The house that Jack built – a self-build case study

Embarking on a self-build project can be a huge challenge but extremely rewarding when you end up with a truly unique home.

We talk to self-builder, Jack Wiltshire, to see what he had to say about his recent development.

Jack had initially started out like most home buyers, scanning the property market for the right home. Unfortunately after 2 years of looking he still couldn’t find anything he wanted to buy so decided that in order to get his dream home he would have to build it from scratch.

“I wanted something completely individual and completely me and the only way I was going to achieve that was to build my own house.”

Jack has a background of building but mainly worked on larger commercial builds. After 5 years of doing this he felt the need for change and decided to start his own self-build project.

According to Jack, the toughest part of any self-build project is finding the perfect place to build your dream home. Once you’ve managed to find the right plot in the right location the next step is to get your warranty in place.

“There’s a lot to take on when you start a self-build and it’s just helping you across the way and giving you some really basic direction. For me it’s all about the practical knowledge and the respect which my surveyor and myself have for each other.”

Although it can be difficult Jack believes there is nothing more rewarding than a self-build so if you are looking to get started on your own self-build project make sure you check out our top tips.

Please Note: Every care was taken to ensure the information in this article was correct at the time of publication. Any written guidance provided does not replace the reader’s professional judgement and any construction project should comply with the relevant Building Regulations or applicable technical standards. However, for the most up to date LABC Warranty technical guidance please refer to your Risk Management Surveyor and the latest version of the LABC Warranty technical manual.

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