When you take on a self build or renovation, organisation is everything. A lot goes on before the build which can take a matter of weeks or months, depending on your situation. Here’s H&R’s suggestions for a schedule:

  • Arrange a mortgage in principle
  • Find potential plots
  • Assess development potential
  • Plan budget
  • Arrange valuation of the plot
  • Arrange a site survey
  • Purchase site
  • Arrange site insurance
  • Choose designer and builders
  • Create your design
  • Get planning permission
  • Apply for water and electricity
  • Prepare detailed drawings
  • Obtain Building Regulations approval
  • Put contract out to tender
  • Select builder/tradesmen
  • Arrange warranty and insurances

The Build

Month One

clear and peg site

1. Clear and Peg Site
Create access then get surveys to work out levels. Peg out site as per drawings

dig trenches and lay foundations

2. Foundations
Dig trenches and begin to build up the blockwork footings

building the floor structure

3. Floor Structure
Finish footings and install ground floor slab, or beam and block

Month Two

building the superstructure of a home with scaffold in place

4. Superstructure
Blocks or frame used to build external walls to first floor height

Month Three

second lift where the first floor are built

5. Second Lift
First floor structure installed, external walls continue to roof

putting the roof on a house in rainy weather

6. Roof
Walls finished, roof structure installed and covered with slate or tiles

Month Four

making a house weathertight with windows, finished roof and scaffold

7. Weathertight
Windows, doors and soffits fitted to make house weathertight. Rainwater goods and external decoration finished

Month Five

fitting the plumbing or the first fix stage in a home

8. First Fix
Electrical and plumbing runs put in place, then internal walls and stud walls built

Month Six–Eight

a freshly plastered room drying out

9. Plastering
Usually a skim coat on top of plasterboard after completion of first fix

second fix and the underfloor heating being installed

10. Second Fix
Connecting up the electrics (to include sockets) and heating systems

Month Nine–Ten

exposed brick feature wall to hold fireplace and fixtures installed

11. Fixtures
Flooring down, joinery completed and kitchens and bathrooms installed. Decoration and tiling

a completed clockwork build in Worcestershire

12. Snagging
Arrange for final inspection and prepare to move in. Builders back to deal with any issues, final exterior finishes and landscaping

Comments Articles like this
  • Jackie Edwards 15 Sep 2011 at 3:06 pm

    Can anyone advise re potential purchase/build cost for a 3 bedroom kit house….I’m just looking for a ball-park figure….thanks!

  • Samuel Joy 16 Sep 2011 at 8:40 am

    Hi Jackie,

    I’m afraid it really is impossible to give you a ball-park figure as the prices between the package companies range so substantially. Below are three articles that I think will be able to give you an idea of the sort of costs involved as well as some general advice on package homes




    Kind regards,
    Sam Joy (Online Editor)

  • David Wells 04 Jul 2014 at 8:20 am

    Very useful outline, but will need to find more detailed timetable/schedule to manage project.
    David wells

  • Lindsey Davis 04 Jul 2014 at 8:38 am

    Hi David,

    We give a free wall chart style project planner to our subscribers, but I’m afraid we don’t have one online at the moment. It is something we are planning to create in downloadable form in the near future.


  • David Wells 04 Jul 2014 at 8:44 am

    Hi Lindsey,

    That would be ideal. Will look out for it.

    Kind regards,

    David Wells

  • Lindsey Davis 04 Jul 2014 at 8:52 am

    <p>Hi David,</p>
    <p>If you can't wait we have a <a href="http://www.homebuilding.co.uk/magazine/subscribe&quot; target="_blank">magazine subscription offer</a> on at the moment for 25% off.</p>
    <p>Includes free tickets to all of our shows too where all of our lovely experts are on hand with advice.</p>

  • David Wells 04 Jul 2014 at 9:10 am


    I will subscribe, but the mag doesn’t replace the wall chart you mentioned does it?


  • Lindsey Davis 04 Jul 2014 at 9:12 am

    No, you get a free copy of it with your subscription though.

  • David Wells 04 Jul 2014 at 9:16 am

    …………. understood. Many thanks.


  • Lindsey Davis 04 Jul 2014 at 9:21 am

    No problem David.

    Good luck with your project.

  • Jitin Mitra 18 Mar 2015 at 9:29 am

    Hi Lindsey,
    Any chance you have uploaded the chart planner since your last post?

  • Lindsey Davis 18 Mar 2015 at 9:34 am

    Hi Jitin,

    No. It is an offer for subscribers so we do not have it online for free I am afraid.


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