Beginners Guide to Self Build

This informative 10-part series written by Build It in partnership with the Self Build Academy will guide you through every stage of the self build process. Check back each month for the next installment...


Part 1

Part 1 - 5 Steps to Self Build Success

If you want to create your ideal home – tailored to your family’s lifestyle – then self building is the way to go. Here are Build It’s five golden rules to follow to ensure you enjoy a successful project.

Part 2

Part 2 - Budgets and Finance

Self Building offers excellent value for money - but it's important to keep on top of your budget. Find out how you should split your funds and where you can look for suitable finance.

Beginners guide Part 3

Part 3 - Finding the Right Plot

The first step to realising your custom home project is tracking down a site to put it on. Build It’s editor Chris Bates explains how to give yourself the best possible chance of identifying a plot with genuine development potential

Part 4

Part 4 - Designing Your Dream Home

If you want a house that matches your style expectations and will fit your family’s lifestyle both now and in the future, then self building is the path for you. Discover how you can ensure your scheme’s design meets your needs

Part 5

Part 5 - Structural Timber Systems

Offering a wealth of design options, competitive prices and quick construction times, timber frame is rightly a self build favourite. Find out why you should consider this method for your project.

Part 6

Part 6 - Masonry Structural Systems

Masonry has played a major role in the UK’s built heritage over the centuries, with both brick and stone structures making significant contributions to vernacular architecture up and down the country.