Where to Start When Thinking About Building Your Own Home

publication date: Aug 29, 2013
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author/source: Kate Faulkner, Property Expert and Author of Which? Property Books

Building Your Own Home - What you need to Know

If you have already decided to build your own home – congratulations! It will be hard work, but it will also be extremely rewarding as you will have a home that has been built to a spec you want, rather than enforced on you by a developer. 

Another great incentive is if you get it right, the day your property can be sold to anyone with a mortgage, you should be able to secure a 30% uplift in the value versus what the costs you paid out. So it’s a great way to afford a property in an area that would otherwise be unaffordable to you.  XXX  New Build


The best place to start is the Self Build and Renovation Centre which I set up in Swindon. It’s a fantastic place to really get to understand how self-build works, from financing the build to finding a plot of land, working with architects and how to hire builders and tradesman. Importantly you can find out more about securing planning permission and making sure you have all the building regulations sign off you require. 

English Brothers XXX Once you have a good idea of how to finance your build, you need to think through carefully the type of build you want. Timber frame is very popular with self builders. This is because you can buy them as ‘kits’ which can help fix 40% of your build costs – very handy when you have a budget to stick too. 



Timber frame kits are also very flexible. Although you buy them as a ‘kit’ you can still adapt the structure to your own style and decide which type of wood you want to use (green oak is considered one that lasts). In addition you can decide how to finish the property’s look and feel. Bricks, cladding, whitewash, pretty much whatever you fancy.

To find out more about building your own home, make sure you sign up FOR FREE as a member and download our Timber Frame Kit checklist From English Brothers to get you started. 

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