Self-build houses

Self Build Houses

People often dream of building their own home or building an extension to their home and often turn to companies providing a self-build kit home.

In the UK there are several companies offering a variety of self-build houses from traditional styles to modern futuristic designs.

Don't detay call our surveyors todayAdvantages of self-build homes

  1. You don’t have to rely on a developer to make the decision you can make the key decisions yourself.
  2. When you later decide to sell your self built home most self builders make a good profit
  3. A self-build home can be built to a good quality on a reasonably small budget.
  4. VAT savings can be gained with a self-build home.
  5. Swift build programme – dependent on style the construction element can be achieved in 15 to 20 weeks generally after Planning Permission and Building Regulations Approval.
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Some examples of Self Build Companies are:-

Potton Self Build Homes

Potton’s is a family business established in 1964 and later acquired in 2006 by the Kingspan Group.  Potton’s provide beautiful sustainably-sourced timber framed homes tailored to your requirements.  Potton’s designs adhere to local guidelines that will be readily approved and their team of experts is at hand to help with your self-build project.


Portakabin provide portable cabins or modular buildings for a multitude of uses including education buildings, emergency accommodation, healthcare, offices, fitness and dance studies, storage facilities and toilets and changing room facilities (Portaloo).  Due to their quick construction they are an ideal way of providing buildings fast.

Portakabin was established in 1961 by Donald Shepherd who developed the first portable PK16 building.  In 1978 the Queen’s Award for Export Achievement was given to Portakabin. Portakabin has since grown to become a market leader in the manufacturing of portable and modular buildings operating in seven European countries.

Premier Modular Excellence

Premier Modular Excellence provides residential and commercial energy-saving modular buildings.  Premier houses meet the Building Research Establishment (BRE) Green Guide rating of B or above and Sustainable Housing Level 3 or above.  The modular houses are an efficient alternative to traditional build and are a fast way to achieve the home of your dreams.

The Timber Frame Company

The Timber Frame Company in Bedfordshire has been established since the late 1990s providing self-build houses.  Whether you are choosing one of their developed styles or having your new home designed and manufactured specifically for you a timber-frame house is a very quick way to build your dream home.

Useful Organisations

The British Board of Agrement (BBA)

The British Board of Agrement (BBA) provides certification, approval and test services to the construction industries manufacturers of products and systems.  Building control, local authorities, government departments, architects and industry insurers such as the National House Building Council (NHBC) recognise BBA approval.

The National Self Build and Renovation Centre (NSBRC)

The National Self Build and Renovation Centre (NSBRC) in Swindon opened in 2007 providing a permanent self-build and renovation exhibition venue.