Why self-build?

Why self build?

The information in this guide was last updated on 26/02/2014

Building your own home with a self-build kit or with an architect can be a cost-effective way to get your dream property.

Many people choose to build their own homes as an alternative to buying a newly built or older property. Self-build means you can choose exactly what sort of property you want and build it to your specifications, often making a saving compared to open market prices for equivalent homes.

Around 10% of new homes in the UK are self-built. Building your own home from scratch might sound like a lot of work, but there are several good reasons to consider it, whether you choose a home that’s custom-designed for you or you opt for a “kit home” containing all the parts you need to create your house.

Most people don’t actually do the building themselves – 9 in 10 self-builders just organise the project, hiring professionals to do the labour.

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Reasons for choosing to self-build

  • It’s cheaper than buying an existing property

A home that might sell for £220,000 could be self-built for £130,000, according to think-tank Policy Exchange. The government-backed Self-build Portal says you usually save 20-40% on the cost of an existing home.

  • You can get exactly the type of house you want

Choose from a custom-built home or a kit home, which can be modified to suit your needs. There are several types available, ranging from modern to traditional in various sizes.

  • You can choose where to build

If you can find a plot of land and get planning permission, you can build your house wherever you like. 

  • If you build a sustainable property, it could be cheaper to run

With a self-build property, you have the option to make it as energy-efficient as you like, saving you money on energy bills.

How to get started

Types of self-build home

Financing your self-build