Busting self-build myths with Kevin McCloud

Kevin McCloud busts some self-build myths and explains why you should never be put off from taking on your own self-build proiect.

By Becca Green | 11 October 2019

We caught up with Kevin McCloud at Grand Designs Live Birmingham to bust the most googled self-build myths.

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Taking on a self-build is a daunting process, however there is lots of help and guidance out there. We spoke to Kevin McCloud at Grand Designs Live Birmingham to bust some self-build myths.

1. I won’t get planning permission

That’s a rubbish myth. People get planning permission all the time. People end up saying: ‘Well they got planning permission so why cant I get it for my build?’ That’s where the myth emerges.

The genuine reason this myth emerges is because planning is a difficult process. It does involve councillors, it can seem unfair and it can take longer than expected. However, with a great planning application and an architect, you are almost certain to get a good result.

2. It’s a very lengthy process

It can be. Often people have spent 3-4 years planning their project before we actually start filming. Nobody should worry about taking time. It doesn’t mean to say that the design process should be short – you should consider, reflect and not rush into it.