Learn all about the process of building your own home with our expert advice and top tips. From how to plan your project, how to choose the right professionals for the job, to the nuts and bolts of the self build journey, we’ve got you covered!

6 things to consider before building your own home

It looks like you’re serious about making the dream of building your own home a reality... But before you start planning a self build project, it’s important to go into the process fully informed. Here are six important things to consider before taking the plunge.

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How to start a self build project

Want to build the home of your dreams? With a self build you can create a home that meets your needs and includes everything you’ve dreamed of, from eco features to wild designs. Building your home can be incredibly rewarding, but it’s also a lot of hard work. Here’s our guide on how to start a self build project.

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What to ask an architect before hiring them for a self build project

Once you’ve done your initial research and made a list of potential architects, it’s time to get down to the tough job of choosing. When you first contact an architect they’ll ask lots of questions so they can understand your requirements. If you’ve prepared your own queries too, you’ll be in a strong position to decide if they’re the right fit. Here’s our cheat sheet to bring along to your meeting.

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Important questions to ask a main contractor

Much like finding an architect choosing a main contractor (builder) is one of the most pivotal decisions when building your own home. If your chosen self build route is to use a main contractor, the next big decision is to actually pick one. Here’s some important questions to ask a builder before you sign on the dotted line.

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Choosing a construction method for your self build home

How will you construct your self build home? There’s an array of building methods to choose from, from the ever-popular brick and block, traditional timber, speedy structural insulated panels, to less common but eco-friendly options like straw bales.

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Common mistakes to avoid when building your own home

Building your own home comes with a steep learning curve. But with thorough research and meticulous planning, you can avoid some of the most common mistakes that self builders encounter. Here are six to look out for...

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