How to Build a Home on a Garden Plot

Single-storey self build on garden plot
(Image credit: Jeremy Phillips)

Without doubt, the greatest number of single plots, and by definition, those that are of the most interest to potential self builders, are carved from existing properties. These are the garden plots, created by fencing off land at the side or by allowing a driveway to grant access to ‘spare’ land at the rear, or perhaps the front.

Many would-be self builders spend months, and sometimes years, looking for a plot. And yet, for some, a plot is already within their ownership in the form of the garden that has become too large for their requirements. Building a new home in the garden is, therefore, a terrific way to obtain a plot. But there are considerations and potential pitfalls that do need to be taken into account.

David Snell

David is one of the UK's leading self build and plotfinding experts, and a serial self builder who has been building homes for 50 years. The author of Building Your Own Home, David spent decades as a speaker and expert at self build exhibitions such as the Homebuilding & Renovating Show. He has recently finished his fourteenth self build project.