Welcome to Plot Hunter

LET'S EXPLORE WHAT PLOT HUNTER IS ALL ABOUT

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. 

What is a Plot Hunter?

The Plot Hunter Definition

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.


What To Expect: Component 1 

A Shortcut For Finding Land

Whether you want to build a bespoke home or pre-designed custom home, through a growing network of subscribers and land agents 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: 

Find self-build-land-for-sale throughout North East England using the Forever Home Network.

* ​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


Designed by architect Mark Siddall, Steel Farm is the first privately owned Passivhaus in Northumberland, North East England.

What To Expect: Component 2

Develop clarity, confidence and capability, so you can create the home and lifestyle you want.

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.


What To Expect: Component 3

Proven processes that get your house built 

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.

Designed by architect Mark Siddall, Steel Farm is the first privately owned Passivhaus in Northumberland, North East England.

Steel Farm Passivhaus. Near Hexham, Northumberland.

How Will You Create Your Forever Home?

The Not So Secret Sauce

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.)

What is Self Build? 

The Plot Hunter Definition

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.

So that I can offer you the right kind of support, I'd like to know the biggest challenge preventing you from creating your Forever Home. Is it..
Accessing Finance
Finding land
Finding Time
Getting data on land prices
Finding trustworthy information about how to buy land
Finding an architect you can trust
Finding a contractor you can trust
Finding good information about design
Finding good information about construction
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Your Plot HunterJourney! 

Choosing The Right Fork In The Road

Finding a plot and creating your Forever Home is, amongst other things, a journey of self-discovery. As you're no doubt aware, in an effort to make smart decisions and lead a better quality life you'll be exploring and weighing up the options.

By unearthing the secret formula at the core of the most successful homes you'll be able to adapt the lessons to suit your own needs.

This website, and the podcasts and videos, will help you get clear about what you want to achieve, help you overcome obstacles and get you up to speed with the kinds of decisions you’ll be making in the weeks, months and years ahead.


What Others Are Saying About Their Forever Home:

Owners And Residents

There’s nothing at all that we’d change about the house because we got exactly what we wanted. ...Now we’re finally living in a cosy home, we’re not going anywhere!

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Trevor Gospel Owner, Steel Farm

My new home is cosy and warm

It’s great in the cold weather my new home is cosy and warm and I don’t have to worry about heating costs any more as I rarely use it. I really like living here the bungalows are brilliant!

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Mrs Mugridge

...Now everything is much easier and more cheery.

“Before it was hard work having family come to stay. In the summer everything was okay but a bit depressing in the winter. [I] had to shut of part of the house because of the cold. ...Now everything is much easier and more cheery. [I] enjoy using the house the whole house.”

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Judith Gospel, Steel Farm

I absolutely love my home

“I absolutely love my home and have settled in well here.”

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Mrs Clish

We haven’t had our heating on yet!

These bungalows are beautiful, we haven’t had our heating on yet! My husband was always cold before we came here. It’s amazing we were just saying this morning how fortunate we were to be given the chance to live in one of these properties.

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Mrs Rhoda Hughes Resident

The bungalow has helped enormously health-wise. The clean constant air has helped with my breathing, as I suffer with heart problems and asthma. Also getting about the bungalow is a great help to my mobility, back problems, knee and hip problems.

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Tenant Racecourse Estate

What Plot Hunter Is Not

Myth Busting

Let's dispel a few myths and set realistic expectations:

1) There's rarely a quick fix if you're struggling to find land. Even though Plot Hunter is here to help, and can make finding land much quicker, there is no 'easy' fix. You'll still need to put the effort in and - at times - it'll require hard work.

2) Plot Hunter is for ethical people serious about improving the quality of life for themselves, their family and, wherever possible, the broader community.

3) Whilst, money can be made, it's not the sole driver for members of the Plot Hunter Community. ...Plot Hunter is not for people that just want to "make a fast buck" by building a house. Members of the Plot Hunter Network recognise property investment requires long term thinking.

4) Plot Hunter is for people that respect other view points and aspire to leaving the world in a better place than when they found it.

If this sounds like you then you're in the right place. Welcome home!


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Essentials # 1

Here are three things I don’t recommend:

1. Failing to budget: It doesn't matter whether you're a millionaire or a pensioner, get clear on your budget from day one. If you simply try to cater for your desires and whims, and don't take the time to understand your finances and get them under control, then you'll regret it further down the line.

2. Failing to invest time: Whether it is a classic townhouse, or a distinctive rural retreat developing the right design takes time. Whilst there are ways to shortcut the process - by employing an architect for instance - it still takes commitment. Make sure you set aside the time.

3. Getting overwhelmed: The learning curve is steep and can be overwhelming. Buying land, designing a house, and then building it, isn't an easy task. If you have the time it can be done. But it's not certainly not easy. Whether it's through coaching or employing a consultant, allow yourself to be guided through the process by someone with the experience.


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Essentials # 2

Complication kills. One of the smartest things you can do is avoid complexity. Here's three things I recommend:

1. Focus on a contextual, characterful, composed, comfortable, and practical design. Creating a vanity statement is one thing, creating a home you can sell or pass on to your loved ones is another. (Vanity projects often lose you money as they can be hard to sell.)

2. Concentrate upon increasing your overall quality of life. By working with the right architect, engineers, and construction teams at the right stages you're able to:

  • ​locate your house close to amenities
  • get the space you need 
  • get good levels of daylight
  • create a quieter indoor environment
  • ensure fresh air and better air quality
  • optimise thermal comfort 
  • improving overall building durability and longevity
  • prevent mould and mildew by creating a moisture-controlled home

3. Create an energy efficient home. Done correctly you can slash your bills (and carbon emissions) by up to 90% without too much effort and just a little more planning.

Safe in the knowledge that you've future proofed yourself from rising fuel and energy prices you'll be able to sleep with peace of mind for years to come - particularly when you're living off your pension. Plus you'll have radically reduced your environmental impact.

...Even if you just do it to inspire others, or show off to your friends, you'll find that's it's one of those things that pays back and is well worth the effort. Not just because you'll have more cash in your pocket but because of the way good energy efficient design enhances your entire quality of life.


I’m grateful! 

THANKS FOR YOUR TIME

Thanks for taking your time to explore your way around. You're off to a great start. As I’m just a regular bloke doing what he can to improve people's lives and make the world a little better place, I’d love to hear from you. It's your feedback that let's me know I'm making a difference.

I’m here, to support you on your journey. There’s nothing more rewarding. As a guide, as a friend, and possibly as your architect, seeing you achieve your goals is what this place all about. If you have questions, or need help, get in touch. I do everything I can to reply to every email.

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