The Design Process Explained

Designing your new home is one of the most exciting things about self building. This masterclass will explain how we go about working with you to design your new home from start to finish.

Potton design process explained

Potton Self Build Show Centre, Mill Lane, Little Paxton,St Neots, Cambridgeshire, PE19 6EF


7 Oct 2022


10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Self build academy


The Design Process Explained for Self Build

Bring all your self build ideas together in this design masterclass. We will explain how to construct a good design brief through to planning submission. 

Helping you to visualise how you might want to live in your new home and understand what energy efficient solutions are available in the UK.

Who is this course for:

This self build design course is for attendees that are looking to submit a planning application and considering design options for their plot.

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Workshop Itinerary

  • 9.30am – Welcome and arrival with refreshments
  • 10.00am – Workshop
  • Break for refreshments
  • 1.00pm – Finish and lunch (included)

Course Contents

Learn How To:

  • Form a design brief - What you're hoping to achieve, consider your available budget and how you want the house to look both internally and externally
  • Preparing for planning - Design restrictions, positioning of the house on the plot, fitting in with the street scene and local surroundings
  • Creating your design - A look at the design stages, feasibility, concept and outline design and detailed design development.
  • Choosing a build system - The types of build system that Potton can offer
  • Building Regulations - The work involved in preparing for Building Regulations submission.
  • Design for manufacture and construction - What goes on behind the scenes in the manufacture and construction of timber frame homes
  • Energy efficiency - Discussing the different options for self builders to lower the cost of living

Included in the day

Q&A Session - During the day you will have the chance to ask questions and receive valuable advice to help you through the design process. Creating an opportunity to build relationships and network with like-minded self builders.

Visit the Show Homes - In the afternoon, you can take advantage of our five show homes and experience the quality of an expertly crafted timber frame home. Great for design inspiration with a chance to think about your design brief and wish list for your self build.

Kingspan Timber Frame and SIPs Panels - See first-hand the construction of our build systems, learn about the materials used and understand their energy performance.

Arrange an appointment with a Self Build Consultants or Planning Expert - Whilst you are at the Self Build Academy why not take the opportunity to book a private appointment to discuss your project. Click here to book.

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    The Location

    The Potton Self Build Show Centre in St Neots, Cambridgeshire, has 5 fully furnished show homes, and is home to the Self Build Academy. Speak with our on-site self build consultants to discuss your project, whether you're looking for a plot, need a design, or you're ready to build.

    • Potton Self Build Show Centre, Mill Lane, Little Paxton St Neots, Cambridgeshire, PE19 6EF
    • Friday 7th July
    • 10am - 1pm