Planning your own Grand Design? Make sure your self build project runs as smoothly as possible with our expert guides and advice, plus take inspiration from our new build case studies. From choosing a plot to funding and finding the right architect, you can ensure your own self build is a success.
Research has shown that approximately one million people in the United Kingdom are taking part in their own building projects, be that self build homes, extensions, garden rooms, conversions or property renovation.
Normally a building project is undertaken to increase living space for family or entertaining requirements or to increase the value of a property. Sometimes, it’s because of the builder’s desire to create an outstanding piece of architecture that is appealing and different, whether it’s constructed on an empty plot of land, or to extend an existing property.
The key to a successful self build is finding the right plot. Once a plot of land has been found, before starting a project, planning permission is required for building. While starting a self build project might sound an interesting challenge, be aware of the financial implications. Establishing a budget, and staying on budget can be a huge challenge in itself, and so it is important to get these in place from the beginning.
Finding the right architect for your self build will mean that you are able to create a brief to design the perfect family home, the spacious kitchen or the exciting tree house that you’ve always wanted.
The average self build can take up to a year just at the pre-planning stage, and then another year to complete on site, or sometimes more. It’s important to not rush the pre-planning process, as rushing at the early stage of any building project could cause architectural or other problems in the future. Prioritise external areas of the building to be completed first; interior installations, improvements and decorative touches can be pushed back to after the build completion.
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