This informative 11-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...
The first step towards creating your own home is to find land to develop. While this may not be a simple exercise, you’ll reap the benefits when you uncover a site with potential. Here we discuss the best ways to hunt down your ideal plot
Once you’ve found the right plot, it’s time to start thinking about how you’ll create your perfect home upon it. The build method you choose will form the superstructure of your new house, and will also be your biggest single expense – so in many ways it is the most important decision you’ll make on your scheme.
Each system has its pros and cons, so take some time to think about what you are trying to achieve.
The key to a successful project is your home’s appearance – both inside and out – as well as how it responds to your requirements and how it feels to live in. Here we discuss the essentials of designing your new self build.
The key to a successful build is good organisation, determination and a head for figures. If you possess these skills, you may be in an ideal position to act as project manager – and if you don’t, you may be wise to leave it up to the professionals..
Often cited as the most difficult element of the self build process, gaining approval to start your project is an essential step. Here we look at the basics of planning applications and guide you through the various stages.
The construction of your self build needs to meet exacting quality standards set out by the government. But what are the guidelines and how do you get consent? In this article we look at how to make a Building Regulations application.
If you are about to embark on a home building project, you need to have the right documentation in place to ensure that your scheme runs smoothly. Here we look at the essential elements that you must consider.