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Turn your Dream Home into a Reality: Things to Consider for a Self-Build

Turn your Dream Home into a Reality: Things to Consider for a Self-Build

Things to Consider for a Self-Build

With homes getting smaller and prices continuing to rise, there has never been a better time to design and build your own home. Designing and building your own home can seem like a daunting prospect, but with the right team, you can create a beautiful tailored specifically to your family. Our builders in North London team can support you through every step of the process, and we’ve put together a few things you should consider before beginning a self-build.


If you are considering building your own home, it is important to take time to consider the location as the chances are you plan to stay in this house for some time, it may even be your forever home. The price of land will vary across the country, and will be most expensive around London and the South East. Of course, building your own home is a great option if you are looking to live in and around London and haven’t found a house that meets your requirements. 

Before choosing a location, ensure you study the local area, you don’t want to be purchasing a plot of land next to the landfill site! It is also important to take a look at the local authority’s website for recent planning applications, this will give you an idea of timescales and limitations of planning permission. We can take you through every step of the planning process, so you don’t need to worry about any of the technical information. 


It goes without saying that the larger the plot of land, the more expensive it is likely to be. Which is why it is important to consider what your top priorities are, for example do you need more bedrooms or do you want more outside space. Bedrooms can be resolved by building up, but if you want a large garden you will of course want a larger plot. Don’t forget to include space for parking when you are considering a plot, as after all the time you spend building you home you will definitely want somewhere to park your car. 

Plan, shape and layout

The benefit of designing and building your own home is that you don’t have to stick to traditional layouts and shapes. Whilst traditional layouts such as squares and rectangles are often more affordable, you have the option to be much more creative with your space. Our design team can help you create a home that is perfect for you and your family.

Number of storeys/floors

As mentioned above, the larger the plot of land, the more expensive, so a great option is to build up. Particularly, if you need more bedrooms, an office or larger living area. Although most people opt for a two-storey home, adding a third is a great way to increase space and add value to a home. A third floor is also a great way to give older children their own space whilst they are living at home.


When you begin the planning process, it is important to consider the specification you would like in your home. A luxurious specification will increase the cost of building your home, but will add value for resale. It is vital specification is considered at the early stages, as having to change from premium to standard products due to a lack of funds can impact the flow and aesthetics of your new home.


Involvement is all about how much time you have to spare for the build. If you are working full-time and live a busy life, you may have little involvement and just be involved in the planning and design stages of the build. Our experienced team, can handle all aspects of your build from planning, delivery of materials and finishing touches. We will even inform any neighbours of early morning deliveries and let them know of any work that may cause a slight inconvenience to them. 

To find out how we can make your dream home a reality, contact our team today on 0330 1230 065 or email

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