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Building Your Own Home – The Ups And Downs

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

Building Your Own Home – The Ups And Downs

Build your own homeBuilding your own home can be a pipe dream for many people.

However, if  the time finally came that you had the financial capability to build your own home, would building your own home be all that it’s cracked up to be?

Here are a few of the ups and down of building your own home to help you decide.

 Building Your Own Home – The Ups

One of  the best things about building your own home is that you get to build a house from scratch and based on your own requirements.

You will get to choose the layout, the materials that will be used and even the smaller details that will make all the difference such as how many electrical sockets to include in each room.

Generally speaking, building your own home is a more practical alternative in terms of costs; especially if you can purchase land at a fair price.

By building your own house,YOU in effect take control over the costings based on your own budget and finances. This means also taking full control over the materials and design that you use.

By building your own home, you can install the most cost effective electrical and plumbing systems, therefore guaranteeing their efficiency.

You can even elect to install a water recycling system (which is what we did when we built our own home) in order to reduce on your water bill costs. Whereas, if you were to buy a ready built house, the systems would already have been installed.

Building your own home also offers a great sense of satisfaction and achievement, especially if you have played a part in managing the build.

Building Your Own Home – The Downs

One of the biggest drawbacks of building your own home is trying to find a plot of land within your budget (especially if you have a preferred location in mind.)

Paying a premium amount for a plot of land can quickly make a big dent within your funds which will then suddenly dictate the size and finish of your dream home…Meaning that your dream house may not end up looking quite like the one that you had planned in your mind.

That’s if you actually get the Planning Department to approve your proposals in the first place!

Time also plays a huge factor when it comes to building your own house. Building your own home is not a one man project and can take up a huge chunk of your time and require a lot of effort on your part, as you endeavour to work with a team of experts such as engineers, architects and interior designers.

Then there’s the extra cost and inconvenience of having to find somewhere to live during the build. Renting, living with family or as was the case for us- living in a caravan, can all take their toll on your finances and your sanity!

Building Your Own Home – The Conclusion

So would we recommend that you build your own home?


Although building your own house can be trying at times and can be difficult to finance given that mortgages for self builds can be limited, there is no better feeling in the world than building your own home and actually moving into it!

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Roy Derrick,receiving Award for Building Excellence


How To Build Your Own Home Without Going Bankrupt

Saturday, January 31st, 2015

If You’re Looking To Build Your Own Home Then Think Carefully…

As one of South Wales most reputable builders not only do we love helping people build their dream home, we also ensure that they can afford it in the first place.

Tips on how to build your own homeFar to often people jump in the deep end without seriously thinking about what it will really cost to build their dream home. It’s all to easy to forget about the structural costs, techniques, skills and all of the other hidden infrastructure and internal costs needed to complete the project.

How many times have you driven past and seen a ‘self build’ project unfinished? You can bet it’s because the owner didn’t plan the project carefully enough at the beginning and as a result ran out of money

Not a day goes by without someone asking me how easy is it really to build your own home? The truth is that it’s as easy or as hard as you make it.

There are a few key factors to consider before jumping in the deep end. Sadly we have seen peoples dream shattered and their lives turned upside down because they were poorly advised or because they were ignorant towards the truth. Ask yourself…

“Can I afford it” or ” am I the best builder” to do the job ? Many people think that to build your own home is simple, but trust me when I say that it’s not always as easy as it may seem.

Can You Really Build Your Own Home ?

The secret to any successful building project is to think and plan it carefully before spending a penny. If you think that you can build your own house then ask yourself these few simply questions …

1. Am I up to date with all of the latest building regulations ?
2. Do I really have the skills and expertise to build my own house?
3. Am I really qualified to build a house?
4. Have a really got the time to construct my own house?
5. Do I know who can help me build a house?
6. Do I know how much it will really cost to build my own house?
7. Can I really afford to build my own house?

Build Your Own Home Without Going BustIt can be an exciting experience building your own home and the thought that you can design and have it built to a very high standard is what appeals to most people. It’s also the main reason most people end up appointing a good builder to build their house for them.

All too often people even end up asking a builder to take over their building their home because they misjudged how much time and effort it would take or because they found that their own ( or even their friends ) DIY skills were not as good as they had thought!

Let’s be honest… very often we all think at some time or other that we could build our own home using family and friends to save money. Personally from my experience it very often ends up costing more than appointing an experienced builder from the outset and sometimes ends up destroying relationships.

To Build Your Own Home Can Be A Risky Affair

If you want to build your own home then remember it will be the biggest investment that you will ever make and one that needs intense planning well before you start. It’s not uncommon for a builder to take over the construction of a new self build project because the client has either found it all to stressful, too time consuming or more costly than they had originally thought.

You will always find that every successful building project has had a good project manager behind it. If you are going to project manage your own self build project, make sure that you have the time and skills to do so otherwise it will most definitely end up costing you much more money than if you had appointed a reputable builder from the outset.

There are now more Banks, Building Societies and other Self Build Lenders who are starting to lend money for self build and other similar projects now that the recession seems to be over. However, I’m glad to say that self build mortgage lenders are only lending money under very strict guidelines. By this I mean that every box has to be tick before, during and after the building process to ensure that the end result is a well built property that can be sold for more than it cost to build and of course one that you can afford to build in the first place.

