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Self Build Is Achievable

Hello there! Yes, it’s true. We started Houseplansdirect amidst a housing crisis in 2008, with the firm belief that building your own home should be something anyone can accomplish. 15 years and over 10,000 downloads later, we’ve helped many happy clients on their self build journey. Now, let’s kick-start your self build journey with a quick overview.

Unpacking the Self Build Process

Here are key milestones that every successful self build journey must pass:

  • Securing a building plot
  • Selecting a house design you like
  • Getting approval from your local planning authority
  • Hiring a builder to start work on your home
  • Moving into your new house

That is the typical self build journey. Sometimes there are additional steps, forks in the road and unexpected obstacles. Some self-builders want to get their hands dirty, which brings its own challenges. However, if you can break the larger process down into more manageable milestones, it makes the whole thing seem much less daunting.

De-Mystifying the Process and Making It More Affordable

You may be thinking to yourself, “It can’t be that simple right? What’s the catch?”

Well, it can be that simple. Of course, some of the technical jargon can make it seem more difficult to understand. Sometimes there are complex forms to complete or spur-of-the-moment decisions to be made. However, with the right team around you, and the right attitude, self-build can be a very rewarding and enjoyable process.

To help get you started, here are 3 important things you need to know.

1. Tiny Oversights Can Ruin a Dream Home

Going the self build route gives you great freedom to customise your designs. This makes it easy to get carried away and end up with a house that doesn’t work for its occupiers.
Get our free guide here to avoid the 10 Design Mistakes Self Builders Make.

2. Budgeting: The More You Know, the More You Save

We recommend taking your time to familiarise yourself with the various aspects of the self build process. Knowing what is required and what options are available will go a long way to reduce the total cost of your dream home and avoiding costly mistakes.
Get a head start by downloading our 50 ways to save money on your self build here.

3. Planning Permission

You will need approval from your local authority before any building work can start. To get approval you must apply for Planning Permission. Some people find this to be the most nerve-racking part of the self build journey.
Costs can start to escalate quickly if you have to go back to the planning department repeatedly. Check out our 10-min Guide to Planning Permission to avoid the common mistakes many newbies make.

Resources For Every Step of Your Self Build Journey

No matter where you are on your journey, we have resources that will help you.

For Self Build Enthusiasts and Industry Professionals

Speed up your workflow with these high-quality editable Specification Templates and Building Regulations Drawings.

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