Over the past couple of years the government has been actively encouraging the growth of self-build housing.  The UK lags behind it’s European counterparts as far as self-building is concerned, with only around 10% of new homes being self-built or custom built in the UK, compared to around 50% in some European Countries.  However, the number of self-builds being carried out in this country is rising and this trend is set to continue with the government’s support.
What is self-build?
Self-build can be interpreted in a number of ways.  Essentially it involves you, the intended occupier, taking full or partial control of the build of your new home.  It can literally mean that you design and build most or all of the house yourself, or you might appoint a contractor to build your house, or you might opt for an off-the-shelf approach such as a ‘kit-house’.

I would describe myself as an aspiring self-builder in the more literal sense.  I am currently building a two-storey side extension and single storey rear extension to my existing house.  I’m taking on as much as I can myself; excavation, foundations, bricklaying, carpentry, plastering, etc.  There are of course some jobs that I cannot and should not take on myself, e.g, electrical or gas work, but these days there are numerous websites that give budding self-builders or DIY enthusiasts easy-to-follow guidance about specific trades or skills.  In the near future I plan to take on the bigger challenge of building my own house.  If you’re also considering this then there are some great websites which I’d recommend looking up as they specifically cater for serious self-builders.  These include the Self Build Portal,the Homebuilding website and the National Self Build Association.
Initial Obstacles…
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