Professionals who can help, advise and get it done!

Taking on a self-build project can be quite complex and you’ll probably need to hire specialists to help you design, finance and build your home.

We have asked independent experts in the field of self-build to join our Network of Experts: architects, builders,  sustainability consultants and financial advisers. Along with the Customer Guide, they can help, advise and work with you to develop your plot. There’s no obligation for you to use  this Network, you are more than welcome to use your own contacts too.

How can we help?


Self-build gives you an incredible opportunity to decide how you create your next home, with your design and your builder. You will have the chance to design with an architect of your choice, making a home that you love. We have briefed some architects who have shown interest in Orchard Farm. They can help you design and create your home, from start to finish.


When your architect has produced your design this can be costed. Sometimes the architect can help you to produce an estimate or you can use an online cost estimating tool. To get a self-build mortgage we can introduce you to some independent Mortgage advisors and lenders. It is wise to contact them as soon as possible. You can start by browsing their websites.


At Orchard Farm you can create a unique home and be part of a new community in a green neighbourhood. You can have your house built by a frame builder or by your own team of professionals and choose which parts of the build to do yourself. You will live amongst people who have invested in the creation of their home and who will be proud of what they have achieved.


Our team combines expert technical know-how with innovation and sound financial management to deliver designs that are functional and aesthetically pleasing. We are motivated to create designs that exceed expectations and challenge boundaries while aligning seamlessly with your design requirements.

Tholos Architects is a published, award-winning RIBA Chartered Practice. We deliver high quality looks and functionality offering an experience as seamless as possible. Specialised in residential Architecture and Interiors, our methodical and structured work process allows our designs to be always tailor-made to each brief, aiming at sustainability, regeneration, dialogue with the context.

At Bäckman and Dunseath Architects, we combine our Scandinavian heritage with contemporary, energy-efficient building solutions. Our experience in designing and constructing homes for the Nordic climate positions us as experts in creating healthy, eco-conscious homes, built using the most up to date self-build methods. We offer a personalised approach to your self-build project ensuring the highest quality home that is tailored to your budget and meets all your needs. 

Founded by partners Sonya Flynn and Mark Baker, we are an Architects studio based in Whitstable, Kent. We specialise in the design of bespoke individual homes; both self builds and retrofit remodelling, offering a full Architecture and Interior design service. Through design, we aim to bring an elegance, playfulness and functionality to everyday life. Our clients form an integral partof the design journey and we enjoy exploring materiality while experimenting with form to create exciting spaces.

Since 2009, ACA have been helping self-builders design their low-energy dream homes built around the Fabric First approach, utilizing modern methods of construction such as SIPs, Timber Frame, and ICF. ACA has worked on over 500 projects across the UK, including small extensions, one-off homes, and large housing developments. 

Spacemaker Architects is one of the leading domestic architecture practices in East Kent and partner, Ben Roake, lives in Wye just 10 minutes from the Orchard Farm site. We specialise in designing and building houses from start to finish and know we’re designing your spaces and not ours. We use our creativity to bring your brief to life.

Kiss House and Mole are offering an end-to-end, custom-build package.

Critically acclaimed practice Mole makes architecture to lift the spirits, whilst Kiss House is renowned for its innovative approach to delivering brilliant homes. Their collaboration combines the best of both, to offer beautifully designed, innovative Passivhaus homes in one complete package.

We love self-build and helping people to realise their own homes. Luke built his own low energy self-build home, Gap House, in 2007 and still enjoys the benefits each day. We’ve designed individual homes from Cornwall to Essex, each crafted to the individual needs of the owner and its location.  

Based on the Sussex/Kent border, James is an Architect specialising in unique houses and smaller development projects. With 30 years of experience as a registered Architect, his focus is on finding creative but practical solutions. 

His goal is to work with like-minded people to create buildings with character and integrity. 

Self-build specialists with a proven record of helping clients realise their dream homes.  

We listen and shape your home to suit you. Using VR, we get inside your innovative design very early and guide you on your journey, advising on costs, construction methods, sustainability and how to procure your home.  

Charles Holland Architects (CHA) is an architecture practice based in Kent. Our work focuses on houses and interiors. We have completed new-build houses for clients in London, Kent and Essex and are currently working on an ambitious self-build housing project in Holland. 

Oliver Murray is an Architect and Self Build Coach, and the founder of protaHomes, a Cambridge-based architectural practice and consultancy that specialises in High Performance Self Build Homes. protaHOMES is offering a free Orchard Farm Plot Selection Consultation, a 45 minute online video call to help you make a more informed decision about which plot to reserve at Orchard Farm. 

RHJB Architects is an award-winning, RIBA Chartered Practice, specialising in contemporary residential architecture. Our philosophy centres around redefining the architectural journey with creativity, inventiveness, honesty, and collaboration, ensuring that you feel inspired, every step of the way. We embrace challenges and turn them into opportunities, producing designs of exceptional quality that seamlessly blend functionality and aesthetics. 

Finance -

We’re proud to have been chosen as the preferred finance provider for Orchard Farm in Ashford, Kent. Rooted in the local community, we’re a bank with a unique approach and sustainable values. As a customer you have a dedicated account manager who gets to know you and your ambitions, so you can be sure you’ll have someone alongside you for every step of your self-build journey. Because we’re decentralised we handle every aspect of your application locally, to keep things moving when you need them to.  

Want to talk to us about how we can help finance your self-build? You’ll find us here in Ashford!  

Your home may be repossessed if you do not keep up repayments on your mortgage 

Mayflower Mortgage and Finance is a specialist self-build mortgage broker within the UK. Self Build is all we do, we know the market inside and out and help fund hundreds of self-build projects every year. 

Working with Mayflower you'll have a dedicated self build adviser from initial call to build completion. We are a family run business and place are clients at the heart of everything we do. We are completely independent. 


My name is Ryan Mankelow. I’m a market residential and commercial finance broker based in Ashford, Kent with 5-years’ worth of experience assisting everyone from first time buyers through to large developer clients with their financing requirements. I’m passionate about helping people from all walks of life achieve their property-related goals – especially when it’s in my hometown of Ashford!  

Self-build mortgages are certainly at the trickier (but exciting!) end of the market, and I’ll be with you at every stage of the project – from idea through to completion, and beyond!  


Fleming Homes has been designing and manufacturing bespoke timber frame homes since 1986. Our experienced and award-winning team will support you through the design, manufacture, and erection phase of your project. Getting your self-build home to the structural wind and watertight stage with minimal stress, we offer support when and where you need it.  

We offer a complete range of structural and civil engineering consultancy services to guide your project from start to finish. As a Consultancy Practice that prides itself on a friendly, innovative, and professional approach we can work on every aspect of your project.

Whether the project is a multi-million pound commercial development or a small scale refurbishment scheme, it receives the same attention to detail. We pride ourselves in our ability to deliver complex building solutions in a commercially driven manner that meets with the expectations of clients and architects.


Sprinks Construction Ltd is a modern-thinking construction company where contemporary principles and practices are interwoven with time-honoured traditional values acquired over time since the company first opened in 1908. Hythe-based Sprinks Construction is one of Kent's oldest family-owned construction companies, with clients across the domestic, education, and commercial sectors, specialising in bespoke new-build homes. 

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