Frequently Asked Questions

You might be wondering where to begin with your construction project. To help you plan, we’ve compiled a list of our most common queries from homeowners.

What services do you offer?

Do you manage the project, or will I need to do it myself?

As principal contractors, we take care of everything, so you can enjoy all the good bits of building your own home. We take full responsibility over the products, materials, installation, workmanship and scheduling of tradespeople. It means we can give you (and stick to) a realistic timeline for your build.

We’ll keep you up to speed with what’s happening each step of the way using our client app, which allows you to track progress of your build in real time. You can view daily job schedules, budget tracking, progress photos, site reports, invoices and make selections to customise your new home. Whether you’re at home, at work, or on holiday, all the information relating to your build will be on the app and at your fingertips.

Do I need a design before contacting you?

If you haven’t already commissioned your design, we would encourage you to come direct to us. We collaborate with award-winning Aberdeenshire architects to offer a design and build service. This frees you of the responsibility of introducing professionals who may not have worked together before and may not share the same approach. Throughout the design process, our company director, Ross Booth, will provide feedback and suggestions on your plans from a professional and practical builder’s perspective.

Further reading:

Design and Build – what’s involved?

What areas do you cover?

We build homes in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire. If you have a project which is further afield, we are happy to discuss.

How much does it cost to build a house?

The truth is, a custom home can cost almost anything. We build homes for a few hundred thousand pounds, to houses that are in the millions. Each of these projects have different construction methods and their fixtures, fittings and material finishes are unique.

So, the answer really depends on matching your dream home with your budget, which is why we believe you should always discuss your budget with your builder early, to ensure your home is designed at a price that’s comfortable for you.

Many people use the cost per square metre (£/m2) to calculate a ballpark price of a new home, with m2 being the total internal floor area.

As every home is unique, cost per square metre should be used as a guide only. An exact price can only be determined by assessing your completed architectural and engineer’s drawings.

In 2022, the average cost to build a house in Scotland is:

Starting Cost (£/m2) £1775
Higher End (£/m2) £3000
Average Cost (£/m2) £2400

*These figures are as of 2022 and are subject to change based on market forces. The prices do not include VAT. For new builds, VAT is zero-rated.

Further Reading:

How much does it cost to build your own house in Scotland?

Should I tell a builder my budget?

How long will my home take to build?

Each home we build is unique. Therefore, the size of your home, specifications and site conditions will determine the duration of the build.
The construction period will be defined in your building contract and you’ll receive a login to our client app which allows you to track progress of your build in real time. You can view daily job schedules, progress photos, site reports, and make selections to customise your new home.

Once I sign a contract, will the price change?

Your price will only change if an allowance has been made for an item (ie, bathroom sanitary ware) and you go over that budgeted allowance. You will always be notified of the cost difference prior to work commencing, giving you the option to proceed or not.

Do you build Passivhaus/ Passive House homes?

Yes. Our joiners and builders have completed specialist Passivhaus training and our director, Ross Booth, is a certified Passivhaus contractor. It makes us one of the only building contractors in Scotland with a qualified and committed workforce in Passivhaus construction.

Further reading:

Passivhaus: how to insulate your home against soaring energy bills

What is Passivhaus/ Passive House?

Developed in Germany, Passivhaus (or Passive House in English) is the world’s leading building standard, which guarantees affordable, energy-efficient homes with amazing levels of comfort.

Homes built to the standard are so well designed, constructed, insulated and ventilated, they avoid the need for heating, maintaining an almost constant temperature. Cool in the summer and warm in the depths of a chilly Scottish winter.

For people with allergies and asthma, Passivhaus homes are the world’s healthiest to live in. There are no draughts, no cold spots, no mould, no condensation and no excessive overheating. Fresh clean air is constantly supplied to the home and this happens with minimal energy use.

In fact, Passivhaus homes use around 75% less energy than the average UK new build. It might sound like magic, but the Passivhaus Standard is based on sound science. 30 years of studies, testing and intensive monitoring have proved Passivhaus delivers what it promises –sustainable, healthy, comfortable, high-performance and easy to heat homes with lasting quality.

Further reading:

Passivhaus: how to insulate your home against soaring energy bills

Can you help me find a site to build on?

We don’t offer a plot search, as that’s a specialist service. But we can recommend companies that can help. If you’re thinking of buying a site, we can do a free site assessment. 

How do I choose fitted furniture? Do I need to purchase it myself?

Unless agreed otherwise, we will supply all fit-out items, for which we make a small charge to cover the cost of administration, specification, delivery, storage, suitability and installation. This means we take full responsibility for ensuring everything is correct and has appeared at the right time, in full working order. It’s necessary for us to maintain control over this aspect of the work, in order to provide you with fixed costs and time schedules for completion.

Could we view your past projects?

We are happy to arrange viewings of our previous and current construction projects to demonstrate our consistently high standards. We can also put you in touch with past and current clients.

Are you a member of a trade association?

Yes, we passed an independent inspection and met strict criteria to become members of the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) in 2017. As FMB members, we have committed to abide by a stringent Code of Conduct for building quality.

We are also:

  • Trustmark registered – the only government endorsed quality scheme for builders.
  • Members of the Association of Professional Builders - a global best practices organisation for the construction industry.
  • Members of the Passivhaus Trust - an independent industry leading organisation that promotes the adoption of Passivhaus in the UK

Can I make changes after construction has started?

We have regular site meetings to ensure that your project is being built exactly the way you imagined. At any stage, you are welcome to make changes if time permits and the changes don’t affect the structural integrity of your build. We understand the need for flexibility during the construction phase, so we are happy to assist. 

Who do I communicate with during construction?

You will communicate directly with company director, Ross Booth. He will be your project manager throughout the construction phase and will provide ongoing support once you have moved into your home.

Does your service include landscaping?

Landscaping isn’t part of what we do, but it’s well worth getting right. We can suggest experts who can help with this.