Top 10 Things To Consider When Self-Building

Top 10 Things To Consider When Self-Building

Most of us dream of building our own home. Thankfully, whether you’re planning a grand design or want to create a truly unique, family hub, self-building has never been easier. Here are 10 essential tips to help you turn that aspiration into a reality…


  1. Begin with the budget

Before you get swept away in daydreams of Juliet balconies and rolling lawns, it’s best to tackle the boring bit: your budget. It’s imperative that you map out what liquid assets and equity you have at your disposal, then add this to your borrowing capacity to work out your total budget. Give yourself some breathing room by tallying an extra 10%. Then, stick to it.


  1. Find a plot

Easier said than done. First up: consult your local council’s Right to Build registry and online resources, for instance the Self-Build Portal, PlotBrowser and Plotfinder. Then, ask yourself: it is a serviced plot? Is it suitable for self-builders? What’s the accessibility like?


  1. Get planning permission

Without planning permission, you legally can’t break ground. In fact, you shouldn’t even buy a property until planning is approved – lest you want all of your efforts to be deconstructed before your very eyes.


  1. Decide what kind of home you want to build

What does your dream home look like? Is it an eco-friendly eden, a cosy, traditional barn conversion or a modern masterpiece? Do you want to get your hands dirty and do it all yourself, or would you rather stay stress-free and leave it to the experts? Going custom-built doesn’t mean compromising on design – simply find a housebuilder who shares your vision and can turn it into a reality.


  1. Think about the future

If this self-build is going to be your forever home, you can be as weird and wacky as you like. But if you’re looking to sell it on eventually, then it bodes well to keep an eye on the market for popular designs that won’t date.


  1. Make it yours

You have a terrific opportunity to build something utterly beautiful and bespoke. So really think hard about every detail and how you can shape the building around your needs. Need some help? Our team at Bespoke can advise you on every aspect and guide you through the process of bringing your vision to life.


  1. Be nice to the neighbours

While few people will be thrilled about having a building site next door, being kind and courteous to your neighbours should put you in good stead.


  1. Order everything with enough time

Timing is everything on a self-build and the more specific your building requests, the longer it may take. It’s important that you or your builders ensure that things are ordered in ample time to timelines – and budgets – don’t slip.


  1. Keep things in perspective

Building a home from scratch is no mean feat and it can be stressful. Just remember, projects take time and there may be some setbacks, but it’s all part of the journey. Having an expert building partner to lean on can take away most of the strain.


  1. Enjoy your new home

It doesn’t need to be finished for you to start loving it. Wait until the end of the day, then sit and watch the sunset from your soon-to-be-kitchen. Imagine your children climbing the trees in the garden, plan where you’ll put counters and furniture, and start to picture your property full of life and laughter: the way it will be. Then, pass on any insights or solutions that spring to mind during these reflective moments to your builders so they can really get a feel for what you’re trying to achieve.


At Bespoke, we’re tirelessly committed to bringing your dream home to life. Find out more by getting in touch!