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Homelodge Buildings Ltd is a family run business established in 1986, located in the pretty village of Crawley, near Winchester, Hampshire.

01962 881 480
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FAQ’s

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We design and build every Homelodge to suit its use and where it will be sited and therefore it is difficult to quote a price until we have actually designed a lodge specifically for each individual project. This is even more apparent with the larger lodges as there is more opportunity to incorporate many of the options that we can offer.

At this moment we are unable to deliver to Scotland or N. Ireland, We have just one office and manufacturing unit based near Winchester, Hampshire and would be concerned that the logistics of providing a turn-key supply and service so far away could leave us short on the exacting service we like to offer.

PRICING

Our published prices on our web site are based on the illustrations given and are for the building only. On top of these prices are any professional fees (for planning etc) and for the foundation groundworks and connection to services – as you can imagine these are very site specific & therefore difficult to price without seeing the site.

At this stage we can give you the following CURRENT 2021 BUDGET PRICES
Heritage Acc. 5.4 (3.6m x 5.4m – 12’ x 18’) – circa £53 – £63k + 5% VAT. This lodge attracts 5% VAT because it is under 23sq.m.
Heritage Acc. 7.3 (3.6m x 7.3m – 12’ x 24’) – circa £68k – £74k zero rated for VAT (This one is just big enough for a bedroom but it would a single)
Heritage Acc. 8.3 (3.6m x 8.3m – 12’ x 27’) – circa £79k – £84k zero rated for VAT
Heritage Acc. 9.1 (3.6m x 9.1m – 12’ x 30’) – circa £89k- £95k zero rated for VAT
Heritage Acc. 10.9 (3.6m x 10.9m – 12’ x 36’) – circa £94 – £102k zero rated for VAT.
The above 3 sizes (all single bay, 3.6m depth) are ideal for 1 bedroom designs

The Heritage Acc. 10.9 (3.6m x 10.8m – 12’ x 36’) single bay with 2 bedrooms (albeit not double bedrooms) would be circa £98k – £105k
The Heritage Acc. 12.6 (3.6m x 12.6m – 12’ x 41’) single bay with 2 bedrooms would be circa £102k – £112k.

The above designs/sizes can also be extended to form an ‘L’ shaped lodge – POA. For example a 9.1 ‘L’ shape would be circa £101k – £110k, our 10.9m ‘L’ shape would be circa – £115k – £125k, and our 12.7m ‘L’ shape would be circa £126k – £133k

These prices will leave you with a building ready to furnish and occupy. They also include all groundworks, connection to services, shower/w.c. room, kitchen area etc.

The larger Premier twin-bays are from 4m up to 6m depth up to 6m x 18m – at this stage it is difficult to work a price on all the size variations. Again this is a full turn-key price leaving you with a building ready to occupy.

Popular Premier sizes – E.G.: 9m x 6m = £130k – £155k. 10.9m x 6m = £140k – £160k. 12m x 6m – £150k – £165k. 17.9m x 6m = £175k – £225k+.

The lodges are made at our factory/offices in panel form and delivered to site flat-packed on the back of a 40ft flat bed lorry. Each panel is then off loaded and take to the oversite by our installation team. Once constructed the lodges are capable of being lifted by a crane in either one or two lifts.

All sizes mentioned are internal measurements.
The internal layout can be as you wish and the positions of doors and windows are very flexible. Options such as bathrooms, wet rooms, different style shower cubicles are available and we can make sure that the Lodges can accommodate someone in a wheelchair with wider access, level thresholds and ramps . The kitchens also will be designed to suit requirements and space. We carry out free site surveys so once we have been and created a design specifically for your project we can offer a more indicative quotation.

VAT

All our Accommodation Mobile Homes (bar Acc. 5.4) are exempt from VAT apart from any flooring and non-integral appliances.

UTILITIES

Fresh water and electrics will be taken from the main house and the foul drainage will be taken to the nearest inspection chamber.  The utility bills will still go to the main house but we can, if wished, put electric and water meters into the lodge so that usage can be monitored. We make all the connections.  Our fully qualified electrician and plumber will wire and plumb all the necessary fixtures and fittings and will supply commissioning certificates at the end of the project.

PLANNING

We build our Accommodation lodges to conform structurally to the Mobile Home Act 1960/68 and providing they are lived in by someone who has a connection/dependence (i.e. relative, carer, employee) to the main dwelling house and will be sited within the garden curtilage planning permission is not required. This will also apply if the lodge is to be used for occasional guests.  However we always apply for a Certificate of Lawful Development from your Council which will give you a legal document that states your legal right to have the Lodge in your garden for the stated use.  This even applies to AONB etc & listed buildings. The Accommodation Premier 17.9 (17.9m  x 6m) is the largest lodge we can install under the Mobile Home Act.  (Please note: if the Lodge is to be rented out either for private letting or holiday lets then planning permission will definitely be required and VAT may be applicable)

BUILDING REGULATIONS

Under the Mobile Home Act the structure and installation does not have to comply to Building Regulations. We have structurally engineered our lodges to a very high level to withstand their ability to be craned so they are a significantly strong construction.  Also when originally designed the insulation exceeded the current Building Regulations at that time.  Building Regulations evolve as you would expect but we maintain a very high level of insulation thus making the lodges very warm, economic and eco-friendly.  However we believe it prudent to apply for Building Regulation approval to cover the foul drainage installation which is all part of our service.

