Self-build and custom-build homes

Self build

Self build

Self build or custom build is simply the process of designing, planning and building your own home. There are several routes to building your own home and the level of involvement you have can vary greatly depending which way you choose. Some people wish to manage the design and construction process and do the building and labouring work themselves while others commission a contractor to do it for them.  Projects range from individual homes on single plots to group projects on larger sites. 

To understand what type of self build is best for you and your budget please visit the Self Build Portal: www.selfbuildportal.org.uk

Local authorities are required to research demand for self build plots in their area and from 1st April 2016 the Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Act 2015 obliges them to maintain a list of people and groups interested in building their own homes.  The register will be used to see how many people are interested in building their own homes in the district and to develop policies to support the construction of more self-build and custom-build homes.  Registration does not however guarantee that a suitable plot will be identified, or become available. 

Hints and tips  
If you are a group, read the Custom Build Serviced Plots Loan Fund for loan finance opportunities  Check the details of planning permissions or the prospect of planning permission with the Local Planning Authority before you buy land.

Build store

National Custom & Self Build Association (NaCSBA)
Home building Plot Browser

Last updated: 04 September 2018