Routes to building your own home

Self Build

You manage the design and construction process and undertake a fair proportion of the actual building work too.
You manage the design process, select a contractor and then they take care of the construction work.
You select your preferred kit home. You may have to organise the foundations; the kit home company then erects the house.
You work with others to acquire a site to split up into plots, then organise the design and construction of your own home.
A social landlord or the Community Self Build Agency helps you build a group of homes together.

Custom Build

A developer with a site and a design you like takes care of everything; to save costs, you could finish it yourself.
A developer organises a group and builds the homes; often, to save costs, the self builders finish them off.

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Case studies

Merlin Haven

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Timber Frame Home, Ventnor

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Aldcliffe Yard, Lancaster

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Walthamstow Social Rent Scheme

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Prefabricated Passivhaus bungalow

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Cookham Dean, Berkshire

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Harvest House

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Bickleigh Eco Village, Devon

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Stoke-on-Trent Serviced Building Plots

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Forevergreen House

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Housing People Building Communities

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Sülzer Freunde, Cologne

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Berlin - 'Building Groups'

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Manor Farm, Kirton

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Straw-baling, Perthshire

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Low-cost Irish House

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Community Eco-homes, Devon

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Lancaster Cohousing

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Cropthorne

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Findhorn

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Almere, Holland

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