Self Build Nightmares: 8 Scary Scenarios and How to Avoid Them

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After the past few years, you'd think there's not much that could strike fear in the hearts of a self builder. Managing a self build during a global pandemic, as well as dealing with the fallout of construction material shortages and a lack of skilled tradespeople, should be about as bad as things could ever get. 

However, each build has the potential to lead to some scary situations (largely, for your budget) — the sort of things that are sure to keep you up at night. 

Hugh Metcalf

Hugh is editor of sister title and former digital editor of He has worked on a range of home, design and property magazines, including Grand Designs, Essential Kitchens, Bathrooms, Bedrooms and Good Homes. Hugh has developed a passion for modern architecture and green homes, and moonlights as an interior designer, having designed and managed projects ranging from single rooms to whole house renovations and large extensions. He's currently renovating his own Victorian terrace in Essex, DIYing as much of the work as possible. He's recently finished his kitchen renovation, which involved knocking through walls, and landscaping a courtyard garden, and is currently working on a bathroom renovation.