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.
The building regulations can be more than a little confusing to navigate. Our simple, updated, guide for 2024 explains everything you need to know, including what any changes could mean for you
Our guide explains all about drainage costs, including how much installation is likely to add up too as well as what to expect to pay for materials and how to make savings
In this guide we look at how much a new roof costs to construct, breaking down the likely figures for building the roof structure. We also give some expert tips on which type of roof will be best for your project and how to cut build costs
Understanding the process of building a house step by step will help you keep track of the schedule as your project progresses. Here we explain what to expect at each stage of the build
David Snell helps you predict the budget for the most unpredictable element of the construction process
How to pay a builder may not be obvious from the outset of your project, but there's some key ways to avoid getting burnt when it comes to builders and money
Striking up the right rapport with your builder is one of the most important parts of any self build. Our self build expert offers his relationship advice for a successful partnership
Self build insurance ensures you, your contractors and your home are all protected in case the worst happens during your build. Here's what you need to know
Finding a good plasterer can be tough at the best of times, but right now it might seem impossible. Improve your chances with these tips for identifying a quality tradesperson
Renovation insurance should be seriously considered, especially as works may not be covered by, or even invalidate, your existing home insurance policy
Explore the types of self build plots available and discover how you might be able to find a gem if you look beyond the obvious
Need to find the right local electrician for the job? Experienced self builder David Snell details how to avoid any nasty shocks
Planning Hub Don’t overlook the attached planning conditions in the euphoria of gaining planning approval. Failure to discharge conditions can invalidate the permission for your build — ignore them at your peril!
Painters and decorators are crucial to the flawless finish of your project, but are easily overlooked. Here's how to avoid falling into that pitfall
Looking for a good bricklayer? Follow these handy tips to ensure the relationship between you and your bricklayer avoids cracking under pressure
Need to find a roofer who won't leave your project in the gutter? Experienced self-builder David Snell reveals how to go about
Finding the right local carpenter for your project can take time. Seasoned self-builder David Snell explains how to find the right person to join your team and avoid lumbering yourself with any dead wood
Plumbers are one of the most vital trades in any build — and needed almost from day one. David Snell explains how to find the best plumber for your project
Many self-builders are unaware that their plot comes with restrictive covenants that limit what or even whether they can build on the land. David Snell explains what to look out for.
Trying to choose between timber frame, masonry and SIPs? Comparing the costs of different structural walling systems can be tricky — but it’s well worth delving into the figures and finding ways to balance costs with quality
Groundworkers play an important role in a building project. Experienced self -builder David Snell shares his tips on finding and building a solid relationship with your groundworker
David Snell reveals the best ways to ensure you end up spending what you had originally intended on your project
Don’t buy a plot without first establishing that it has workable, lawful access. David Snell explains the implications of visibility splays