7 Steps Needed For DIY Homebuilding


If you are looking for your dream house on the lake you will want one that comes with a dock. If you find your perfect property which does not have one, you need to take into consideration the price to build one. Doing the work yourself when building your home can save you a fortune, and with the money saved you can afford a new dock for your lake property. Below we go through the steps that you need to take if you are interested in DIY Homebuilding.

1. Find Your Perfect Building Plot

The first and hardest part of DIY Homebuilding is finding the perfect plot to build your dream home on. Carrying this work out on your own can be hard work plus there are lots of plots available that are off-market that only real estate agents can get access to. If you know the site that you want, it may be worthwhile asking the locals if they know of any in the area, it will save you money on fees. There are also countless sites available which you can search to try to find the land that meets your requirements.

2. DIY Homebuilding Finance

If you are extremely lucky and have managed to be a savvy saver or have parents willing to help you out, you may not need financing. For most, they will need to secure project funding and have the funds available for once the building work commences.

There are many mortgages designed specifically for DIY home building and your best bet is to talk to your own bank along with a finance broker. Most financial arrangements work on a stage payment premise which means funding is released once certain work is carried out.

3. Set A Budget & Stick To It

You need to get fixed price quotes from all the people who you need to hire along with the building materials etc. Once you have come to a figure and it is one that you can afford, you need to make certain that you stay within it. Make sure to add-on 10% as a contingency plan if you meet any problems.

4. Find An Architect

Choosing the best Architect will help your dreams become a reality. It needs to be a professional who understands DIY homebuilding and can help you with any problems you meet. There are however many different styles of pre engineered houses available on the market.

5. Planning Permission

Once you have found a plot of land you will need to speak with the planning office about your plans to build on it. They will be able to recommend you what you will and won’t be allowed to do. If you do not get planning permission then you may be be forced to knock down the home you have built.

6. Preparing The Plot

Before you start the DIY home building process you will need to make sure the site is ready for building work to begin. That means clearing the groundwork from everything along with leveling out the plot if needed. Once you have set the trenches up accurately then you can start with the foundations and drainage.

7. Start Building

You are now ready to start the building work starting with the structural shell. Depending on if you are using brick, wood or a steel frame to build your home will alter the time taken to fully construct your home. Choose the one that best suits your timescale, budget, and design. Within no time your will have built your new home that your family for generations can enjoy.