So You Want To Build Your Own Home?

Many of us dream of building our own home. I mean, can you imagine having a kitchen which is the right size for you, all good sized bedrooms, and storage a-plenty, which normal houses don't usually have. Whether you're planning a 'grand design' or simply want something unique to call your own, increasing numbers of people are turning to self-build to create their dream home.

Taking on a house building project is a big task that will take months, or possibly years, to complete and no matter how simple your plans, it can be an expensive and stressful undertaking, so it's not something that should ever be entered into lightly.

Here are a few tips for when it comes to building your own home.

What Is Your Budget?
The costs involved in building your own home can easily spiral out of control if you fail to be realistic from the word go. Make sure you research and consider the cost of the land, architect fees, builders, materials, fixtures, fittings and everything else you will need when you build a property from scratch. Be realistic in what you can afford, and get a house designed that really suits your growing needs as you don't want to build a house and then need to move if there isn't enough bedrooms in the future. 

Really look at your finances and decide how much financial commitment you can really cope with and make sure that you budget a little extra as a contingency, as builds always end up costing more than initially thought. Also, consider ongoing costs you'll need to pay no matter what, such as a mortgage, plus rent on the property you'll be living in whilst the house is built. 

Get Planning Permission
Without planning permission, you have no legal right to start construction, meaning your council could order the destruction of any work at your own cost - so just get this before you start any work. 

Find An Architect
Getting a good architect can be the key to designing your perfect home. You need someone who will take everything on board what you want, and make a bespoke house design, just for you. You should also look at examples of their past work and get testimonials from previous clients. Making sure they follow guidelines, and offer full design builds, just like at ajwengineering.com. Doing so will enable you to get the home you want in the end, but also will help to make the whole self build process as stress free as possible.

Choose The Right Team
Every time you have to hire someone to work for you, you have to factor in the cost of doing so. I mean, it's easy to say that you want to do as much yourself as you can. But some things need proper  qualified contractors to make sure the job is done correctly and up to the right standards to pass the building inspection. Getting quality, reliable tradesmen on board will also help to ensure your property is well finished and that the build stays on track too. Look for personal recommendations, and make sure you check for standards and that they have the relevant qualifications. Jobs such as plumbing, wiring needs to be done by a professional plumber in Yorkshire, as does concrete construction from a company such as corconconstruction.com to make sure your build is in tip top condition from start to finish. 

Project Manage
You may also want to consider taking on the role of project manager on your site for yourself to avoid having to employ someone else to oversee construction and spending even more money on it. You should make sure you have the time and patience to do this role, and plenty of time available as you may need to be on site a lot. It's good to look after yourself whilst being a project manager as it's easy to slip into spending all your time on site and eating junk food to compensate for having to spare time.  Check here for 9 simple tips to make your diet healthier https://takeitpersonelly.com/2019/10/04/9-simple-tips-to-make-your-diet-healthier/ as it may give you some tips to eating on the go. 


  1. My brother worked in the building industry and I was a Structural Engineering Draughtsman, so I was the "Architect" on the job, and my brother and my Dad did most of the building. With his contacts in the building trade, he was able to keep the costs right down.

  2. Interesting post. Very brave of those who choose to build their own home but how wonderful to have exactly what you want.

  3. lovely dream - maybe when I grow up!