Self build homes


Research shows that more than half the population would like to build their own home at some stage in their lives. It is a large undertaking that requires time and dedication but will result in a home that is perfectly suited to you and your lifestyle. 

The benefits of building your own home:

  • Choice of location
  • You decide on the layout of the house
  • You specify the design and build style of the house

There are two main types of single self-build home; a custom made home, fully designed by you or a ‘kit home’ which is where packages of materials are supplied for a specific house size for you to build and finish.

In addition to this you can choose how involved you wish to be in the build. You can work with an architect to design and plan your home, hire tradespeople to construct the house and add services and even decorators to finish the house. Alternatively, you can have the shell constructed leaving you to do the rest.

Project Planning 

There are many points to consider through the project planning and build phases, such as:

  • Finding land to build on    
  • Financing
  • Finding a trade professional
  • Sustainable homes

A website providing a wealth of information on all aspects of self-build is available, the site is the result of a joint initiative between government and the custom build housing industry. It provides encouragement and impartial advice to people who want to build their own home to suit their family’s needs. It forms part of the government’s Housing Strategy to bring about a custom build housing revolution.

The site includes an interactive guide to self build, where you can key in details of your own situation (your budget, the location and the size of house) and the guide will automatically calculate whether it’s feasible. If not you can adjust preferences until you can generate a realistic result and start your project.

The site also has practical information about the different types of construction methods you can use, developer projects and the legalities of building your own home.

Go to the Self Build Portal