Self Build Routes: DIY

Amazing Low Cost Self Build
Rob and Alithea Dawson bought a 35-acre woodland site for £10,000 and spent seven years in a mobile home trying to get planning on it. They have eventually built themselves a remarkable home in oak on a DIY basis for just £98,500. (Image credit: Simon Denison)

Clearly this is the most hands-on build route — and also the cheapest. But it’s not a task to be taken lightly. You may need to combine the physically demanding tasks of groundworks, bricklaying and roofing with skilled tasks such as plumbing and plastering.

There is, of course, nothing to stop you mixing your own labour with bought-in labour where required; bear in mind that your own lack of experience might mean that you are likely to be slower than those around you and you’ll need to ensure that you’re not holding up the build process.

Lindsey Davis