GUARANTEES

Once the Lodge is complete the whole project is guaranteed for 12 months plus any additional warranties on appliances if applicable.  The structure of the Lodge is guaranteed for 10 years.  The roof tiles are guaranteed for 10 years with a life expectancy of 30 – 35 years.  External maintenance is essential as it is a timber construction – the paint we use on the external face is a microporous paint which the manufacturer recommends redecorating every 5/6years.  We offer wood grain effect UPVC windows and doors.

FOUNDATIONS

We use a Padstone foundation system rather than a full concrete raft. The depth of the foundations are up to 1m deep and are dug at strategic weight bearing points of the lodge, these holes are filled with concrete and levelled off with a paving slab. The lodge sits on these slabs via metal shoes. This method leaves a very important air gap beneath the lodge keeping the wood ventilated. This gap can be cloaked off or the addition of decking looks perfect. We can price for demolishing existing buildings, site clearance and landscaping.

CURRENT DELIVERY SCHEDULE

To give you an idea of when we would be able to deliver a Homelodge, at the moment if you were to place an order today we would have to advise you the worst case scenario would be approximately 12 months from now. As our manufacturing & delivery programme is very flexible there is every likelihood that it could be sooner but we are not in a position to make any promises of an earlier delivery date until you are ready to place an order. Unfortunately we are unable at the present time to supply a service to Scotland or Ireland/Northern Ireland. Covid19 – this has made a difference to our schedule which we are currently working on, however we do not anticipate it being very different from the above. Of course we will action all the necessary H&S government advise with all our staff observing social distancing and sanitising etc.

STAMP DUTY & COUNCIL TAX

Stamp duty – This is a new law which even recently has been amended, but our understanding after reading the current reports is that our ‘granny annexes’ would be exempt from the current regulations as the services will be taken from the main house and the lodge, under the planning general development law, could not be sold off separately to the main house.

Council tax – some councils can apply Council Tax to annexes, if they do it will be at the lowest band. However should the annexe be used by someone over 65 years then the Council Tax is suspended.

FINANCE

We do not offer any finance schemes for the payment of any of our buildings. A typical payment schedule is as follows:

On placing an order we would ask for 5% of a 10% deposit plus the professional fees to enable us to apply for a Certificate of Lawful Development. Once we receive the certificate we would ask for the remainder of the deposit.

The next payment is due 2 weeks prior to an agreed delivery date and will be 75% of the project price (less the deposit paid).

The final payments of the remaining 25% are split into 3 invoices – watertight, completion of groundworks and practical completion.

We always supply a payment schedule so you will know how much is due and when.

SHOW LODGE

We have 2 show lodges available for viewing at our office address (below), we would advise that an appointment is made to make sure an appropriate member of our team is available to make the most of your visit. Weekend viewings are ok but definitely by appointment only. The original show lodge is our Accommodation 10.9 (3.6m x 10.9m) and we have it designed to offer and entrance lobby with a utility cupboard, a double bedroom, a shower/w.c. room and a large open plan lounge with a fully fitted ‘L’ shape kitchen. Our new show lodge is 10.9m x 6m and has been designed to offer 2 bedrooms, entrance lobby with cupboard (big enough to have a washing machine fitted within), large shower & w/c room, large lounge with dining area and a beautiful fitted kitchen. Under the current Covid regulations we are able offer show lodge viewings. However these visits must be by appointment only.

SOCIAL MEDIA

We are on Facebook and Instagram – please look us up and follow as we regularly update with photos of our most recent installations.

INSURANCE

Once we have officially handed over the annexe and our work is complete clearly the annexe must be insured.  For the majority of our clients the annexe is added to the main dwelling house insurance without any issues whatsoever.  However in some cases the insurance company for the main dwelling either will not insure the annexe or make the payments really high.  That being the case for the minority we have been advised by clients of insurance companies who have been very helpful and insuring the annexe has not been a problem.  So here are a few suggestions that we have been advised about.

 

BHK Insurance:

Brett Ridley: 01702 719016

[email protected]

8/7/21 – update received from a client:-

We have decided to go with BHK insurance for insuring our lodge. Branch manager is Jon Fulcher email [email protected] and his direct number is 0702 718828, the insurance underwriters are Plum Underwriting, I found them very helpful and quite a reasonable quote, they can also just insure the lodge without linking it to the main house, this seemed to be very difficult for some of the insurance companies.

24/11/21 – another update received from a client:

BHK Insurance are now only able to offer policies covering main house and lodge combined – no more independent insurance for lodges.  We opted to terminate our original insurance through L&V (who won’t insure timber-framed buildings at all) and go with BHK who came up with a reasonably-priced cover for both house and lodge together.

 

Adrian Flux:

www.adrianflux.co.uk/wood-built/

 

JD Embers – Tel: 01932 411084

Annexe Insurance | One policy for your home and annexe

 

National Farmers Union

 

Opus Insurance:

Nick Inge: 01202 759725  (we use this company for our own business insurance but do not receive anything for recommending them).

SITE SURVEY

If you are happy with the above information and would like to arrange for our free of charge no obligation site survey please just give us a call.  Covid19 – we are able to offer site surveys but will be strictly observing the government’s latest advice.  However  a lot can be done with us looking at Google Earth etc so please give us a call.  As mentioned this service is free so why not take advantage of this to establish exactly what we can do you,

We hope the above is helpful, should you have any further queries or require more details please do not hesitate to contact us.