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A Typical Self Build Schedule

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 our suggestion 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


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

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.


Hi Lindsey,

That would be ideal. Will look out for it.

Kind regards,

David Wells

Hi David,

If you can't wait we have a magazine subscription offer on at the moment for 25% off.

Includes free tickets to all of our shows too where all of our lovely experts are on hand with advice.



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


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

............. understood. Many thanks.


No problem David.

Good luck with your project.

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

Hi Jitin,

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