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Beautiful Dream Homes by Sylva

5 reasons why Bespoke Design and Build offers the perfect time-managed, cost-certain build solution


Unlike many design and build companies, Sylva create homes to be absolutely individual to you

For many people, designing and building their own home is a thing of dreams. But the risks, stress and time commitment associated with being a self builder can be a real deterrent.

Craig Strachan at Sylva explains how it’s possible to create a dream home without having to build it yourself.

The popularity of self build television programmes continues to inspire demand for bespoke homes.


 

Combine this with recent Government legislation to overcome the national housing shortage by making self build more accessible, and it’s easy to see why so many people are considering the option.

Self building not only allows you to decide what your ideal home would look like, but enables you to create something that works for the way you and your family live.

Whether you’re choosing to live in luxury, are a family in need of a larger home or retirees wanting to relax in style, the opportunity to build your own home is the ultimate indulgence.

Best of both worlds

So imagine the best of both worlds; working with an integrated team of architects, engineers and project managers to develop the concept of what you wish to build, deciding precisely how you’d love to live, and then leaving the build stress and project management to that same, highly experienced team.

Fast forward to receiving keys to a fully insulated, watertight shell that’s ready to be completed with your choice of kitchen, bathroom and interior finish. All the stress, gone! Muddy site visits, eliminated (unless you want to come, of course).

A cost-certain, time-managed build approach where the professionals take the responsibility but you still have the control.

This is Sylva’s Concept to Keys® service.

Bespoke design

Unlike many design and build companies, Sylva create homes to be absolutely individual to you, believing that everything in your home should be designed and optimised for the way you and your family live. A young professional couple are likely to have very different requirements and usage patterns to a large family, who are different again to a retired couple.

Sylva work with you to understand how you will use your home and what targets you have for it, such as inside temperature, air quality and running costs. This is fed into dynamic thermal modelling software, along with your bespoke layout, to calculate the optimum performance for the fabric of your home and help select build systems and products to suit.

Green and Sustainable

Outstanding energy efficiency is only one part of the story, these homes are both green and sustainable.

Green because they deliver well insulated energy efficient homes, which help to reduce running costs and carbon emissions from fuel sources.

Imagine the best of both worlds; working with an integrated team of architects, engineers and project managers to deliver you a set of keys to a fully insulated, watertight home that’s ready to be completed with your choice of kitchen, bathroom and interior finish.

Sustainable because timber is the only renewable mainstream construction material, absorbing and storing carbon dioxide as it grows. By using timber from sustainable sources carbon can be locked away for the life of the building and forests are replanted to continue the cycle.

So, you benefit from low energy consumption and hence running costs, while also minimising carbon emissions in use and storing away carbon for life!

Offsite construction

Sylva specialise in offsite construction and this helps minimise many of the risks associated with self building. Fabricating your home in factory conditions means not being subject to the weather and other site conditions; it’s also safer, improves quality and minimises waste.

It’s much quicker than traditional methods of building, and that’s where the cost savings come from. A typical home can be manufactured in just a few days, to be constructed on site in a fraction of the time of conventional build methods.

Offsite manufacture is recognised as an integral solution of providing quality new homes. Featuring on TV’s George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces, the Sylva team designed and engineered a substantial timber frame apartment block in central London, which features a large glazed electronic skylight opening onto a rooftop terrace, and a church on the ground floor.

“There needs to be a major revolution in the UK construction industry to solve the housing crisis,” George Clarke says. “And high-quality, factory built homes have a major role to play.”

Low risk warranted construction

Given that Sylva act as architect, engineer and contractor this makes it very easy to obtain mortgages and third party warranties on these homes.

In fact a self build warranty is actually included within their Concept to Keys® package.

For more information or to discuss a potential project, please visit sylvagroup.com or call Sylva on 01608 819 391.

 

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