performance standards which will help to keep the running costs of your home down.
Finding tradespeople for your self-build
For starters it's likely you'll feel a lot more confident by getting trusted experts on-board so make sure you've got up to speed with our tips for Finding Tradespeople. There are a number of ways to find a tradesperson to work with on your project. Some schemes provide a high level of comfort for a self-builder through the efforts the scheme goes to to check the quality and expertise of the work done by the tradespeople. Some schemes even provide professional support in the case of any problems.
Bathroom design service
Neville Lumb provide expert advice and support throughout the entire design and specification process of your bathrooms. Supported by the industry’s most reliable suppliers, they have access to the latest product innovations, technical specs and drawings. Neville Lumb can help specify products that meet the latest legal and water-saving requirements, as well as provide designs that create fully functional, practical and modern bathing areas. neville Lumb offer bathroom ranges to suit all budgets that help to create your perfect bathroom, en-suites and cloakroom.
Buying, Sourcing materials
Specialist self-build accounts for buying your materials
Many builders merchants - Jewson, Gibbs and Dandy and Graham the Plumbers' Merchant (or JP Corry in Ireland) to name a few - have self-build accounts.
These accounts come with tailored advice and support so it's worth letting your local merchant know that you are embarking on a self-build. In addition to significant discounts some accounts also come with large credit limits - useful if any unexpected developments are straining the budget. For the Jewson self-build account this is up to as much as £20K.
Planning materials for your schedule
Scheduling materials for your build schedule
Managing a site, making decisions, knowing what needs to arrive when and considering lead-in times for materials is one of the most difficult, time-consuming and stressful parts of a self-build. What's more, delays can cost you money and mean your tradespeople are not as efficient as you would want.
This is where a professional scheduling service comes in, saves you time, money and helps make sure you don't forget anything!
Building Performance Testing
Saint-Gobain is an expert in building performance. It offers a range of testing services to help you ensure that the building you are designing will perform in the way you want it to. Whether it's acoustic performance [and limiting noise from outside, or inside!], air-tightness testing [to make sure your home is comfortable and will retain the heat] or SAP assessments to calculate your building's energy performance, Saint-Gobain can provide the services you need. Services can start at pre-planning stages, through the build or once your self-build is complete!
Estimating and calculating
An estimating service can take a lot of the hassle out of working out the budget for your build.
Build Aviator offer an estimating service which is the most effective and comprehensive quantity take-off service available. They provide you with a speedy, accurate and reliable estimate of materials, labour and plant tool hire required to complete your build using products locally available to you.
This summer there's 25% off the service as well.
Tool hire and site services
Discounted tool hire for self-builders
Tool hire can be a headache during a self-build project - particularly with numerous deliveries and shifting deadlines.
Jewson promises tool hire delivery within four hours (subject to terms and conditions available through the link below) and always provides quality equipment from top brand manufacturers. Even better you can earn reward points and with over 300 branches nationwide, you're never far away from a branch.
Our Services and the Brands of Saint-Gobain
With more than 350 years of history in the construction industry we know a thing or two.
We offer self-builders a range of services and solutions from our stable of high-quality brands. But don’t worry we’re not here to give you a hard sell! We want you to be informed, and to help your project go smoothly. Most importantly of all we want you to enjoy doing your self-build project and helping you create the best, most comfortable, high-performing and inspiring home you can.
Learn more about our business and brands here.