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All plot prices are excluding Value Added Tax (VAT). For a smart way to save you paying VAT read about the Golden Brick Construction.
This is the start of your self-build journey. Once registered you will receive information about how you can start. You can then also register to be an Early Bird which will give you the opportunity to pre-reserve a plot before the general public.
Choose from a range of different sized serviced plots, each with its own Plot Passport which clearly lays out what can be built on the plot. You pay a non-refundable fee of £500, to start your 9-week Reservation Period so that you can investigate your options. We won’t offer the plot to anyone else during this period. The Customer Guide will welcome you and provide more information, including the draft of the Purchase Agreement. At this stage you can appoint a solicitor to assist you in your legal journey.
The Customer Guide will introduce you to an independent Network of Experts, including architects, builders and financial advisers. Once you’ve decided which architect you want to work with, you can ask them to make a sketch design that can then be costed to help you decide if you can afford it. It will also help if you need to speak to a mortgage adviser.
Choosing the Golden Brick construction, as set out in the Purchase Agreement, is a smart way to save you paying 20% VAT on the price of the plot. It's a bit more paperwork and you will need to pay an additional 10% deposit and you will need to organise building the foundation of your house with your builder. However, you will be fully in control and given an extra 3 months to arrange it!
In your Reservation Period, you can exchange contracts to purchase the plot with an initial deposit of £5,000. The Purchase Agreement includes the Golden Brick Works unless otherwise decided by you in the Reservation Period. Completion must take place no later than 9 months (without Golden Brick construction) or 12 months (with Golden Brick construction) after exchange of contracts.
Your architect or (frame) builder will produce a design that meets the rules in the Plot Passport, and this will be checked by us before you submit it to Ashford Borough Council for their agreement. If your design meets the rules in the Plot Passport you should be able to obtain the “release of planning conditions” approval from the Council, which should take no more than 8 weeks.
With the approval of the Council, you can now concentrate on organising the build of your home. You will talk to your contractor about preparing a construction contract in respect of building the house. Your mortgage company should now be able to confirm their offer so that funding is in place. You will pay us a further deposit of 10% and we will sign a contract with your builder for them to build the Golden Brick construction works.
As soon as you have a Building Regulation Completion Certificate for the Golden Brick construction works, you’re ready to purchase your plot.
You now have 2 years to build the house that you have designed and directed. You will be part of a community of self-builders that all have invested in this new neighbourhood by building the home they love.
During a Reservation Period you've had nine weeks to investigate how you can organise your self-build project. You've had talks with the Customer Guide and perhaps with some independent advisers from the Network. You now have an affordable plan and you understand the time frame and effort needed, and above all, you can’t wait to start!
If you've missed this video on our homepage, be sure to watch it here. In this video we have summarised your steps to complete your self-build journey at Orchard Farm.
A Plot Passport sets out the planning and legal regulations of your plot. And so does the one of your neighbour. Together, the regulations ensure that all the houses connect.
This passport will be part of your Purchase Agreement: meaning we and you, the buyer, MUST follow these rules. We can’t deviate from them.
Rest assured, these are just a few rules, leaving you with enough options to tweak your design to match your style, and your costs.
If we provide you with a plot that includes a foundation and just a single brick, tax authorities consider it a residential property, and you won't be required to pay the 20% VAT on the plot. This is the essence of the 'Golden Brick' concept.
Opting for a 'Golden Brick construction' at Orchard Farm means that, before finalising the sale, your contractor must construct the foundations of your house according to your design. You have an additional three months to complete this task before completion.
"When you start your self-build journey with us, I will make sure the timeline is clear and that we provide as much information as we can. To support you along the way, your first point of contact will be me. From reserving your preferred plot, to introducing you to the Network of Experts and organising events to meet your new neighbours, I will guide you throughout your project."
Contact me to start your self-build at Orchard Farm! You can sign up on our register to receive more information on, for example, how to start as an early bird.