The Starting Block

We create the structure of your home and you create the space, allowing your imagination to become a reality.

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Being able to design the entire interior layout of your home exactly as you want.

We understand that finding the perfect space that ticks every box can be a struggle. With The Starting Block, we build the structure of your home and the rest is up to you. You'll have the chance to design and build the entire internal layout to suit your wants and needs.

How does
The Starting Block work?

What do I get?

You get a fully finished shell. Internally, the ground floor will be finished with a structural screed and 1st (and 2nd where applicable) floor joists and stairs will be installed. The window boards will also be fitted and structural or load bearing walls will be built as appropriate. Drains, water, electric and gas will be brought into the shell from the mains supply and BT/Hyperoptic ductways will be installed. We will also install apertures and roof vents for soil vent and air extract systems.

Externally, all works will be completed including the driveway, boundary fencing, patios, garages and conduits.

What don’t I get?

The purpose of The Starting Block is to give you complete freedom over the internal aspects of your home. Therefore, there won't be any internal walls other than loadbearing walls, no internal doors or other carpentry, and no plasterboard finishes. There won't be any insulation to the ceiling trusses and you'll need to install the ventilation, pipes and wires. It will also be down to you to install the fixtures and fittings - the perfect opportunity for you to choose your own finishing touches.

The Starting Block is a complete blank canvas allowing you to design the internal to suit you. As long as you comply to building regulations, it’s an exciting opportunity to make your home completely your own.

What can I change?

You can change all internal aspects of your home.

We believe your home and surroundings that enable you to live, work and play should be tailored to what works best for you. However, finding the perfect space that suits your preferences and budget can be difficult.

With The Starting Block you can choose exactly how you’d like all internal features, from walls and doors to pipes and wires. So whether you’re looking for a home with two large bedrooms both with en-suites, or a three bedroom home with a dressing room, you can design and build the internal exactly as you want, allowing your dream home to become a reality.

So, lets get started

Discover how the The Starting Block process works

Firstly, speak to our dedicated consultant

This is the exciting part where you discuss the exact size and desired location of the property you are considering, along with any other requirements you may have. We will then identify specific plots suited to your requirements that are either available now or in the future.

Reserve the plot of your choice

Once you have found the perfect plot for you, you’ll need to speak to one of our independent financial advisors. They will discuss your finances with you to ensure your dream home is affordable. Once everything is in order you will be required to pay your reservation fee to secure your home, and also pay your architect fee.

We'll then introduce you to your personal architect

Your dedicated architect will assist you with the design of your home and provide working drawings based on your wants and needs. As building regulations will need to be met, the design process will take up to 4 weeks. But don’t worry, we’ll keep you updated throughout the entire process.

It's then time for your mortgage application

Once you have agreed your design, your home will be costed by a surveyor and packaged up ready for your mortgage application.

Next, simply speak with your solicitor

Following your mortgage application, simply speak with your solicitor to discuss the legal aspects. Once the legal and mortgage side have been completed, we will confirm we can exchange contracts and confirm the legal completion time frame.

Lastly, you'll legally complete and The Starting Block is yours

After legal completion The Starting Block will then be handed over to you and managing the project will be your responsibility. As you will employ your own contractors, you will need to ensure that you are happy with all the works that are carried out by them.

Excited? Us too!

We're sure you’ve got some questions, so here’s a couple of answers which might be helpful

Can I change the number of bedrooms from the housetype I select?

Yes, subject to planning requirements. On certain developments there may be a minimum size requirement for certain rooms or a fixed number of bedrooms within the property.

How much will it cost?

The total cost is up to you. The shell we provide is a cheaper alternative to a standard St. Modwen home. What you do with it after that point is entirely up to you, so you’ve got complete control of your budget.

This is different to a normal new build, how do I get a mortgage?

Don’t worry, we’ve thought about this. You will have a bespoke mortgage to fund the whole project, with a lump sum payment followed by stage payments paid to you for works that you complete yourself.

I want to know more, what now?

The Starting Block is available on selected homes at developments all over the country. Simply speak to the Sales Executive at your chosen development to find out more.

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