Whether it’s a long-held fascination with Kevin McCloud’s Grand Designs, the inability to find the perfect property on the market, or simply the excitement and adventure of a new project, self-building is an attractive prospect for many people, allowing total control over the look and feel of their home from the inside out.
For others, however, it can seem like a huge and overwhelming challenge. One that is filled with risk and almost certain to end up more expensive than first thought.
What do you think? Is a self-build something you would consider?
What are the pros of self-building?
With a self-build you get the opportunity to start with a blank page. You get to flex those creative muscles, building in all the things you want to include and choosing where to compromise if budget becomes an issue.
If you’re particularly keen on living in a sustainable or green home, or one that is carbon neutral, for example, you have much more chance of making it happen if you design from the ground up than you do if you’re searching the housing market.
There’s no real need to have experience in homebuilding (although of course it helps), most people who set out to self-build have never done anything similar in the past. You can even take on a self-build course organised by the nSBRC, to help you learn much of what you’ll need to know.
Imagine the satisfaction you’ll have when the property is complete, the contactors have left your site and you can relax and take in everything you’ve achieved.
Isn’t there an easier way?
Of course, there are other options to managing everything yourself. Custom building can offer a good compromise. Often this involves working with a developer who will already have done many of the things that make a build project so daunting. For example, securing the site, getting planning permission and making sure the services are in place. But you will get plenty of design choices and options too.
Or you could work with a package company that both designs and supplies your home. This can be a great way to ensure completion of the project if you don’t feel confident about managing everything yourself. Particularly if you don’t have that much time to play with.
Alternatively, there is a middle ground. protaHOMES offers downloadable self-build plans at whatever level you need along with a catalogue of tried and tested suppliers. They follow an ethos of sustainability and value for money, creating a smart, healthy home that is designed to be extended as life moves on and budget allows. protaHOMES believes that houses should be affordable, low maintenance and built to last. And we completely agree.
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