We believe custom and self-build achieves higher quality and more sustainable homes.

By choosing to specialise in custom and self-build projects we have set out to create a way for people to influence the design of their own homes.

The process represents better value for money for homeowners and they can create a home which better suits their needs. It also offers the potential for landowners to generate better outcomes.

Custom and self-build is an alternative to the traditional development model in the UK where houses are built speculatively by a developer and then, hopefully, people buy them and move in. Custom and self-build developments are demand-led meaning homes won’t be built that aren’t needed or don’t suit local demand.

As a custom and self-builder it does not mean you have to manage the whole process and undertake construction yourself (although you can), just that you play a meaningful part in the design and build — whether by configuring certain aspects of the design, purchasing a watertight shell or kit-home, or employing your own design and build contractor.

The process of co-designing your home is also the process of forming new local relationships — enhancing satisfaction, a sense of belonging, community and identity. It’s also an opportunity to revolutionise housing choice, and to create distinctive and popular places through the choices which people make.

What’s in it for me as a landowner?

Developing your land for custom and self-build offers the potential to generate greater financial returns than if the site was sold in one go to a developer.

However, the process is about building communities, not just profits. As a landowner who cares about their local community, you are able to influence the design process and help create an inspiring new place with a real sense of identity with the creation of a design code. A design code is used for custom and self-build housing, ensuring the look and feel of the community is not compromised and the it reflects the aspirations of all stakeholders.

Did you know?

There is a housing crisis because not enough homes are being built and through Government policy, custom and self-build housing is being actively encouraged via the Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Act 2015. In fact, every local authority must legally hold a self-build register

The registers are paired with a duty for the council to supply sufficient serviced plots for the people on their registers

53% of people surveyed state they are interested in custom and self-build homes

The custom and self-build market in the UK is constantly growing. 10% of UK houses are built this way, up from 5% just 3 years ago (compared to 80% in Austria and 50% in Germany)

There is a shortage of plots UK-wide – making your land in great demand for development

In the UK, only about ten property developers build 50% of new homes in areas they determine – driving many landowners and small builders out of the planning process

Profit is maximised for all parties with self and custom build, as it’s shared between the landowner and homeowner, cutting out the middleman (the housing developer).

We’re helping boost the custom and self-build sector as a member of NaCSBA,
the National Custom and Self Build Association.