idea for this web site is to give help and advice to anyone attempting to
Selfbuild or Renovate for the first time. The emphasis will be on
addressing the most common problems encountered during Selfbuilding your House.
1. The first thing that you will
need for Self Building your dream home is building land. Finding the perfect
Self Build Plot of Land can be very difficult and stressful. It took me many
years to find the perfect self build plot but eventually I did with the help of
a local estate agency.
You can read my complete Self Build story here
Self Build Story
2. When you have found your house building plot of
land your need to find the cash to buy the land and also to fund the
construction of the self build property. You may be lucky enough to have the
cash already but the majority of people will need to find a self build mortgage.
Self build mortgages are very specialised mortgages and can be tricky to find
especially after the last financial crisis and the subprime mortgage problem.
Find out more about
Self Build Mortgages
3. Once you have purchased your self
build land it is very important to protect
your land, house, tools against damage and theft during construction and also
injury to workers and also to any person that wanders onto your self build site
(trespassers, vandals, thieves - you are liable). So self build insurance is a
must have, your mortgage lender will also insist on this, but it will also give
you piece of mind. I can recommend two self build insurance policy providers
Selfbuildzone, they have
some superb cover and are flexible and
reasonably priced. I have found that these two companies to be the best on the
market for self build insurance.
4. House building warranty will be
demanded by the mortgage supplier. In the past self build house structural
warranty has been provided by the NHBC but this warranty has proved to be very
expensive and you would need a builder that is registered with the NHBC. The
NHBC Solo warranty has now been withdrawn.
Self-Build-Zone have the perfect answer, they will provide inspectors for the 10
year house warranty that will also inspect for building regulations. Perfect
only 1 building inspector for both 10 year warranty and building regulations.
5. Building Materials - be sure to get the best
discounts and prices for self build building materials. If you go to your local
builders merchant you have no buying power, you are a person that is building 1
house. this will give you access to the best
discounts for building materials - Trade Card has the buying power from the
thousands of members. It is the biggest buyer, far greater than any of the
biggest house builders, so the discounts are good.
Thousands of families each year selfbuild a new house or
bungalow - some 10% of all new houses. A growing trend is to Self build
with Timber Frame construction. This build route ensures a very quick
construction time with the added benefits of superior insulation
properties which make a very energy efficient home. To view some more
Timber Frame designs follow this link.
The pictures above are of timber frame
built houses. Click on the pictures to enlarge them. To see more information
Timber Frame House Designs
I will try to answer these questions.
To start with by self building you will generally save between 20%-30% of the
house price (even up to 50%). The selfbuilt house (if managed and designed
correctly) will also be of a higher specification and built with higher quality
materials. The mass house building companies are there to make a profit and I
have heard numerous stories of "shoddy" workmanship because of tight
bonus and work rates.
Go and visit some of the
"quality" show houses in your area and take a close inspection of
them. OK they look nice, because they are designer decorated and furnished, but
the house that you purchase normally will have painted walls and no furniture.
The things I normally look at (my wife goes mad) is under the carpets, is it a
solid boarded floor or is it chipboard. Other things that I always spot are the amount of
electrical sockets in the house, are there TV and aerial sockets to each bedroom
and every major room. Is there a burglar alarm installed?
Self Build Story. It should be realistic, truthful and humorous so it should
give you my image of Self Build.
Finally I would like to publish a few
keywords that a "self managed selfbuild meant to me"
We recently engaged in a
poll of Selfbuilders to ask the question "What difficulties did you find
during SelfBuild?" The answers were not surprising. See the results below.
Is there a traditional build
design and supply company?
Click on the questions
to get some advice.