We’ve compiled a list of the questions most frequently asked, we hope you will find it helpful but please send us any other questions.
How much do your houses cost to build?
The total cost of our houses including foundations on a straightforward plot is normally between £1,500 and £2,000 per square metre* of habitable floor area but this is very flexible depending on your personal requirements. *(Based on 2015 costs)
We design to keep within your budget.
As a general guide they cost a bit more than the UK norm but there are significant benefits in return.
Where are your house packages made?
Exclusively at our factory in Sweden
How many houses have you built in the UK?
We have designed and supplied more than 500 individual homes to the UK and Ireland since 1979.
Do you only offer standard designs or can you work with our own design?
Normally we design from scratch specifically for you, but our system is extremely flexible and we can adapt to almost any style and existing design.
How long does the design and planning process take?
Due to the vagaries of the UK planning system we recommend you allow at least six months in your programme to complete this process (this effectively means a whole year from starting the planning process to moving in)
How long does the build process take?
Construction on site for the average Swedish home is between 10 and 16 weeks from first dig to the last brush stroke!
The actual build time on site is very rapid due to our level of prefabrication, with all triple glazed windows and external doors factory fitted and with all the wall insulation built in.
The foundations are being built at the same time as we are manufacturing your house package so this shortens site time by several weeks.
With our team of specialist Swedish erectors your timber frame structure will be erected within 4 to 8 days depending on size and complexity of your design. The remainder of work to complete your build will normally be in the region of a further 8-10 weeks
Are your designs wheelchair friendly?
Ever practical; the Swedes feel strongly that good home design should consider the physical needs of all of us. To this end, in the 1970’s, Swedish doors both internal and external became available as standard at 1.000m width.
Swedish homes are perfect for open plan layouts and with level access everywhere for all to enjoy the outside space. If the available plot doesn’t permit a single storey design it is simple to incorporate a lift in our two storey homes.
Do you offer a full “turn-key” design and build package?
Generally we do not, but if that is what you are looking for, please consider the fact that we deliver and erect an insulated, weatherproofed structure that is complete with factory fitted windows and external doors and a fully boarded and felted roof ready for tiling – this is the infrastructure for any competent builder to finish off.
Depending on where you are, we may well know a suitable project management company or builders we can recommend.
We are always involved in the whole build process from start to finish, as it is very important to us that you end up with the new home you dreamt of. We will make numerous inspections at strategic points in the build process to ensure that work carried out by your contractors is of a standard in line with the quality we demand. We are always on the end of a phone to help your builders with any queries they may have.
Can I obtain a mortgage on your houses?
Yes, all the major building societies and banks are happy to provide mortgages on our houses subject to normal conditions.
What about insurance?
No problem because our houses exceed U.K. building regulations in every respect.
How eco friendly are your houses?
Very! Virtually everything we use in our house construction is from fully sustainable resources.
Swedish methods of forest management and conservation are renowned as a world standard. For each tree that we fell 15 new seedlings are planted.
By constructing super insulated draught proof homes, energy for heating is conserved and by constructing these homes with mature timber from fully renewable forests, masses of carbon is “locked in” for the lifetime of the building and the new trees planted absorb much more efficiently the carbon from our atmosphere.
Nothing is wasted in our house production; even the wood-shavings and sawdust are recycled.
Our homes consume less energy to produce than so called “traditional” homes of brick and concrete and of course consume less energy over their lifetime.
What could be more natural or traditional than creating your home with timber?
Where have your houses been built?
Our houses have been built from Caithness to Cornwall, from Donegal to Wicklow and in Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands.
Over the past 70 years Swedish houses have been exported to every corner of the globe.
Where can I see one of your houses?
We are delighted that many of our existing customers across the UK volunteer to hold open days at their homes so that you can visit and see a Swedish home in action.
Do you offer PVC-u windows as an alternative to timber?
No, for compelling reasons we only use timber.
If this seems at odds with a low maintenance philosophy perhaps try an Internet search of which is best?
“pvc-u windows or timber” (or perhaps) “how wood products help slow global warming”
How do I go about finding a plot?
Once you have decided where you would like to build, it is worth speaking to local people and builders.
Perhaps surprisingly, it is often effective to advertise in local newspapers. It is a good idea to make it clear in the advertisement that you are not a commercial developer but simply want to build a new home for you or your family.
Ask anybody and everybody for help and do your local research preferably on foot or on a bike!
You can approach local estate agents who may have building plots on their books, but what is more likely is that they will be able to give you details of older houses or bungalows that are ripe for development by demolishing and re-building.
Building plots are often sold at auction but you should make sure that there are no onerous restrictive covenants on the land and that there is a valid existing planning consent. Never assume anything with regard to planning permission and be aware that there may be quite substantial local development fees payable for infrastructure in some areas.