The Housebuilders Bible has an example 8 month time schedule.

Typical Self-Build Schedule

Taken from

This are items post plot and finance aquisition:

  • Choose designer and builders
  • Create your design
  • Get planning permission
  • Apply for water and electricity
  • Prepare detailed drawings
  • Obtain Building Regulations approval
  • Put contract out to tender
  • Select builder/tradesmen
  • Arrange warranty and insurances
  • Clear site/create access
  • Set out and dig trenches
  • Pour concrete/prepare oversite
  • Build structure/timber frame erecting scaffold as required
  • Build roof structure and tile
  • Make weathertight
  • Fix rainwater goods/external decoration, remove scaffold
  • First fix carpentry, plumbing and electrics
  • Plaster out walls and ceilings
  • Lay hard floor finishes
  • Connect house to mains services
  • Second fix carpentry, plumbing and electrics
  • Decoration and ceramic tiling
  • Landscaping, driveway, paths etc
  • Arrange for final inspection
  • Completion/moving in
  • Correcting any defects
Project planners are at for blockwork and timber frame projects:

Typical Self Build Schedule


Weeks One To Three
Site-clearance, trench excavation & pour foundations.

Weeks Four To Five
Drainage installation.

Week Six To 11
External walls to wall plate level (for timber construction, this phase would be one and two weeks).

Weeks 12 To 13
Roof construction, felt and roof membrane.

Weeks 14 To 16
External: Roof covering & gutters, installation of windows and doors. Internal: First fix electrics, plumbing & heating.

Weeks 16 To 18
External: Rendering (if applicable), gable brickwork & completion of chimney(s). Internal: Insulation & flooring.

Weeks 19 To 20
External: Complete external decoration and remove scaffold. Internal: plastering or dry lining.

Weeks 21 To 24
Second fix plumbing, heating & electrics, carpentry, decoration & tiling.

Weeks 25 To 26
Floor finishes, external landscaping and snagging.

Weeks 27 To 28
Connection of services & testing, completion and handover.