A Quick Guide to Building Your Own Home

You may be one of the many out there who have decided to build their own home rather than buy a ready-made house in the more conventional way. The hard work and planning that goes into creating your own home is really worth it in the end, and in this guide we’re going to go through some of the things you need think about if you plan on building a house.

Be Well Prepared

Before you go ahead with anything make sure you have obtained permission to build and investigated all relevant building control approval. Warranties, insurance and all your contracts should be in place before anything starts.


Yes, you may have found one of your own by now, but for those of you still struggling, there are different ways you can go about finding the perfect piece of land. Word of mouth is one good way of finding out about a perfect plot and you can go online where you will find many helpful resources such as this http://www.selfbuildportal.org.uk/, the self-build portal which is brimming with useful advice.


Yes, you’ll need money for your new home and there are different ways you can generate finance, you can take out a loan in the traditional way, or you can take out a self-build mortgage which releases funds at different points during the project, so you have a reasonable cash flow for all that you’ll need.


Make sure the plot is clear and ready to work on for the team. You may have to clear the area and level the plot and set trenches in readiness.


You’ll need to make sure that you have enough money to cover what you’re going to do and for any emergencies. You don’t want to be left with any surprises along the way, so make sure you’ve got money put aside for anything out of the usual that could happen.


If you’ve made a rough drawing of how you’d like your house to be once it’s built, then it’s a good idea to get in touch with an architect who will understand what it is you’re looking for and be amply qualified to give you help and guidance. You may want to place the design of your home into the hands of the architect so he can supervise the build on your behalf.

Planning Permission

It’s important to get in touch with planners early on. You will need to get in touch with planning officials via your local authority, who will normally offer pre application advice for those who are not familiar with the process. Once you understand the ins and outs you can put your planning application in.

House Builders

While we’d be happy if you chose us to help build your dream home, there are certain things to look out for before making a final choice on who’ll be in charge of building your house with you, or on your behalf. You could choose a company that will guide you through it rather than take an active part, while others may prefer to use an architect and a project manager to supervise the build. Some like to supervise the building themselves and are better able to keep an eye on spend.

There’ll be various stages of building a home, these will be creating the foundations of your home, putting the windows, roof and doors in, and finally carpentry and plastering.

Once the building is completed and the interiors done you’ll be able to move into your new home.

JG Joiners & Builders – Professional Builders West Lothian

If you’re looking for builders for your home to either help build, supervise the project or simply give advice, then please get in touch. We’re experienced and fully qualified builders and most of our work is awarded by recommendation, because we’re good at what we do. If you want to get your house built, then get give us a call.