Jack and his partner Hannah approached BuildStore back in 2015 to discuss their finance options for a plot they were interested in at Graven Hill.

As first time buyers, the couple had a limited budget though were always interested in building their own home. Jack explains;

“We wanted to settle in Oxfordshire to be near friends & family and the Graven Hill location suited us well and allowed us to design a house that we could afford without the hassle of going through the usual process of planning!”

When it came to the finance, Graven Hill recommended BuildStore to Jack and Hannah. They had already heard one of our expert advisers speaking at a Graven Hill launch event, so were only too happy to speak to us about financing their dream home.

“BuildStore were very helpful when it came to finding a lender and explaining the custom build finance application process.”


With the build in progress, Jack has been regularly speaking with our Stage Release department who facilitate the drawdown of funds as the build progresses through each stage.

“The stage drawdown process is easy to follow and to date we have had no issues receiving each stage of funding. Site assessments have been arranged at times convenient for us while reports and funds have been made available promptly.”

Jack and Hannah are enjoying their custom build project and in particular, the freedom that this option allows as they have the chance to build a house that suits their lifestyle.

“The opportunity to build your own home is not one that many people in the UK have and we are finding it very rewarding. We have been able to design something that is architecturally unique, has plenty of space and was easy to build. We have recently moved into the first fix stage of the build and it is coming along nicely. We are able to decide where we want things such as sockets and light switches, which have been placed to suit our needs and intentions with regards to furnishing the house once complete.”

The couple would without a doubt recommend BuildStore to prospective purchasers at Graven Hill. They believe that;

“Finance is the most crucial element to any successful project. Without the right plans, costs and finance in place, a self or custom builder could find themselves struggling at the later stages and risk the build slowing down to a halt.”

Speak to a specialist adviser who can assess your individual needs and circumstances to recommend the right mortgage for your new home and your new custom build home.