Welcome to The Self Build Self Help Site, which is a one-stop shop of information for self builders - whether you are contemplating the build of a complete house or undertaking a home improvement, an extension, renovation or modification.
There are many sites dedicated to the technical aspects of house building and DIY, and this site provides a good fit with these sites. Our main aim is to provide information on the project management aspects of housebuilding for the non-professional, which it does by way of the links to Top 10 Tips and Hints & Tips. These tips have stood the authors in good stead during their building career and, hopefully, will make a positive difference to your building projects.
But the most important advice that we can give is that, if you are just thinking of a self-build and haven't made up your mind, then grasp the nettle and do it. You will find it one of the most fulfilling things you can do in this life. Yes, there will be many problems along the way, you may have to re-work things and at times it will seem as if everything is conspiring against you. Budgets and timescales may be exceeded, others may let you down. Some things will be beyond your control, others will be a result of your own cock-ups (you won't complete a project the size of building a house without making some mistakes). How good you are at self building is often a matter of, not how you manage successfully, but how you plan and manage to overcome the inevitable mistakes. Whoa, we've drawn a bit of a gloomy picture here but, we reiterate, in the main it will be an enjoyable experience and the end result should be rewarding and money saving to boot.
If you are considering a selfbuild, or major renovation etc. we hope that you find this site useful and informative. If you are not then, at the least, have a look at the beautiful sunsets in The Build Process pages and its Picture Gallery. These pages are a good starting point if you need to know how to build a house.