What to Consider When Building your Home

With ever-growing house prices, increasingly less generous plot sizes and developments appearing more about profit than architectural and human harmony, the impetus to build your own house has never been greater. There is also more information on the subject than ever before, and more and more people are sharing their experiences with self-builds, making the prospect less daunting. 

So what could be better than planning and constructing your dream home, customised with all the details and design flairs that you want, and potentially making significant savings over buying a house from somebody else? Well if done right, not much, but there are many potential pitfalls along the way. We've put together a list of some of things to be mindful of when thinking about building your own house.

Buying Land

This, perhaps rather obviously, is where to start and fundamental to your self-build project. Things to consider are that the more work the land requires, the cheaper it will be. Installing cable for telecoms, for example, might not be necessary if a mobile service provider can deliver all the connectivity you need.


As many who have been through the process will tell you; getting planning permission to build your house will likely be the most stressful part. Bear in mind that any neighbours will be given the chance to object and raise concerns, any of which could derail the entire project. Local authorities will have to give you the go ahead too. One way of mitigating some of the risk is to consult with a company that sells “study plans”. These are plans that cover all of the basics and help cut out a lot of the more common stumbling blocks. Alternatively, you can buy land with existing planning permission – it costs more but saves a lot of hassle.


This again may seem obvious, but allocating sufficient budget to allow for all of the unforeseeable issues from the outset is nigh on impossible. Having detailed plans in place before you start can help reduce the likelihood of hidden costs, as will making sure that you have fully worked out the minutiae of any additional borrowing ahead of time.

Future Proofing

While it is important not to build a house with a capacity too far beyond your needs and means, it is always a good idea at the planning stage to try and predict any additions you may want to make. Adding extra pipework or cabling during the main build is very simple, but once it's finished; doing so will be intrusive and costly.

At Bluelime Home Design we have over twelve years of experience with helping people design and build their own homes. Our architects in Bexley, Bromley, Dartford, Erith and Croydon know the best way to go about obtaining planning permission, how to ensure the smooth running of a construction project and we can even offer our building services. We pride ourselves on our ability to be flexible, offering you a choice between a one stop shop or a tailored service to suit your needs.

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