Self Build
21st Apr 2021

Should You Build Your Own Home?

2020 has changed thinking, habits and reality in so many ways. One of the huge shifts in thinking is where we live and where we can realistically live while still working in our preferred employment. As working from home and remote working becomes the norm across many sectors and jobs it offers the opportunity to move away from large commercial centres, leaving traffic jams and take out flat whites behind to perhaps gain fresh air, no commute, and the sea on your doorstep. More people are examining the quality of life and home they can get by moving away from more expensive cities and commercial hubs.

At U Value we have noticed a massive surge in enquiries surrounding ‘self build’ options – there are many reasons to consider self build homes and projects, the most common is in the hope to save money. Here, we will take a look at what self build projects include and the benefits of creating one.

What Is A Self Build Project?

We describe this process whereby the client gets involved from design all the way through to finish, including getting their own hands dirty along the way and sometimes,  getting stuck into every element of creating their new home. When planning a self-build project, you need to begin thinking about where to start with a self-build project, what you need to consider before you begin and who you will need on your team to complete your project. For example, there might be areas of the project you need help with such as installing windows to a building or installing roofing tiles.

What To Consider When Starting A Self Building Project

When beginning a self-build project, there’s a number of factors you need to consider in order to get it right. This involves a lot of planning before even starting to build. Some of the major considerations as you begin include:

Location of the self-build project 

Gaining planning permission can take time and has many rules and regulations attached to it that you need to consider before you begin. However, there are lots of options here whereby you can upgrade an existing structure on land that will still allow you to ‘self-build’ your dream home.

Your budget for the project 

Getting a real idea of the full costs of the project. Where to start getting quotes and find trusted partners, planning what your non-negotiables are in your new build and what can be removed if costs don’t permit. Always leave a buffer for extra unforeseen costs- we have all seen ‘Room to Improve’ – it’s always best to expect the unexpected. Hopefully all goes perfectly to plan, and you will just have more money to spend on champagne for the housewarming!

Designing your self-build project 

Design can be dependent on planning, environment, other houses in the vicinity as well as more specific rules and regulations depending on the preferred location. Some of the key things to consider are the long-term use of the property, access required, energy efficiency, and more. Working with a trusted and experienced design partner is key to ensure you get that dream end product.

Regulations for self-builds

Planning permission will likely be required for your project unless it is a small self-build extension to an existing property structure. Make sure you know the correct regulations to follow as you embark on your venture. We will be happy to advise trusted partners to assist with this process. There are specific building regulations that must be followed in your self build project. Your project manager or build partners will need to follow these regulations to complete the project to an acceptable standard.

Reasons to Start a Self-Build Project

Self-build projects are becoming really popular in the UK. You may think that building something for yourself is just a dream, but that’s not true. Working on a self-build can be a lot easier than you think and it can allow you to have autonomy over the style of home. So, let’s take a look at why self-build projects are becoming so popular.

Self-build options are more affordable

Today, particularly for young people, getting on the property ladder is almost impossible. This means that a self-build option is generally a lot cheaper. 

Maybe you can still afford to get onto the property ladder, but you can still opt to build your own home. Not only will you save money, but you can also design and build it exactly how you want. Maybe you’re interested in a particular style of house? Or, perhaps you want a room layout you can’t find elsewhere.

You can build your dream home 

Building and designing your own space can be really daunting. There’s so many options and it’s easy to get bogged down by them. However, this freedom over the big and small details is great and it’s a massive benefit of having control over your project. You can ensure your new home is exactly as you want it, which is perfect if you’re planning to extend your little family. For example, you might want an eco-friendly home or a  Plus, imagine the fulfillment and satisfaction you’ll feel when your project finally comes to life!

You can repair and improve an old, run down house 

A self-build project isn’t just about starting from scratch. It can also include renovating and repairing an old, run down house. Maybe you have recently bought an old property with traditional, charming features but it needs repair work to make it inhabitable. Renovating a home gives you the freedom to choose what features you keep and what features you modernise.

Inspired to Begin Your Own Self-Build Project?

We hope you have found this introduction to self-build projects useful. At U Value we have worked with thousands of clients, project managers and designers on self-build projects. There’s so many things to consider when building your own property, but with proper planning it can be an extremely fulfilling process. We offer a vast range of brands and products to suit every stage of your build making sure your new home is as energy efficient as possible. If you’d like more information, visit: or phone: London: +44 20 3481 1322 or Manchester: +44 151 546 3260.