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Design and specification

During this stage it will start to feel like your plans are really coming together, and you’ll have a good idea of what your finished home will look like. However, there are still a huge range of options to consider and decisions to make.

You’ll need to decide on what building system route you’re going to take, how you’ll deal with project management, and if there are any eco considerations for your project. You’ll also want to start researching well-recommended contractors and tradespeople to carry out the work, and think about the big interior items such as your kitchen and bathrooms.

With all of these considerations still to be made, it can be hard to stick to your original budget once you begin planning things in and costs start adding up. The best way to keep on top of it all is to draw up a comprehensive budget breakdown before you make any key decisions. List everything you can, even the small stuff, and try to be as accurate as possible. Knowing where you can save money or pitch in to help, and which items are worth spending out on is also helpful.

Our Building Systems Workshop is a free event that covers the pros and cons of each method of building, and offers expert tips and advice to help you decide which building system is right for your project.

For an in-depth overview of the full self build process, including designing your home, project management, and how to find the best tradespeople, our 3 day NSBRC Guide to Self Build Projects covers it all.

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?

Check out our range of in-person and virtual courses!