In terms of the end product of their Self Build project, each self builder has their own set of expectations and goals. The process of designing a home is extremely demanding and difficult, as it is a critical stage in bringing your idea to life.

Home design: A step-by-step guide to designing your dream home’ is the title of this series. It’s based on a discussion Allan Corfield gave at the 2018 Homebuilding & Renovating Shows for Homebuilding & Renovating Magazine. The series will walk you through the three primary steps of transforming an undeveloped plot into a well-organized building site staffed by professionals capable of constructing your dream home.

Before you begin writing your project brief, ask yourself one simple question: “why?” Why do you want to build your own home rather than buying one from a big box store? Every self-builder has a different purpose for doing so. Some of them wish to provide their children with a secure and enjoyable atmosphere. Others may wish to construct a home in order to profit as much as possible.

It’s critical to remember ‘why’ you want to build your own home throughout the process. This will assist you in getting through the most difficult situations. There are going to be a lot of them.

First and first, we must define what a brief is and what it is intended for. The brief lays out all of your project’s essential requirements and must be completed before you begin working with your design team. The brief will assist you in obtaining accurate fee quotes from your design team, and it will be a living document throughout the project’s lifespan.

The fundamental room information and room sizes should be included first in your brief. It’s a good idea to use the measurements from your current rooms if they meet your needs. Your building flow – the layout/structure of the internal rooms – is the second factor to examine.

It is critical to ensure that it will fit into your and your family’s daily routine. For example, if you want an open-plan kitchen and dining area so you can cook while spending time with your family and entertaining friends. Alternatively, a protected outside seating area with a gas fire pit and BBQ, where you can enjoy BBQs with friends and family.

The architectural style is the next thing to add in your Self Build brief. Do you like a traditional or modern home? Is there anything special about the landscape around your house that you’d like to see from your bedroom window? Perhaps you simply want to place the house in a certain location.

The heating plan and the importance of the home’s energy efficiency are also significant aspects of your Self Build brief. Do you wish to create a low-energy house with renewable heating as a focus, or is this not a goal for your Self Build?

One of the most important aspects of the brief is your budget, which is generally kept hidden from everyone except your spouse. The amount of money you can afford to spend on your project has a big impact on the architect’s design, therefore it’s critical to define the budget as precisely as possible.