How to self build a dream home

From building a house on time to making sure you keep to your budget, read our top tips to ensure your new self build project is a success.

By Hannah Fenton | 23 April 2018

From building your own house on time to sticking to your budget, we reveal our top tips to ensure self build success.

Falmouth self build grand designs house photo by Chris Tubbs

Image: Kathryn Tyler’s stylish home, Photographer: Chris Tubbs

Purchasing plots of land and planning permissions

Purchase a plot with either an outline or detailed planning permission in place to avoid being to be left with something that you can’t develop.

Opportunities for urban projects are now easier to find; regulation changes mean it’s easier to turn ex-shop premises into houses, and permitted development rights allow you to expand smaller properties and infill plots.

Hiring contractors for your self build project

Ask the specialist you’ve chosen to provide you with references from the last few projects they have worked on.

Contact the homeowners and ask for their honest opinion – and if the option is available to you, visit their home to see their completed work.

Creating a project brief

Start with a list of things you like, such as interior layouts, exterior finishes, glazing configurations and overall style. Use them to form part of your project brief, this is essential for creating a design plan.

Find a like-minded architect to add creativity to your plan and come up with something that suits your dreams as well as your budget.