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Why we are different

Firstly, we only use Architects to design our houses. Most kit companies don’t even have an Architect on their staff but use technicians to design their houses who rarely have any architectural design training. Our contemporary homes are designed to maximize light and space and are based on robust ecological principles.

Prospective self-builders are increasingly eager to live in a contemporary, Architect designed house when faced by the limited options provided by the standard house and timber kit companies.  We provide contemporary house designs to suit many sites, and families’ needs.

Self-builders are uneasy at the lack of cost certainty in the bespoke self-build route. Clients are less willing to take the risk of investing large sums for professional fees when building costs can’t be ascertained until builders actually price completed designs, often months down the line. We give you the costs up front with the four stages based on fixed prices, which allows you to plan your budget accurately. 

Most kit companies will provide basic drawings that must then be transferred to your site by a third party requiring you to prepare your own planning application, building warrant application, organise the structural engineer, all for an additional fee without any one person in overall control. We are unique in that we provide the full service in house, using Architects throughout the process. We deal with all parts of the process including planning approval, building warrants and structural engineers.

We don’t charge extra for high quality fittings and finishes as we include these as standard. High quality Scandinavian windows are standard as are oak doors and bespoke oak facings and skirtings. Our staircases are bespoke designed and made oak, creating a feature in your home without additional cost.

We provide 4 separate services based on the needs and experience of the individuals:

Stage 1: Design choices, options and planning application.
Stage 2: Building Warrants and technical approvals.
Stage 3: Supply of timber kit package only.
Stage 4: Option to have the build carried out by a preferred contractor to an agreed cost.

All the above stages are carried out for a fixed fee agreed prior to starting the project, giving the client upfront costs to allow them to budget accurately. Firefly Wood provides stages 1-3 on each project with a builder carrying out stage 4 direct.

Acharn Rear View
Acharn Rear View


Contemporary Staircase as Standard
Contemporary Staircase as Standard


Acharn Front View




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