In 2010 alone, more than 13,000 Britons designed and built their own homes. If you are planning to build your own property for the first time, there are a number of factors which you need to learn and take into account.
There is a reason why there are qualified and experienced roofers, builders and tradespeople in the UK. Building a house can be extremely difficult, dangerous and expensive however; there are many advantages to building your own dream home.
Before you attempt to do anything, before you even pick up a hammer, check out this simple self-build schedule. By reading on, you will hopefully learn everything you need to know to carry out the project thoroughly and safely.
First and foremost, get organised
It is essential to have an overall time plan with an idea of all the key steps and interdependencies. You need to be able to keep track of what needs to be done, when, where and the cost flow. There are various sources that you can use to get organised, such as Microsoft Project and Microsoft Excel.
Now here are all the main stages, from start to finish:
•Secure finance for the project and calculate your budget
•Find a suitable plot
•Hire an architect to create the blueprint as well as a qualified designer
•Arrange a site survey
•Decide preferred method of construction; how ‘green’ do you want the house?
•Apply for planning permission; this can take around 8-12 weeks for approval
•Get Building Regulations approval
•Are you hiring sub-contractors (e.g. electrician)? Identify your team now, agree on prices and draw up a contract
•Get quotes from frame suppliers
•Do you have enough time to complete the self-build?
•Pay land registry fees; does stamp duty need to be paid?
•Arrange site insurance and warranty
•Apply for water and electricity mains (if new)
Only after all these steps, the practical building aspect can start:
•Create access to the site and site storage
•Strip top soil and store for later
•Inform warranty inspector before continuing
•Build block work; this includes DPC/DPM and water pipes
•Inform inspector for oversight inspection
•Get scaffolding and build the structure/timber frame.
•Put windows in when frame was erected
•Build the roof (structure and tile) as well as fascias and soffits
•Make the build weather-tight e.g. brick up outer cavity wall
•Fit outside doors
And now you should only have the internal house to finish:
•Fit out the plumbing, electrics and carpentry
•Install house drains
•Plaster all the walls and ceilings
•Lay insulation for floor and the hard floor finish
•Connect the house to the mains
•Decorate the house
•Arrange a final inspection
•External decorating e.g. driveway, paths, landscape
If you are planning to build your own house, check out the Self Build Portal for lots of expert advice. But follow the stages aforementioned and you should have a smooth, straightforward build.
This article was written by Lauren Grice on behalf of Flat Pack Houses, the specialists in engineered wood products for buildings. Visit the flat pack houses website today to find everything you need on self-build projects.