Costs & finance

Build It's model house
Getting a grip on what your self build project is likely to cost will help you focus your design choices, check builders' quotes and may even save you money, says Chris Bates
triple-glazed bifold doors
Maximise your budget by knowing which elements are worth investing a bit more in. Architect Julian Owen explains how
Self Build Homes & Site Insurance
Before you embark on a self build project, you need to look closely at the issues that could impact on your budget and schedule – and how you can manage them, says Simon Middleton
modern kitchen with island
Chris Bates sets out the consents and certificates you need to get in place before you can start to enjoy your self build home, and reveals how you can ensure the finished house meets your expectations
modern timber clad house
A successful self build relies on running a tight ship with regards to your budget, says Anna-Marie DeSouza. But how should you split your funds and where should you look for finance?
house constructed with oak frame and SIPs
Self builds are zero rated for VAT. Mike Hardwick explains what you'll be able to claim, and how to claim it
self-build plot
The moment you become a landowner, you’re liable for what happens on your plot. Self-Build Zone’s Paul Kempton explains how to protect your new property
Insuring your self build project
If you want to protect your project properly, it’s vital that you ensure it’s insured for the right sum throughout the construction phase, says Simon Middleton
Attached double garage on a self build home
How much will it cost to build a garage and lay a driveway? Price the job with Build It's in-depth guide
Limestone flooring by Mandarin Stone
What will it cost to install a new floor in your home? Tim Doherty prices up the major options, from natural stone to wood and vinyl


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