Building the Future: Cutting-Edge Trends in New Build Construction

Welcome to the exciting world of new build construction! At Shear Architectural Design, we’re passionate about bringing your dream home to life. As an award-winning Architectural Firm, we have extensive experience in building new houses in the UK, Wales and Australia, and we’re proud of our impressive success rate in gaining planning permission. In this article, we’ll discuss the stages of building a new build, costs, construction phases, and more about creating your own Wow House!. Let’s dive in!

The Stages of Building a New Build

Building a new home involves several stages, and we’re here to guide you every step of the way. The key stages include:

  1. Gaining Planning Permission: Our team of experts will help you navigate the planning process, ensuring that your new build meets all regulations and requirements. Check out our process for more information.
  2. Design: We work closely with you to create a design that aligns with your vision and budget, taking into consideration factors like sustainability, functionality, and aesthetics.
  3. Construction: This phase involves coordinating with local new build companies, managing the project timeline, and overseeing the quality of workmanship.

5 Construction Phases

  1. Site preparation and foundation work
  2. Framing and structural work
  3. Electrical, plumbing, and HVAC installation (first fix)
  4. Insulation, drywall, and plastering (second fix)
  5. Finishing touches, such as painting, flooring, and fixtures

7 Stages of Building

  1. Site analysis and planning
  2. Design development and approvals
  3. Pre-construction and procurement
  4. Construction
  5. Quality control and inspections
  6. Handover and occupancy
  7. Post-occupancy evaluation

New Build Costs and Deposits

The cost of building a new home varies depending on factors like location, materials, and design choices. On average, building a new build in the UK can cost between £1,500 and £3,000 per square metre (at the time of writing). For a more accurate estimate, consult our team at Shear Architectural Design.

When it comes to deposits, most mortgage lenders require at least 5% of the property’s value. However, the Help to Buy scheme can provide assistance for first-time homebuyers in the form of an equity loan.

First Home Scheme: Making Homeownership a Reality

For many aspiring homeowners, the journey to owning their dream home can be challenging, especially for first-time buyers. That’s where the First Home Scheme comes in, offering a lifeline to those looking to take their first step onto the property ladder. This government-backed initiative aims to make homeownership more accessible by providing discounts on new build homes for eligible first-time buyers. With the help of the First Home Scheme and our expertise at Shear Architectural Design, we can guide you through the process of designing and building your first home. By taking advantage of the scheme and our top-notch services, you’ll soon be on your way to enjoying the benefits and security of owning a beautifully designed, high-quality new build home.

Building Timelines and Decorating

The time it takes to build a new home in the UK varies depending on factors like the size of the project and weather conditions. On average, the construction process can take between 6 and 12 months.

Before decorating your new build, it’s crucial to allow time for the plaster to dry, which can take up to 4 weeks. Plastering is considered a second fix, as it occurs after the installation of electrical, plumbing, and HVAC systems (first fix).

First Fix and Completion

The time between the first fix and completion varies depending on factors like the project’s complexity and any unexpected challenges that may arise. On average, this period can last between 3 and 6 months.

In Summary

Building a new home is an exciting journey that involves multiple stages, costs, and construction phases. By working with an experienced Architectural firm like Shear Architectural Design, you can ensure a smooth and successful project from start to finish.

We hope this article has provided you with valuable insights into the world of new build construction. If you’re ready to embark on this exciting journey and create the home of your dreams, contact Shear Architectural Design today. Our experienced team will guide you through every step of the process, ensuring a seamless and enjoyable experience.

With our extensive range of services, including gaining planning permission and building regulations for new build houses, house extensions, renovations and conversions, loft conversions, garage conversions, barn conversions, and driveways, we’re confident that we can make your vision a reality. Our commitment to quality and customer satisfaction has earned us recognition as a highly-rated operation by industry bodies and customers alike.

Embracing Cutting-Edge Trends

As industry leaders, we’re always keeping an eye on the latest trends in home construction. From sustainable building materials to innovative heating systems and smart home automation, we’re dedicated to incorporating the most advanced technologies and techniques into our projects. Check out our blog posts on green roofs, biophilic design, and smart home automation to learn more about these exciting developments.

Your Trusted Partner in Home Construction

At Shear Architectural Design, we understand that building a new home is a significant investment, both financially and emotionally. That’s why we’re committed to providing you with the highest level of service, expertise, and support throughout the entire process. Our team of professionals will work closely with you, offering guidance, advice, and creative solutions at every stage of your project.

We invite you to explore our portfolio to see some of the exceptional new build homes we’ve created for our clients. Whether you’re looking to build a contemporary eco-friendly house or a traditional-style family home, we have the skills, experience, and passion to make your dream a reality.

To start planning your new build construction project, get in touch with our team today. We look forward to working with you and bringing your vision to life!

Hire an Architectural Designer

Hiring an Architectural Designer is the best way to ensure that your new home has the look, feel and functionality you want. If you dont know any professional designer, consult Shear Architectural Design. They are specialists in designing homes and can help you with all aspects of building your new home – from designing the layout of your house to ensuring that any changes during construction comply with regulations.


Getting the right advice and planning is crucial when building your new home. The good news is that plenty of options are available when it comes time to build a house. Many construction methods are available, and you can choose whichever best suits your needs and budget.

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Our Services

At Shear Architectural Design, we offer a range of services to help you bring your Passive House vision to life:

We assist with gaining planning permission and building regulations, ensuring that your project meets all necessary requirements.

Contact us today, on 01273 740642 to learn more about how we can help you create the home of your dreams!

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