An interesting article on the BBC Website:
The government wants to double the number of people building their own homes. But is it wise to encourage the population to take up DIY housebuilding?
Housing Minister Grant Shapps will later this week launch an action plan to double the number of self-build homes within a decade.
…. the truth is that most self builders hire an architect and do a bit of decorating themselves.”
But overall, self-build saves money, supporters argue. The average new build home costs £189,940 compared to a self-build cost of £84,000 if you do the work yourself or £146,000 if you employ tradesmen to do it for you.