In this blog, we will cover a few topics that will help you to get started so you can take the plunge with your own exciting Self Build project.
Hunt for a Building Plot
First and foremost your dream house also needs a home. To find the right site for your project you could start by speaking to people, word of mouth is a very powerful tool.
Resources such as Plotsearch are also free to subscribe to and are a fantastic opportunity to find your ideal plot of land.
Get a clear picture of your Self Build budget and know how it will be funded
Yes, I know, finance and a realistic budget. As uncomfortable and confused these might make you feel, both are crucial and need addressing right from the outset. I think we can blame the likes of Grand Designs for giving the impression that all Self Builds turn into ghastly money pits. The reality is most self-builders worth their salt take a very sensible approach to setting a budget before they even go through to the design stage.
Also, a good tip to know is to make sure you have a contingency plan of at least 10% of your overall build budget. That way if things don't go perfectly to plan you should avoid losing your hair and your mind.
Think about your Design and the Planning Applications involved
Next up you're going to need somebody to get your vision onto paper. When choosing the right architect, make sure you select someone you trust. This is going to be your home so they need to have a full understanding of your aims and expectations. They also need to have the ability and skills to get your job done right and sometimes they are even happy to advise on finding the best site for you too. Visit RIBA Architecture to find local architects in your area.
Early contact with your relevant planning authority is also recommended to ensure that the project is viable before you start. Your chosen architect will also be able to help guide you through this process.
Moving forward with your Self Build
Making a start with the above stages will really get the ball rolling with your Self Build and naturally, the next step would be to source a building firm whom you are happy to take on the work for you.
Again word of mouth is a great way of finding out about reputable and exceptional contractors. Have you friends or family who have taken on a similar sort of project or can you see work currently being carried out at a property near your plot?
If you are still struggling, there are two market leading search databases that can help you to find the right company; My Builder and Rated People
Here, candidates are vetted and assessed to evaluate whether they meet the sites high standards. Impressively My Builders standards are so strict they actually turn away over a third of applicants.
Doorsan to the rescue; your Self Build contact Hero
Reassuringly, if you still require a contact for any of the professions mentioned in this blog please don't hesitate to ask us for a recommendation. With our wealth of connections in the industry, we should be able to point you in the right direction of a trusted supplier throughout any stage of your build.
And remember, as once famously quoted by Martin Luther King Jr, ''You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.''
Now to source that perfect plot.
Written and published by Hannah King