What to look out for?

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Not understanding all aspects of the site
Uninformed decision making at this stage can have significant consequences later on, and prevent you from attaining your initial aims and goals. Common pitfalls include:
  • failing to enquire about regulations, purchasing land where the planned development can’t take place or where great efforts will be required to make it happen
  • ineffective site analysis, resulting in a house that cannot achieve the required level of performance
  • poor understanding of external factors such as wind, flooding, trees and ground conditions, which can have major impacts on future costs.
Leaving too little in the budget for design and construction
Additionally, failing to balance the cost of land against the overall budget may limit the amount destined for the design and construction of the house, compromising the requirements and objectives set in the Design Brief.​