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What Does “Standard Construction Look Like?”


If you want “rock bottom prices” you must agree to accept a fairly basic visual standard, similar to ordinary rented accommodation.

It Typically Includes:

  • Standard concrete block cavity walls with plaster inside and outside.
  • Standard pitched roofs with synthetic slates, OR standard flat roofs.
  • The minimum level of insulation required by the building regulations.
  • Basic electrical fit- outs with one central light bulb in each room, white plastic switches, and a double socket in every corner.
  • Structural openings formed by the builder’s own block- layer, this will limit the design of windows and doors to straight openings supported lintels, rather than specialist steelwork. This means you can only make relatively small rectangular openings.
  • White UPVC double- glazed windows.
  • White UPVC or painted softwood soffits and fascias to roof- eaves.
  • Basic red- deal stairs where necessary, suitable for carpet, but not of visual standard.
  • Fitting of the cheapest possible bathroom fittings.
  • At handover, the building will be ready for a painter and decorator, for carpet fitting, and for kitchen- fitting.


  • Kitchens
  • En suite bathrooms.
  • Any finishes or furnishings.
  • Major structural steelwork.
  • Large windows or high quality doors.

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