Westcoast Windows Swedish composite windows and doors are ideal for your contemporary self-build project

With the ever-growing popularity of self-build homes in the UK, how do you decide if self-build is right for you, where to start and which materials to use?

According to Build It magazine website, www.self-build.co.uk, around 13,000 people choose to build their own home from scratch rather than buy a standard developer-built property. In fact, for the first time custom built homes now feature as part of the government’s National Planning Policy Framework, with initiatives to release 1,000s of serviced plots for self-build homes and schemes such as ‘Right to Build’ and changes to permitted development rights emphasising their commitment and opening up a range of opportunities to the committed self-builder.

If you like the idea of creating a unique dream home, to your own design, budget and lifestyle then self-build is the ideal opportunity. Your project doesn’t even need to be of the type seen on TV shows such as Grand Designs – that’s the beauty of self-build, it can simply be a cost-effective solution to finding the right home for you, designed to your needs, whatever the size and budget.

There are certainly cost-savings to be had and incentives for self-builders, such as savings on VAT, plus you’re in total control of your own budget, so you can decide where to spend and where to save. It’s also an opportunity to focus on the energy efficiency of your new home and potentially integrate some of the new smart technology emerging onto the market. Starting from the ground up you can make decisions that will have an impact on the future running costs of your home.

There is a plethora of information available on self-build, with a range of magazines focussed on the subject, websites with case studies and trade directories, and many ‘package’ companies that will design, plan and supply your self-build home, whether it’s an off-the-shelf or bespoke design, such as our colleagues at Scandia-Hus, who supply Swedish Energy Saving Homes: www.scandia-hus.co.uk

Westcoast Windows are listed on the trade directory of Build It website, self-build.co.uk, which has many helpful articles to help the self-builder with their journey, including this useful ’10 steps to your dream home’ article:
www.self-build.co.uk/10-steps-your-dream-home

Once you’ve designed your home with the help of an architect or specialist company, you then have many decisions to make on the materials, such as insulation, exterior and internal finishes, fixtures and fittings, windows and doors, kitchens and bathrooms, lighting…. the list goes on.

When it comes to windows and doors, Westcoast Windows Swedish manufactured composite windows and doors are ideal for the contemporary self-build – high performance, low maintenance, energy efficient with U-value ratings as low as 0.9 W/m2k, double or triple-glazed, sound-proof and available in a wide range of external and internal finishes to suit your design. With a stylish aluminium exterior to withstand harsh weather and warm high density, knot-free wood interior from sustainable forests – they offer the best of both worlds.

Our Westcoast Design series has been developed with contemporary architecture in mind. It has a deeper glass unit creating a minimal step between outer glass and frame for maximum light, a flush finish and elegant lines. Available as 48mm triple-glazed in a wide range of fixed windows, open out windows, open out doors and sliding doors it offers a U-value of 1.0 W/m2k for opening and 0.9 W/m2k for fixed windows. Take a look at the full range: www.westcoastwindows.com/windows-doors/design/

For more information and advice on windows and doors for your self-build, contact our office for a brochure and to find out your nearest Westcoast Windows distributor on 01359 241944 or email: info@westcoastwindows.com

Westcoast Windows Swedish composite windows and doors are ideal for your contemporary self-build project
Westcoast Windows Swedish composite windows and doors are ideal for your contemporary self-build project
Westcoast Windows Swedish composite windows and doors are ideal for your contemporary self-build project