Self-building during the pandemic: one year on
Our MD, Simon Orrells, reflects on the past year and self-building during the pandemic. Read on to see his thoughts on the way the pandemic has shaped the self build industry.
One year on from going into lockdown, it’s an interesting time to reflect on what has been a difficult and complicated year. We’ve all had to learn new ways of doing things – whether getting to grips with video calls or navigating social distancing – and of course, spending increasing numbers of hours in our own homes.
While it’s all too easy to focus on the many negatives we’ve had to deal with, 2020/21 has also had its positives. We’ve discovered how easy it is to talk ‘face to face’ however far we are from each other, and for many, the additional time at home has prompted or escalated the first step on your self-build journey. We’ve worked out how to continue building within the new restrictions, and we’ve not let COVID-19 get in the way of your dream homes.
While we are seeing some light at the end of the tunnel in terms of vaccinations and the re-opening of the country, there are some self-build specific implications to be aware of. Timber and insulation prices continue to climb thanks to a shortage of supply. As more and more people recognise the benefits of building with timber, the timber usage in the UK is currently higher than the amount that we’re allowed to take into the country.
However, as the effects of Brexit, the US election and tough COVID-19 restrictions start to ease, this is likely to settle down. Just something to be aware of when planning your budget and timings. As always, any questions, just give us a call. We’re always happy to talk timber!