A shortage of developed residential property in the UK has lead to an increase in people looking at building their own home. However this is not the only reason why more and more people are looking at the self build otion.

Building your own home is not an easy or inexpensive task. When deciding to build your own house it tends not to be just your basic need that gets included in your plans. As you add more and more desired features the price always go up. The desire to build your own home is often faced with funding constraints. It must be recognised that the construction of a house does require substantial funds. Given that, it does not mean that building your dream home will be anymore expensive that buying an existing, similar property. There are many tips and tricks to building a quality home within your budget. Here are a few tips to consider when building your own home for a realistic price:

1. Housing Development Planning
This first and most critical stage is the inital planning. A good and well thought out plan is invaluable. Consider at least funding, location, the size of the building, timescales, contractors required, interim living arrangements etc. This plan will serve as a controlling mechanism for your project. It will help reduce the possibility of irregularities during the process of development. If during the construction of your house things begin to deviate from the plan, you can consider actions to remidate and get things back on track. This will certainly help and reduce the impact on costs.

2. Minimalist Design
Home design with minimalist style is currently a good trend for the development of public housing and the construction of self build homes. This type of design is considered more efficient in the use of building materials whilst still providing a modern and luxurious finish. In keeping with its minimalist design, this type of space-efficient housing design, can greatly reduce the expense of building materials.

3. Determine the Form of the Building
The actual building form affects the difficulty level of development and the specific building materials required. Square or rectangular shapes tend to be more easily built and more cost-effective compared to a triangular house or angular features. Generally when constructing a build, obscure angles and curvatures will leave a lot of under used building materials. In addition, the level of difficulty in building an angled or curved structure requires more skilled design and workmanship so that the risk is also higher on the eventual shape of the building being less than perfect.

4. Research Building Material Prices
Prices of building materials can vary greatly. This is one factor that must be considered thoroughly. Many people can be suprised and get caught out with the expense of the raw materials required for their project.  In order to minimise risk and ensure you have sufficient funds for the building materials required, do the necessary research regarding prices. There is no need to hesitate or even be embarrassed when asking for quotes and comparing prices between different suppliers and builders mechants for cement, sand, bricks, steel etc.