Building your own home

Last updated: 26 August 2020

If you want a new home you do not always have to buy one that is on sale. You can also 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. However, it has some advantages, such as:

  • 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