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Reasons for Buying a New Home

Ever considered buying or building a new home? As experts in new housing developments, here are some great reasons why we believe a new build is the best choice.

You can choose your Dream Home

New build homes are often designed with modern living in mind – making them a light & airy space efficient and comfortable place to live in.  Homes built by Seamans Building are newly decorated with all the mod-cons, a brand-new fitted kitchen and boiler, lovely clean bathrooms etc.

If you buy ‘off plan’ from a developer you may be also able to choose a specific plot as well as your own flooring, wall colours and fixtures and fittings etc, adding your own stamp to your new home.

The Eco-friendly Choice

A new home build will undoubtedly be more energy efficient and environmentally friendly than an older property. 

Appliances and light fittings will be brand new and energy efficient.  Double glazed windows won’t let the draught through.  A new heating system, cavity wall and loft insulation will ensure your home stays toasty and warm – all saving you money in the long run. 

Some new build homes may also provide car charging points.

Low repair costs

With everything in your new home being brand new, there will be no need to repair or renovate anything.  A ‘snagging period’ is a time agreed with your builder or housing provider which allows the builder to return to fix any little issues normal to a new build.  

Most new build properties will come with a variety of warranties including a 10-year warranty via the NHBC (or similar) which will cover you for defects or any structural issues.

Excellent Quality & Peace of Mind

New-build homes are built to a much higher specification than older properties, with high levels of security features including window locks and British Standard 5 lever locks to the main doors of your new home.  Modern homes are built using the latest fire-resistant materials and will have linked smoke alarms installed.

All of this could equate to reduced house and contents insurance – again, saving you money!

No chain

And if all of that wasn’t reason enough to purchase or build a new home – the exciting part is that you can move in as soon as its complete!  With no chain, there is no waiting for others to move out, and therefore no delay.  Being chain-free makes the moving process much more enjoyable allowing you to relax and enjoy your beautiful new home.  

About Seamans Building

Seamans Building, Suffolk provide a wide range of home extension & renovation services, from small house extensions to large house renovations or home refurbishments.

Contact us for more information about our new home build / design & build services

House Renovation Bury St Edmunds

Repairs & Renovation – A period property

Renovation specialists Seamans Building, based in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, began the repair and renovation works to this period town house property in the heart of Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk for our client The Bury Town Trust in late 2020.

As with many of our home renovation projects, site set up has been established and the investigation carried out for the safe isolation of supplies. The below photo shows the historic building standing in Baxter Street in much need of some TLC!

Refurbishment Bury St Edmunds Suffolk

Following the demolition of the extension and the careful removal of the low-level render to the chimney, we discovered the old bressummer beam, which would have supported the brickwork above the fireplace opening in the adjacent terrace.

Further demolitions exposed a section of rotten soleplate and historic repairs to each corner at the rear of the property show where it would have joined the neighbouring properties.

Scaffold is erected, further investigation of the structure is carried out and drainage is tested. The remaining scaffold was erected to all elevations allowing the removal of render at high level. Exposed original window openings reveal signs of timber decay and insert attack.

Week 5 saw the removal of all the external render. The entire structure is wrapped for protection. The chimney shored up with supporting scaffolding to alleviate any threat of collapse.

About Seamans Building

Seamans Building, based in Bury St Edmunds, provide a wide range of home extension & renovation services, from small house extensions to large house renovations or home refurbishments.

Contact us for more information about our house renovation service.

Wesley Chapel – Elmswell, Suffolk

Community Refurbishment Project 

Seamans Building, experts in community building refurbishments,  carried out a full refurbishment of The Old Wesley Chapel in Elmswell, near Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk.

Wesley Hall Community Hall and Chapel Refurbishment, Elmswell Suffolk

The existing community building was demolished – and in its place Seamans Building have created a completely new and modern community hub, including a kitchen, office space and multiple rooms for various uses, all for the residents of the village to enjoy.

Below you can see the Chapel’s community hall before it was demolished, and then after.

Chapel Refurbishment Bury St Edmunds

Wesley Chapel before

Refurbishment of Wesley Chapel ELmswell, Suffolk

Wesley Chapel after

The existing community build was demolished and in its place Seamans Building created a completely new and modern community hub, including kitchen, office space and multiple rooms for various uses, all for the residents of the village to enjoy.

The Old Victorian Chapel adjoining also had a makeover! Preserving its stunning stained-glass windows, installing beautiful new flooring and finishes & a fully integrated acoustic ceiling. All associated external works and landscaping were also carried out by Seamans.

About Seamans Building

Seamans Building, based in Bury St Edmunds, provide a wide range of community refurbishments projects in community halls, schools, libraries, hospitals and more..

Contact us to find out more or enquire about our refurbishment services.

Housing Development – Wethersfield, Suffolk

New home developer Seamans Building based in Bury St Edmunds were instructed to carry out the construction of this 9 plot housing development in the village of Wethersfield, Suffolk for Property developer Julia MacKay Properties.

