Possible Problems – Extention/Remodel


Self-building is a complicated process, so avoid these dangers and make your project a success

Don’t be

Inflexible – nothing in the building process is rigid. You are likely to face obstacles during the project, but if you’re open minded solutions will be easier to achieve.

Disorganized – lack of coordination will result in mistakes being made that will leave you out of pocket and waste time.

Stubborn – nobody knows everything about designing and building, so remember that first hand experience is invaluable.

Frivolous – work out your budget and try to stick to it as closely as possible and be conscious of the fact that your finances aren’t infinite.

Impractical – if you have a family it’s wise to arrange temporary accommodation if the house isn’t habitable. Living on site can seriously disrupt family life and slow up the build.

Unrealistic – although this is a great opportunity to realise your dream home, remember you are building in reality.

Naïve – write clear briefs for your contractors and draw up contracts to avoid exploitation.

Useful Tools

firsttime tradefinder mortgagecalc

Digital Magazine

July - August issue 2017


request your free copy

Latest Press Releases

Latest Products, Services and Tradesmen from our Trade Finder

Expert videos

expert video2 2

Build Archive


Plots Without Planning Consent

As a general rule there’s no use buying a plot of land without planning...

Phantom Screens: Our Best...

Here at Phantom Screens we’re very proud of the premium quality of our door and...

Self Build Zone: Insurance

Is your home covered? The right type of insurance is critical for your peace of...

10 years of Kloeber

Kloeber UK Ltd, recognised market leader in folding sliding doors and bespoke...

An Oxfordshire barn conversion

When David McLaren started hunting for a new home in rural Oxfordshire, he had a...

Balconette launches unique...

New – Frameless Juliet Balconies from Balconette Now there is nothing to obscure...

Free guide explains benefits of...

Procter Cast Stone has published ‘The Self-Builder's Guide to Cast Stone’ to give...

A modern French home

Vicky Thornton's decidedly modern home was designed to blend perfectly with its...

An architecturally inspiring...

Lewisham isn’t often associated with architecturally inspiring properties –...

A riverside renovation

When Anna and Clive Wolman started looking for a new house, they weren’t hunting...

Sign up to our newsletter

newsletter signup

If you would like to receive regular updates from
The Selfbuilder, please enter your email above.

request your free copy6