When you take on a self build 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 Homebuilding & Renovating’s suggestion for a schedule:

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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
Months 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
Months 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

Download the Homebuilding & Renovating Self Builder’s Checklist

Once you have secured a site, sorted finance and decided on a design, the checklist helps you keep tabs on all the things you need to do before your break ground and once your project is underway.

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