Building your own home takes ambition, solid financial planning and dedication. However, the most important quality is arguably vision. It takes a certain kind of person to look at a plot of land and project their fantasy onto it. Beginning a serious construction project, especially if it’s an entirely new home, isn’t for the faint of heart.
But before you can even start having a conversation with your architect, you need some land to build on. If you live in an urban area with only small plots available, you might be on the lookout for room to expand. With that in mind, how easy is it to combine plots of land to make the space for your dream home?
If you already have a plot of land, you know how difficult it can be to find the right spot. @BuildItMagazine lays out the challenge:
“Around 13,000 people successfully self build every year, so clearly the building plots are out there. However, unlike the normal housing market, individual building plots are not so obvious to find – you have to work that much harder to secure a good one. In some cases, it can take years to find a plot – especially if you’re particular about elements such as size and the amount of work you’re willing to take on. But be prepared to revise your goals if your search isn’t going well. Flexibility, combined with the ability to focus your time and energy on the hunt, will give you the best chance of success.”
If you find the perfect plot in your desired location, it will be hard to turn it down because it’s too small. Given how difficult it can be to secure a plot, you may want to try combining it with the adjacent plot. Keep in mind, your vision may not work if the parcel of land is too small.
The first step to combining plots is to determine what the rights are on your land. The plots of land you’ve purchased are likely to be freehold, but if you’ve bought a plot with an existing building on it, this may not be the case.
The Land Registry could refuse to merge the titles of your two plots if one is leasehold. It’s probably best to make sure that both plots are freehold so you don’t run into any issues of ownership further down the line.
What do you want the second plot for? Is it so you can make your home larger, or so you can use the entire first plot and use the second as a garden? If your second plot is going to be a garden, it may not be necessary to merge the titles. Any mortgages you take out will be against the plot with your home built on it, not the garden.
The best way to determine how to combine your plots and build your dream home will be to consult a solicitor beforehand. Several bodies have put a great deal of work into trying to make it easier for people to build their own homes should they choose to. Much will depend on your given location, but a solicitor will be able to advise you on how straightforward your chosen plot combination will be.
As architects, we are intimately involved in every aspect of your project. From the initial conversation, we can point you in the direction of the best local contractors and solicitors – people we’ve worked with time and time again. If you want to learn more about combining your plots to build your dream home, get in touch with us today and tell us a little more about what you’ve got in mind.