For a complete beginner with no skills, other than organising, what is the cheapest form of self-building? Blockwork, timber frame, hay bale, you name it — I’d be interested to know which construction route is the most cost-effective for me?

  • Anonymous 31 Mar 2012 at 11:24 am


  • Jim Murray 23 Jun 2012 at 6:41 pm

    I understand why Jason has said the above, but there is another way. Build out of closed pre insulated panels built in a factory to exacting standards. This will meet a minimum of code of sustainable homes Level 4 +, will be lifetime homes compliant and can be delivered to site, and erected in 2 days on a previously prepared foundation. It will therefor be ready for you to work inside to install electrics, plumbing, kitchens, bathrooms etc…Employ a contractor to render the outside, this should cost no more than £40/m2, The cost for the kit works out at between £140-£160/M2, which in affect enables you to build at £400-500/M2. As an example a 100M2 house will cost £40,000-£50,000 if you do most of the work yourself, the reason for doing it this way is that it should only take months instead of years.

  • Chad Pillar 4 Dec 2012 at 1:17 pm

    As to Jim’s answer above, this looks interesting. Do you have contact details of this company who does these panels?

    I’m looking at a fairly major extension and am looking round for the most cost effective route.


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