Want to find land, make informed intelligent decisions and transform your dream home into reality - but don’t know where to start? You're in the right place. I'm Mark Siddall, an RIBA chartered architect and creator of Plot Hunter.
My goal is to help you find land so you can create a home you can be proud of. The articles, videos and podcasts on this site give you practical tools, strategies and systems, so you can create your forever home. That’s what I’m about. That’s what this site's about.
You know you're a plot hunter when, you're on a quest to transform your quality of life by building your forever home, but find there is just one major obsticle stopping you from realising your dream...
...Finding the right plot in the area where you want to live. In fact just finding A PLOT where you want to live would be a good start!
This is where Plot Hunter comes in. Plot Hunter is a resource I'm building with (and for) people just like you. What I have planned is much more than a database of land for sale. I'll also show you techniques for finding and buying land the big developers don't want you to know.
When I'm done you'll be able to find and buy land for less money so you can free up cash for building your dream home. So stick around, pull your sleeves up and get stuck in. Let's explore smart ways you can find a plot, buy it and transform your dream home into reality.
Whether you want to build a bespoke home or pre-designed custom home, through a growing network of subscribers and estate agents, it's possible for Plot Hunter to provide you with mutual support that will help you identify land where you can build your home. Not only that, you'll find videos and podcasts packed with insights that make finding and buy land much easier.
From this perspective, if you're looking for land in the North East - including Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, County Durham and North Yorkshire - then the Plot Hunter Challenge could help. After all it could be one of the smartest ways for you to:
* Renew your motivation
* Get advanced notification of land for sale before it goes public (tap into the Secret Market)
* Reduce the time takes to find land for sale
* Discover tools and techniques that reduce risk and minimise cost
* Strategies for finding land that don't involve estate agents
...and much more
A house is not just a place for you and the kids. Designed correctly it's where you'll create great memories, enjoy a long meaningful retirement and maintain your independence well into old age.
As you explore this site you'll find tools, techniques and technology that will give you clarity of mind, self-confidence and capability, so that you can create a house that addresses all your needs.
You won't just find the strategies and systems I use in my architectural practice (LEAP: Lovingly Engineered Architecture), you'll also discover how other leading architects are helping their clients create houses with personality that are versatile, adaptable, respond to their setting and create a safe haven where it's possible relax and enjoy the good times. In essence, if you want to create a house for your family, Plot Hunter has got you covered.
...But also, if you're concerned about how you'll cope with growing old, you'll find strategies you can use to avoid isolation and loneliness, remain active, prevent injury, improve comfort, reduce health risks and illness (even Alzheimer's) and avoid becoming house-rich but cash-poor - all without having to move home again.
You'll also find out how you can create a home where you can age-in-place without becoming a burden on others, or having to leave the neighbourhood and friends you love - even if you're approaching retirement or living alone in your twilight years.
Finally, if you're thinking about your legacy, what you'll leave for your family and your impact on future generations, then you'll find ways to increase the value of your home and minimise your environmental impact.
Of course knowing what you want to achieve is only half of it. Knowing how to achieve it is the other.
Whether it's the process of finding and buying land, hiring an architect, getting planning permission, hiring a contractor or managing progress on site, having the right systems in place will help you to avoid taking unnecessary risks. I'll be sharing systems you can use to create the home of your dreams.
If you're like me, you're seriously interested in self-build, bespoke houses, custom homes and community-led housing (cohousing) because it presents a fantastic alternative to the mainstream.
It's not just about the satisfaction of knowing where you live is unique, or that you have a cosy home with enough space for the family where you can enjoy with good daylight, excellent air quality, be released from the burdened of high energy bills and the guilt of excessive carbon emissions.
It's also about recognising the fact that you also have a vested interest in the neighbourhood where you live. In a nutshell - you want a house that improves your quality of life far beyond what you can find in the normal marketplace.
...That's what I want for my family too, and it's why I've been an active member of two cohousing groups and still dream about building a home with my family. For now though, as a busy Dad running an architectural practice, I've postponed this goal. (When Hannah, my daugher, is a little older Jen and I intend to get back to it.)
Self-build is a way of creating your ideal home. Your perfect retreat. Your Forever Home. The house you'll create will look after you, not just after a long day's work, but for many years into retirement and old age. It could be located in a place of seclusion and tranquillity - ideal for getting away from it all and taking in the beauty of the open country - or it may be in the thriving heart of a garden suburb that’s adjacent to a lively city center. It's all up to you.
What's important is making sure all the necessary components are in place to make your lifestyle as comfortable and as effortless as possible.
Needless to say, if you're going to find land and reap the long term benefits, while avoiding nightmares on site, you'll need to invest time upfront during the planning process - and that's where Plot Hunter will help.
This is the place where I help and support Plot Hunters and reveal useful strategies, tools and systems you can use to remove the road-blocks that are preventing you from creating your dream home. For me to help you, I need and value your feedback and input.