Every year, over 13,000 people build their own house. These intrepid home makers come from all walks of life: young couples keen to get onto the housing ladder; families hankering for more space; retirees wanting to downsize; DIYers looking for a project to sink their teeth into – the list goes on.
Whatever your motivation for self-building, the great news is that it’s a wonderfully accessible route to a new home – whether you’re a total novice or someone with plenty of experience in the construction sector. So just what makes self-build such a great idea?
Choice & control
We’re all familiar with the characterless new-build estates up and down the UK, populated with ever-smaller houses replete with average-quality finishes – but how many of us are actually happy living in such spaces?
“Developer-built houses are not necessarily poor products – they have to meet Building Regulations and clearly people are buying them, but they’re often disappointing places to live,” says Mike Hardwick, a project manager and self-build expert for the National Self Build & Renovation Centre. Working to a design you’ve commissioned for your own plot means you can steer clear of the commercial pressures that often blight big developments. Read more ›