With a range of new laws encouraging the development of self-build homes and renovations, the sector is seeing an influx of first-timers.
However, even if you've got a day job as a builder – it's impossible to go it completely alone. To help out new self-builders, we've scoured the web to find some of the best resources available.
The National Custom & Self Build Association (NaCSBA) is the official association of self-builders in the UK and has the avowed aim of supporting and encouraging those undertaking self-build projects.
It's got a range of fantastic resources for those in the initial phases of self-build and can provide guidance on practically any issue – from finding a plot to local Right to Build registers.
NaCSBA also offers inspiration to prospective self-builders, running regular competitions for things like designing the most flexible starter homes and ideas for self-build homes that can be built on a shoestring budget.
The Self-Build portal
NaCSBA also runs the government-endorsed Self-Build Portal, which caters for self-builders carrying out one-off projects, taking part in a group build or converting an existing property.
It offers a range of case studies on various types of project, to give those considering self-build an idea of the work that they'll have to put in and you can use its interactive guide to find out the best route for you and whether your plans are feasible with the budget you've got.
The website's forum is also highly active and after a no-fuss registration, you can ask questions of experienced self-builders, who will be more than happy to share their two cents and help you avoid common pitfalls they may have fallen foul of.
Billed as the UK's longest-running magazine devoted to the topic of self-build – Build It boasts both online and print versions. It's a must-read for budding self-builders, with its website and physical issues packed full to the brim of expert advice and inspirational real-life stories.
Build It also explores cutting-edge construction systems and detailed project guides on key issues from wet rooms and attic conversions to extensions and basements.
Homebuilding & Renovating
Another cracking magazine for self-builders, Homebuilding & Renovating is a one-stop-shop for reams of advice on practically every aspect of self-building.
Both its online and print editions are crammed full of expert advice that'll be invaluable to first-timers and experienced self-builders alike.
You can also register for free to join the Homebuilding & Renovating Community and get complimentary tickets to upcoming Homebuilding shows.