Budget, budget, budget. Getting on top of your self build home costs!

Posted by Raphael Coppini on Feb 17, 2020 2:30:52 PM

According to the Homebuilding & Renovating Self & Custom Build Market Report 2017, more than half of self build projects go over budget.

In fact, researchers surveyed over 500 self builders and reported that projects typically went over budget by a whopping 20% - so on a £250,000 project, that means spending an extra £50,000. That’s a lot of money to find, never mind at the end of a build. 

Let's get started - do you:

1. Want to know how much your self build project will cost you - and you want to get a grip on the main issues?

2. Want to reduce the chances of your self-build going over budget?

3. Want to get your numbers prepared - so you are ready to speak to a mortgage broker?

Great - then we've got a quick 5 min read that's perfect for you. Onwards! 

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Topics: plots, selfbuild, homebuilding, budget, cost plan

Designs for self-build homes

Posted by Raphael Coppini on Feb 11, 2020 5:16:48 PM

Are you looking for inspirational design for your self-build home?


For many people, kit house designs give them the peace of mind that they will get an amazing home without the cost and risk of designing a house from scratch. For others, an architect is the key to fulfilling their dream house. It depends on what your budget for design is and possibly how many episodes of Grand Designs you’ve watched! So, what's the difference between these two routes? 

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Topics: selfbuild

The self build journey

Posted by Raphael Coppini on Feb 7, 2020 2:48:24 PM

Did you know that self-build accounts for only 11% of all new houses built in the UK yet in continental Europe it’s closer to 50%! 

Why is that? Part of the reason is thought to be cultural - we’ve become used to just buying ready made boxes from the nation’s largest house builders.  

Another part of the reason could be that it’s just complicated! Where do you start? How do you know if the plot is suitable? How do you decide on the right building materials or building system? Can I get a mortgage? Who knows what a dwang is, anyway? 

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Topics: plots, selfbuild

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