Unless you seek the right advice from the start you could end up in a lot of financial trouble. Very recently we were involved in a project whereby one simple utility search was over looked by a solicitor that resulted in us uncovering a large water main whilst excavating the foundations for a new house. That water main ran right through the middle of the building plot. The consequence was that it cost a large amount of money to have the water main moved in addition to delaying the whole project. A cost the client had most certainly not expected.

Bad planning, advice and time… costs money !

If you want to build your own home then I suggest that if you can tick all of the right boxes then go for it…. It can be a very rewarding experience. But don’t cut corners. Find an experienced builder, a reputable builder who can do the job for you.. Lock, stock and barrel rather than doing it the hard way that could result in making you bankrupt and losing everything.


Building Your Own Home

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

Advice on how to make it a pleasurable experience

Every time that I drive up the driveway of my home I still cannot believe that I actually live in such a beautiful house. The only reason that I am fortunate enough to live in this house is because I built it myself. Were all of the sacrifices that I made to achieve my dream home worth it?  Yes definitely.

The most difficult process of building your own home is being able to visualise the end product. It is difficult to imagine how an ordinary field can suddenly transform into a lovely house with beautiful, spacious gardens. Fortunately I have good vision and I could easily imagine the finished product. Convincing my family was another matter. All that they could still see was a muddy field stuck in the middle of nowhere.

Fortunately my wife trusted me enough to commit to selling our previous home in order to purchase the field to build our dream home. We were very lucky to sell our house in six days and within weeks we had packed up all our belongings and were on our way to a new adventure. We obviously had some reservations as we took one last look back at our house but our worries were soon replaced by excitement at the prospect of building our new home. It was even more poignant as my wife was seven months pregnant at the time.

We spent the next seven months living with parents whilst I dug out the necessary access route into the field in preparation for the next part of our adventure—living in a caravan!

Our daughter Danielle was six months old when we moved into the caravan.

It was strange to begin with as it was very isolated and dark. However it was wonderful to be back on our own together as a family unit. Our families had been incredibly supportive and kind but there is nothing like your own space- however small that space may be. It was wonderful for my wife Julie to be living on site as it meant that even though we were spending very long periods apart due to the lengthy hours that I was spending building the house at least she could look through the window and be able to watch me and the progress being made.

The situation became even more challenging when we found out that Julie was pregnant again and that there would only be a sixteen month age gap between the two children. However we managed and soon there were two babies crawling around the caravan. Our bedroom was the biggest challenge. You could never imagine that so many people could fit into so small an area. My wife and I slept in the bed, I made a custom built cot for Danielle and Jessica slept in a Moses basket on a stand.

Some of the weather conditions during the time that we were living in the caravan were atrocious.  There were times when the caravan literally swayed from side to side during terrible storms.  We then had to manoeuvre our way through thick squelchy mud to our temporary laundry room situated in a shed.

I have to say that it sounds like a nightmare but it was actually quite fun because we had mentally prepared ourselves for the challenge. We also kept focusing on the full picture. This was becoming easier as the house build progressed and our dream home was beginning to seem a reality.

The first exciting stage of the build was pouring the concrete for the foundations. This involved all hands on deck and was at times chaotic. Again I had to convince the family that the finished foundations would actually convert into a big house as at this stage it looked small.

Then the partitions were put in place and the necessary beams. Suddenly the house was taking shape and when the bricks were being laid it became easier to imagine the finished product. Eventually the roof went on, the walls were plastered and painted and all the services were installed. It was now time to pick the decor and appliances. This was the nice part but it’s surprising how lengthy this process can be – especially agreeing on what to buy. It was particularly important at this stage to try to stick to the agreed budget as this is the stage when many people who build their own homes become unstuck by overspending.

It is surprising the little things you suddenly have to decide upon.  For example whether to have gold or silver handles on the doors or whether to have a combination of both? Then should the doors be brown or white and should there be glass in the doors to maximise light? We eventually came to a compromise and the last part of the process was complete. The best part of all was watching our kitchen transforming from a bare, empty space into a large luxurious one as one by one the units were installed. This had been the main focus in the planning of our house as we had always wanted a large, open kitchen.

In our experience we had always found that no matter how many living areas you have in a house it is always the kitchen that everyone congregates into. Therefore with this in mind we built a large kitchen which also comprised of an adjoining family and sun room. This has worked perfectly and we have had many enjoyable social gatherings within this area. Eventually after living in the caravan for two years our project was complete and it was time to move into our new home. Our eldest daughter who had only ever known living in a caravan cried as she watched the caravan being towed off site.

It took a while to adjust to suddenly living in such a big house.  Every sound seemed to echo and it took a while to remember our way around. We have now been living in our home for five years and the novelty still hasn’t worn off. I still look in wonder at our lovely house and our beautiful landscaped gardens whose beauty changes with every season.  Had I not built my own house I would never have been able to afford to buy the house that I live in. It was certainly worth the sacrifices that I made to achieve it. The important thing is to always stay focused on the project and to make it as fun as possible.

The end result certainly makes all the hard work worth it.

Since then I have built homes for numerous clients and have helped them to achieve their dream homes. I have been able to successfully do this having had firsthand experience of building my own home. All in all there is definitely nothing more rewarding than building your dream home. I was fortunate that as I was self employed and was therefore able to dedicate the time needed to realise my dream.  However the dream is still achievable to anyone provided they find a good plot of land and a good project manager to get the house built on their behalf.

Good luck to anyone who decides, like me, to build their own home.

The excitement of building your own home quickly made me realise the amount of fun and fulfilment such a project creates, not only for yourself but also your family and friends. Another such fulfilling opportunity that I have developed is working from home.