There’s no denying that building your own home is a gargantuan task. However, with the right planning, it doesn’t have to be as complicated as you think. Here are some surprising benefits if you decide to take the plunge.

You Can Customize it to Your Life and Tastes

The most obvious reason why you’d want to to build your own house, is that the finished result will be personalized to you. It will have the exact layout you’re after, the right proportions and any extras that make sense to your life. It will be much easier to customize your home when you’re starting from scratch, as opposed to renovating an existing property. There will be no need to endure the expense of things like moving beams and joists. There will be no discovering any nasty surprises such as asbestos or pests. These are often uncovered when renovating a house that’s already been built, and can throw the budget way off course. Whether you want floor to ceiling windows in the kitchen, an open fireplace in the lounge or balconies upstairs- it’s often much easier to plan and build these things from scratch than try and adapt an existing house. You can find house plans from places like Or if you have a particular vision in mind, you could hire a professional to draw it up and work out the logistics.

It’s Cheaper Than Buying

As we’ve discussed, renovating can throw up significant and expensive problems. This could mean that even if you get a house at a bargain price, you still have to pay over the odds to put things right. When you’re building from scratch, you’re able to plan your budget much more efficiently, as your workmen are not having to re-do or remove anything. Instead, they can start straight away on the task at hand. Building a house is cheaper than buying something ready made since finished homes will always be marked up. So on top of all of the other advantages, it will work out cheaper too.

You Can Make It More Energy Efficient

A home that’s energy efficient will not only help you to reduce your carbon footprint, but it will also save you money on your bills too. Plus it will add value to your home, so if you do ever choose to sell in the future, you will get a better return. By building your own house, you get to control all of the variables and can do it in a way which makes it as energy efficient as possible. This includes things like loft and cavity wall insulation, the windows, doors and the heating system you choose. You could have solar panels fitted, and choose materials such as ‘cool roofs.’ These use a reflective material to keep homes cooler in the summer, so you save money on air conditioning. There’s a huge range of ways you can make your home more energy efficient when you’re building it from scratch