5 Tips For Building Your Dream Home

By Vanessa B

Self-building your new home gives you an opportunity to create a space that is entirely your own. They are becoming increasingly popular in the UK as more and more people want to take a plot and turn it into a perfect property. Self-builds take a lot of hard work and don’t just happen overnight. To turn your dream home into a reality, there are certain steps you have to follow.

Site Selection 

This is perhaps one of the most important decisions you can make: where are you going to build your dream home? There are lots of factors to consider here, and they’ll come down to your personal preferences. Would you prefer to live in the countryside or the city? How close to your family and friends would you like to live? Finding a plot takes work and there are online resources that can help you. 

Getting Professional Help 

You can’t build your dream home all by yourself. You need to find people who can help you. From an architect or designer to the right construction team and building suppliers. You want a team that you can rely on to get the work done. If they cause any trouble that might result in a financial loss to you, you might be able to claim professional negligence compensation. It’s important to work with people you trust and that share your vision.

Permissions and Regulations

Getting professional help can also help you deal with planning permissions and regulations. When you self-build, you need planning permission from your local authority. You’ll need to have your documents and designs ready. Additional surveys may be required for this. You also need to make sure you’re following building regulations. This process will involve a building inspector coming at key stages of construction, including concrete foundation and drainage.


Your budget will play a huge role in your self-build. The more accurate you can make it, the less chance you have of over-spending. It’s recommended to have a contingency of 10–20% to help be prepared for extra costs. Changing your mind about the layout during the project can massively impact your costs so you need to be sure of the design before work begins. 

Your Wants and Needs 

Your design is not just important for the budget, but also your day-to-day life when you get to live in your new house. It’s your dream home so it should have everything you want and need. For instance, if you’re working from home make sure you have enough space for an office. If you want your house to be perfect for hosting, create common areas. 

Building your dream home takes patience and hard work. It will take time but the end result will be worth it. What would your dream home be like?


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