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HOW TO GET VALUE FOR MONEY ON YOUR SELF-BUILD

Whether you’re on an ultra-tight budget or simply want to stay in control of your spending and make the most of your hardearned cash, Mike Hardwick’s tips will help you keep your project on track
This home by Border Oak (borderoak.com) features a hybrid construction of oak and softwood framing, taking advantage of the natural abilities of both. The 162m2 project was completed for £230,000 (£1,420 per m2)

Understanding the reality of what it costs to build your own home is vital if you’re to enjoy a successful project. For a few lucky people, money is not much of an obstacle and they can indulge their every whim on spectacular design, top-quality materials and every technological innovation under the sun. I don’t meet too many of them, though.

Setting a budget and sticking to it is essential if you’re to achieve the house you want at a price you can afford. In truth, most aspiring self-builders I speak to have limited funds – and they’re likely to be asking a lot of the cash they do have. Sometimes too much, in fact. Here are a few of the steps you can take to keep your spending on track.

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The September edition of Build It magazine will help you get your self-build, renovation or extension project off on the right foot. It’s packed with inspiration and advice, including: • Britain's best self-builds and renovations (page 19) • A contemporary, low-maintenance home (page 30) • Prefab homes: The future of self-build? (page 70) • Why underfloor heating makes sense for renovations (page 73) • How to create the perfect kitchen-diner extension (page 94) • How to get value for money (page 106) … and more!