Self-build refers to the process of purchasing a plot in order to design and construct a building or structure to live in yourself, rather than purchasing a house. This covers a wide range of activities from managing, designing and building the whole house oneself to simply ordering an off-the-shelf package.
Apart from finding a plot, major house renovation, conversion and large extensions raise many of the same issues as self build.
Self building can be a challenging but rewarding process, as it allows you to have complete control over the design and construction of their home. It can also be a cost-effective option, as you are able to source materials and labour directly, rather than paying the markup that a contractor would charge.
However, self building requires a significant amount of time and effort as well as a good understanding of construction techniques and regulations. It is important for individuals considering a self build to thoroughly research and plan their project, and to seek guidance from professionals as needed.