I have asked others before but haven't had a response. I am interested if you did this after you got planning permission but before you had Building Regulations passed. If you did this, at what point did you feel you could sign 'safely'?
I would welcome anybodys view on these matters
The plot came with full planning when we bought it. This was granted several years ago and was due to expire in May this year.
We put plans through building control in October last year and got possitive feedback although still with clarifications required and issues to be resolved.
The contract with Setanta was signed at the end of last year and work started on the foundation at the end of January.
The chances are you will need build details to finalise the building control application, so it does end up being a liitle chicken and egg. In our case we are building a "standard" house with no challenging design points, we are using a proven build system and are working with a very helpful building control officer. I was very happy to sign the contract before all the details were finalised with building control.