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Research

The first stage in your self build journey should always be thorough research. You’ll need to make sure you understand what’s involved in a self build project, and if it’s something that is realistically feasible for you.

With a clearer understanding of the self build process, you can then start thinking about budgets and what type of home you’d like to build. Your budget will play a huge role in what and where you can build, so it’s important to make sure your expectations match up. You may also want to think about how hands-on you'd like to be during the project. Could you do some of the work yourself to help cut costs? Or would you prefer it to be fully taken care of for you?

At this stage you should also spend some time thinking about why you want to self build, and what the most important aspects of the project are for you. Is your priority a plot with beautiful views? A home tailored to your family? A home built with natural materials? Reducing future energy consumption? Maybe you don’t mind where your plot is as long as you can build your perfect home, or perhaps you’re happy to build a smaller home and focus on a high standard of finishing. These are all key things to consider, and will help you figure out what the must-haves are for your new home, and what isn’t quite so important.

Not sure where to start? Try taking a look at some case studies to help you see what’s possible for your budget, gather inspiration and learn from self builders who have completed similar projects.

View our range of NSBRC Case Studies here.

Before you Build your Home…Build your Knowledge with the NSBRC!


If you are contemplating building your dream home, or planning to improve your existing home, why not attend one of our NSBRC Training Courses first to build your knowledge and confidence?

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