Demystify building your dream home with Self-Build, 2nd Edition, the new jargon-free guide from RIBA Books

To help budding self-builders fully realise their dreams of a bespoke home, Self-Build, 2nd Edition, following to the hugely successful Self-Build: How to Design and Build Your Own Home, published in 2004, has now been released from RIBA Books. 

The latest in a line of similarly practical and inspiring books from author-architect Julian Owen, this latest update reflects the evolution the self-build market has undergone and offers thoughtful insight in the form of a friendly, easy-to-understand guide that encourages potential self-builders to realise their dreams. 

While self-building a home is becoming increasingly popular of late, it was identified in the recently published Review of Custom and Self-Build by Richard Bacon MP, as still being very much a ‘missing market’. With potential to deliver between 30,000 and 40,000 self-built homes a year, this market could help provide the extra homes that government needs to help it reach its target of building 300,000 homes a year.

Julian commented: “This book is the essential companion for aspiring self-builders and anyone about to begin their project. It distils all the practical information needed to build a dream home and is accompanied by some inspirational images of well-designed buildings. Readers will be able to reduce the risk of problems arising as this step-by-step guide highlights potential pitfalls and explains how to avoid them.”

Packed with hints, tips and watch-points, the book includes over 230 colour photos, diagrams and plans to aid understanding and encourage self-builders to make the best start they can. Beautifully illustrated with case studies, this book provides all the inspiration and ideas needed to bring a project to life.

It features the work of well-known architectural practices including Baca Architects, Barefoot Architects, Satish Jassal Architects and of course, the author’s practices own work, Juribalian Owen Associates Architects, and many more. 

Importantly, it also gives examples of costs and timescales, aiming to demystify the process of budgeting, gaining planning permission, the building site and all of the surrounding issues to do with sustainability, planning, regulations, procurement and the use of building contracts.

Essential for any new self-builder and an encouraging guide for those more seasoned, it is also important reading for architecture students, architects working in the residential sector, builders and surveyors.

Self-Build, 2nd Edition is available now from RIBA Books