Building your own home from scratch can be an exciting prospect, but getting started can be intimidating.
In this guide, we offer some top tips on where to begin with your self-build project and how to avoid the pitfalls newcomers often fall foul of.
While you're probably eager to get going, it really does pay to do your due diligence when it comes to research.
Thankfully, this is easier than ever thanks to the wealth of online resources available to budding self-builders. While we've covered this in depth in our stand-alone guide<link>, some of the best places to consider include:
Finding a plot
Thanks to government initiatives to spur on self-build in the UK, practically every local authority will now have a register of available plots in their area. You can also sign up to a council's register of self-builders and get alerts when new plots become available.
Once again, the web can also prove useful and you can use sites like PlotBrowser to locate suitable plots all over the country.
It's vital to make sure the plot you choose already has outline planning permission, since there's no guarantees you'll be able to acquire this later if you opt to buy one without. In a worst case scenario – you could end up with a patch of land that's useless to you and that'll be hard to sell on, given that planning's already been refused.
Picking an architect
Unless you're an architect yourself, you'll need to pick an architect to help make your self-build dreams a reality.
They'll be responsible for interpreting your plans and can help in various ways when it comes to the logistics of the build.
This is a long-term relationship, however, and you shouldn't rush your decision. Meet with a few architects and see how you gel with them – you'll be stuck with them for the long-haul so it pays to pick someone you can get on with.
You can find a selection of registered self-build specialists on the Royal Institute of British Architects' website.