Planning Your Self Build in 2019

Every year more than 13,000 people build their own homes. Reasons for doing so can be as wide-ranging as the individuals that build them, but whatever your requirements; building your own home is undoubtedly the best way to achieve exactly what you want, at the most affordable price possible.

Below we have put together a list of the four main steps that we believe are crucial to any self build project.

  1. Planning: Planning is crucial. Starting a self build without knowing what you want, where and how it should be built is a recipe for quickly escalating problems.The first place to start is finding your plot. Let your intentions be known locally, look for Infill Sites and register with a land finding site like PlotSearch.

    Signing up to your council's Right To Build register is a must too, as every council is obliged to grant a quota of self build plots per three-year period. Speak to your planning office to ensure that any local regulations or obstacles are identified. Be sure to allow plenty of contingency time for planning permissions as well.

  2. Design: Crucial to achieving your dream home is first understanding your requirements, both present and future. Make a list of must-haves, like-to-haves and don't-wants and make note of all of the images and experiences that inspire you. All of this will help your designer and/or self build architect understand how best to deliver exactly what you want.

    Be realistic with your design. If money is tight; concentrate on one or two stand-out aspects. A signature feature or design cue can be all you need to make a lasting impression – don't over complicate matters.

  3. Costing: Keeping your self build on track and on budget is vital to its success. You are all but guaranteed to run into unforeseen issues that require extra spending, so be sure to hold back at least 10% of your budget as a contingency.

    Going to the usual route of a high-street lender might not offer you the flexibility you need for your self build project. A specialist broker like BuildStore will be better suited to your needs.

    Remember to stay flexible yourself. No matter how much you have planned, once the shovels hit the earth issues will arise and compromises will have to be made.

  4. Build: One area that you can save a lot on during the build is managing the project yourself. This of course comes at the expense of your time and stress levels. It is important to remember that you cannot manage a self build at weekends, so if you cannot be on hand during the day, mid week: budget for hiring a professional.

    Stay on plan and if changes absolutely have to be made, be sure to get the requisite permissions before they are. Otherwise you will be building without permission which can result in serious problems down the line.

    Make sure you shop around for suppliers. Find a local builders’ merchant and offer them exclusivity for your project, in return for a discount.

For more help and advice from our project managers or architects in BromleyBexleyErithDartford and Croydon. please contact us at Bluelime Home Design today.


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