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July 21 2011 5 21 /07 /July /2011 06:22

Building your home involves purchasing land, gaining planning permission and working with local council officials. You will need to decide what you want, what you can afford and what skills and labour you need to do it. You will need a careful plan and be clear about connecting utilities, such as water, sewage and electricity.

The first stage

Check legalities

You must find plots of land for sale to build your own house. If a plot has planning permission, you must build only what is permitted. However, if there is no permission, you must seek it. It is important to appoint an architect to show the council what you intend to construct. You should appoint a lawyer to do legal searches on the land to see what problems might arise, such as possible subsidence, road schemes and so on. Professional help is not a luxury.


Home builders require a hardheaded grasp of their budget in money and resources, in tools, time and labour. You may need to find out how go about money raising .You must decide what tasks will require professional help, such as roof making, and which will require more than one person. For safety reasons, you should not build roofs on your own. If you need help, takes quotes and decide on a competent and reliable house builder to help you.

Skills audit

Decide what skills you have and what you have not. Do a similar audit for your spouse/partner. Then determine what skills you can acquire before the building starts. You will also need to determine what tools you need, whether you have them and where to hire or buy them. Be very safety conscious and acquire all safety equipment and training, as building sites are dangerous places.


Decisions about what to build are important. Many self-build projects involve restoring an old property. However, old buildings come with special problems, such as walls becoming off true through subsidence over years. Some people go for a conventional brick design, However, many are now looking at alternative designs, such as prefabricated or log houses, which are cheaper than traditional brick structures and which are available from several reputable companies, who can provide support services.

Whatever design you choose, you will need to have utilities put in. Sewers are important, as is running water and either gas or electricity or both. You may decide on a wind turbine and/or solar panels. However, you have a legal obligation to consult and be inspected by local authority planning inspectors at all states in the process, because if you do not co-operate, they can require you to take your building down.

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