The specification for these modern new build homes include heating by air source heat pumps, integrated appliances in each kitchen and wood burners in some properties.

Construction was completed late 2019 with handover to the Client in January 2020.

The aerial photos show progress throughout the building process.

About Seamans Building

Established builder, Bury St Edmunds – provide a wide range of services including housing development building projects. Contact us to find out more about the building services we offer.

Community restoration Project – The Clock Tower and Gatehouse, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

Restoration and refurbishment specialists Seamans Building were delighted to have been involved in the restoration of the Clock Tower and Gatehouse at Rougham Hall near Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk.

This magnificent building was established in 1924 but had sadly reached the point of collapse. The hall itself was seriously damaged on 23rd September 1940 when it received a direct hit from a German bomb and the clock mechanism within the tower has been revealed for the first time since the 1940’s.

As part of the restoration project on the clock tower, two huge bells were brought back to life whilst repairs were made.  The Gatehouse has been beautifully refurbished into a 3-bedroom accommodation with some very unique features!

The drone footage below shows the tower before its restoration

Restoration specialists Suffolk
Restoration specialists Suffolk

Restoration works commences – scaffolding is erected around the clock tower

Work in progress, a new roof is installed and the clock tower bells are lifted out, cleaned & reinstated

Internally, the clock tower has been fully refurbished with a modern kitchen, flooring, staircase and no less than 3 bedrooms. A place fit for a king!

SJCC Awards 9th May 2019

Seamans Building attended the Suffolk Joint Construction Committee Awards on the 9th May 2019.  With 2 entries in the running for an award, Seamans  were delighted to receive winning awards for both!

Firstly, Seamans picked up the Winners Award for Best New Build – Large Scheme, for the 14 Almshouses, Framlingham completed earlier this year. This project designed by Hollins Architects and built for The Mills Charity now provides quality living space for selected families in need.

Secondly, Seamans gained the Winners Award for a Restoration & Refurbishment project at a listed property within the town centre of  Bury St Edmunds.  Extensive work was carried out internally and externally restoring this previous wine merchants into a modern and unique family home. 



ISO 45001:2018 Accreditation


Continuous Registration to ISO 9001:2015, ISO 14001:2015 and ISO 45001:2018 including SSIP

We are delighted to announce Seamans Building has recently achieved further ISO accreditation 45001:2018.  This Occupational Health & Safety standard has been developed to provide employee safety, reduce workplace risks creating safer working conditions for business all over the world.  Integrated into our company’s existing management processes, it follows the same high-level structure as other ISO Management system standards, such as our already gained ISO 9001 (Quality Management) and ISO 14001 (Environmental Management) systems.

To find out more about the services we offer please contact us

Construction of Commercial Units & New Offices at Elm Farm Park, Suffolk

Commercial Contractor Seamans Building commenced on site at their Head Office near Bury St Edmunds in October 2018.  The units will accommodate offices and units for commercial use for let.

Phase 1 saw concrete mixers pouring 130m3 concrete into the foundations and the beginnings of the structural steel frame taking shape.

With the steel frame complete, concrete beams are put into place ready to accommodate a pre-cast concrete floor.

Once the structure is complete the roof and cladding can be installed. Windows and doors are installed and a roadway with ample parking is being laid.

A Hybrid Future for Seamans Building

Seamans Builders based in Bury St Edmunds have have recently installed 2 Electric car charging points to the front of the Head office at Elm Farm Park.

Seamans currently have 2 Hybrid cars within our fleet which require this facility, and we offer it to any guest who wishes to ‘top up’ on their visit to Seamans Building.

Electric charging point at Seamans Building head office
Electric charging station at Seamans Builders head office

Seamans Building, Suffolk provide a wide range of home extension & renovation services, from small house extensions to large house renovations or home refurbishments.

Contact us for more information about the services we offer.

Seamans Builders, Bury St Edmunds – A Sod Cutting Ceremony

Above: Sod Cutting Ceremony taking place. Left to right: Ben Whatling (Project Manager), Darryl Long (Finance Director), Duncan Haydon (Client), Steven Reason (Estimating Director) and Glenn King (Project Co-ordinator).

Seamans Builders based in Bury St Edmunds began the construction of the first phase of the Elm Farm Park Commercial Units scheme, after successfully obtaining Planning Permission in 2016.

The site will comprise 3 offices and 9 high spec light industrial spaces, all located on the site between Thurston and Norton just off the A14 near Bury St. Edmunds.

Elm Farm Park consists of a series of former Victorian agricultural buildings with more modern offices built alongside, overlooking open countryside.

The units will become available for sale and for let,  Duncan Haydon anticipates from as early as April 2019.  Enquiries should be directed to Haydon Holdings Ltd – 01359 234090 or the Agents Lacy Scott Knight, Stowmarket – 01449 612384

About Seamans Building

Seamans Builders, Suffolk provide a wide range of home extension & renovation services, from small house extensions to large house renovations or home refurbishments.

Contact us for more information about our commercial build services.