A BACK UP PLAN
AS with any big building project, it’s important to have a sizeable contingency fund in case anything goes wrong with your finances or the build.
Self-builders can claim back the VAT on building materials and services, so building a home has financial advantages.
The building materials and methods you choose will have a big impact on the cost of the project, although there are, of course, practical and aesthetic considerations as well as financial ones.
USING WOOD SAVE YOU MONEY?
TIMBER frame houses are popular with self-builders because they can be erected quickly. Wood is also natural, environmentally friendly and visually appealing. And it’s more durable than you might think – softwood frames can last around 200 years.
Frames made of softwood, such as Douglas fir, are cheaper than those made of hardwood, such as oak, but oak is commonly used and can be expensive.
Another disadvantage is that a timber frame can restrict the design of the house, as the structure has its limitations.