7 top tips to building your dream home

We reveal the 7 key steps to self build success, from budget to finding plots.

By Jenny Mcfarlane | 28 May 2019

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

self build house by a river

Image: Fiona Walker Arnott

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.