Over 50% of the UK population are interested in the idea of self building their own home. Based on that the largest self build development project has been created at Graven Hill near Bicester in Oxfordshire.

The concept is to simplify the process and accommodate up to 1900 new homes over 188 hectares of land (arranged in a circle around a wooded hill). Graven Hill is about 3 miles from Juncion 9 of the M40.

Graven Hill will be the UK’s leading custom build project which is being orchestrated by Cherwell District Council. The development will allow for like-minded future residents to work together in building a community with shared spaces and amenities along with your own personally designed homes meeting your specific requirements.

The site will allow for up to 1,900 new homes ranging from detached homes, semi and terraced, bungalows, apartment blocks, eco homes and custom build homes. The variations of plot sizes allows for larger scale grand designs to smaller plots for people with more modest budgets.

Vision Development are pleased to offer a range of custom build homes to individual self-builders and groups of aspiring custom builders who are all looking to provide more housing whether it be for themselves or a collaborative project building low cost apartments or eco homes for the more environmentally friendly conscious self-builder!

Choosing to work with Vision will allow you full control of your tailored home that suits all aspects of your lifestyle and budget.

Vision’s timber frame homes are built fast, strong and energy efficient. They not only save on energy use, and the subsequent lower running costs, but due to their pre-fabrication, they are flat packed onto a lorry and installed within a short period of time, leaving a weatherproof structure ready for 1st fix trades and external finishes to commence.

Why not take a look through our Timber Frame Kit Homes to see if any are suitable for the plot you are purchasing?

Or if you would like to custom design and build your own home, but need some inspiration, why not have a browse over our completed projects that we have done for our self-build Clients (please click on an image to see an article about the project).

Graven Hill Self Build Homes
Graven Hill Self Build Homes
Graven Hill Self Build Homes
Graven Hill Self Build Homes

Our website holds lots of helpful information for first time self-builders, or self-builders who are yet to use timber frame. We have included links below to the relevant articles, but if you would like to learn further about the services we can offer you, please do get in contact with us directly where we will be happy to help.

Our timber frame systems can be adapted as much or as little as you require to suit budget and U Value requirements amongst other important factors which all play a part in the design and build of your new home to suit every aspect of your lifestyle.

If you are interested to find out the costs of building your own self-build home, please make use of our handy cost calculator which will allow you to work out an initial budget from Architect, Planning and Surveys to Heating, Plumbing and Electricity requirements.

You can find out more about the Graven Hill project at http://gravenhill.co.uk. If you are interested in purchasing a plot for self build at Graven Hill then you can register interest at http://gravenhill.co.uk/contact/.

It is a big step choosing the company who will build the structure of your new home, so we’d like for you to read some of the testimonials from our Client’s which we hope assists with making your decision.

 by Martin Chance on Vision Development
Promp and attentive attitude from Vision

Most of our build progressed well, and ahead of schedule. Any minor issues were addressed and dealt with swiftly, both by the erectors Les and Ronnie, but especially Luke, with his prompt and very attentive attitude. He made this flow very smoothly and is a real credit to your company.
Obviously all behind the scenes deserve credit as well as it wouldn’t happen without all of you working well, it made what could have been really stressful for us, especially while living in the build downstairs, a lot easier.
Best wishes for Vision I’m the future, we shall (and already have) be recommending you going forwards.

 by Kevin Davies on Vision Development
First class service - friendly & efficient

First class service - friendly & efficient.
The contract manager allocated to our project ( Luke Macauley) was always available to solve any issues that arose promptly and efficiently.

 by Paul Wayman on Vision Development
Vision have been a true pleasure and professional company to work with

Timber Frame Bungalow to House ConversionFrom the outset of our Self-Build project to change our 1950's bungalow into our forever how Vision Development were excellent. Nothing was a major problem to overcome, including working under the tin hat to protect parts of our original house we wanted to keep. Dawid and Damian were excellent on site and Luke was always only a text away and able to respond to inevitable multiple questions we had along the way. Its now several weeks since the team left us and having now worked with many other trades I can safely say Vision have been a true pleasure and professional company to work with.

To see the blog article about this project please click on the picture at the right.

 by Renee on Vision Development
5 stars for Vision

Prefabricated Timber Frame Extension in Oxfordshire
I give you 5 stars. As a first-timer to build an extension, I was very apprehensive, but Vision made it all an easy exercise and the final completion was even better than envisaged. Really nice wood detail, large windows and the raised ‘deck’ with the glass balustade give this agricultural home the wow factor.

To see the blog article about this project please click on the picture at the right.

 by Matt Chamberlain on Vision Development
Vision operated with absolute professionalism and fairness throughout the project

New Build Modular Timber Frame Home in CavershamWe are 95% complete with our new build house project, Vision we’re contracted to provide a bespoke timber frame to meet the Passive House standards we had applied to the design. They were engaging and innovative in their approach, very willing to help with ideas for technical challenges in the design and also suggesting other companies to tackle the works outside their contract. Our design required a high degree of precision to achieve the architectural ambitions and our low energy targets. They did a really good job at a competitive price, and the experience was frankly a pleasure. Special mention has to be given to the site team led by Luke, who really cared about both the quality being delivered and was very diligent keeping us informed. There were a few hiccups along the way, as there always are with any project, but you learn more about a lot about a companies values through their approach to adversity. Vision operated with absolute professionalism and fairness throughout the project.

To see the blog article about this project please click on the picture at the right.

How to Build a Timber Frame HomeFirst Floor Extension to Bungalow