Building your own home

Last updated: 15 June 2017

If you want a new home but don't necessarily want any that are on sale, it may be an idea to build your own home from scratch. This is called self-building.

You don't have to have any construction experience to build your own house – in most cases starting a self-build means getting experienced workers to build your house for you.

Self-building can take a lot more time and work than just buying a new home, but it has some advantages:

  • You get more choice over the way your home looks.
  • You can plan your home's features to suit your own needs.
  • It can cost less to buy a plot of land and build a house than to buy a similar house that already exists.
There are a number of steps you have to take to build your own home:

Before the build

During the build

After the build