Just click on the 3D button to see your plan in a 3D overview with our dollhouse view or even explore your plans from a first person … This might be an architect, architectural technologist, an architectural designer or an in-house designer at a package company. Building your own house is a more affordable way to provide a family home Planning Minister Nick Boles told eager self-builders at Grand Designs Live today (6 May 2014). Once you’re finally ready to start on site, you’ll need to know what happens and when, regardless of how physically involved you are in the process. Occasionally they feature vacant plots, but often the plots the auction houses sell will require demolition of current properties. You will also need an architect and a builder (unless you have the skills to complete the job yourself). They will be able to establish what category the ground is and whether it’s fit to build on. This typical self build schedule will give you an idea of what to prepare for and when. Homebuilding & Renovating recommend setting aside 10-15% of your total build budget to cover unexpected costs. Build cost + plot cost + contingency =