Reasons to consider custom build when building your own home

Custom building is a developing trend here in the UK. We look at the advantages and disadvantages of this type of self build, over more traditional self build methods, so you can way up your options when building your own home.

By Jenny Mcfarlane | 16 February 2018

Custom build is a new and innovative way of constructing a new home. We weigh up the pros and cons of custom building and how it differs from the traditional self build method.

the lodge by FACIT - the exterior of a custom built home at sunset

Image: This property was designed to fit perfectly into an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire by FACIT

From a developer offering a single plot with outline planning permission already in place, to collaborative schemes put together by a group of neighbours or largescale co-housing projects where thousands of families will one day live, custom-build is the opposite of one-size-fits-all.

The term ‘custom-build housing’ was introduced in 2011, under the government’s Housing Strategy for England, a plan to increase the number of homes available to buy. It’s a developing trend in the UK but on the continent, custom-build is already established as a way of creating new homes. In the city of Almere, near Amsterdam in The Netherlands, there is scope for at least 3,000 houses and apartments, all either custom- or self-build.

There are crucial differences between custom-build and the traditional self build. Essentially, with self-build you are personally accountable for every aspect of the project.

With custom-build, much of this responsibility is taken off your shoulders by the developer or your co-builders. Services are already in place, infrastructure such as roads is created and there is an approved design code you follow, working in conjunction with the developer, builder or modular homes manufacturer.

Here we look at the advantages and disadvantages of choosing to custom build your home and how it differs from the self build route.