Aspiring Grand Designers in London have received added support from Mayor Boris Johnson as a new scheme launches to help residents of the capital find plots of land to build on, as well as get expert support and guidance as they construct their own homes.
The Mayor is putting together a detailed register of London residents who want to custom-build a home by asking them to note which borough they prefer to live in.
The Build Your Own London Home Register, which launched at the end of August, will initially provide City Hall with a complete database reflecting the amount of demand for self-built homes in the city.
Mayor Johnson then intends to match prospective buyers with local councils that have brownfield sites available, as well as companies and developers that can support them.
Deputy Mayor Richard Blakeway said that people do not necessarily want to complete the entire build themselves, but most want to take an existing shell and apply their own custom touches.
Mr Blakeway added that initiatives such as the London Housing Bank, Housing Zones, and the Affordable Homes project are currently in place to increase the amount of available housing in the capital, but City Hall is always looking for new and innovative ideas for solving the housing crisis.
Finding a site to build on is usually the biggest challenge faced by aspiring self-builders, especially in London, where the most expensive element of a project is the land itself. Those without any kind of construction experience also tend to be deterred by the complexity of building their own home.