Shropshire Council

Self-build and custom-build

Self builds

Self builds are projects where the person directly organises the design and construction of their new home themselves. This can cover a wide range of projects, from a traditional 'DIY self build' home, where the builder selects the design they want and then does much of the actual construction work themselves, to projects where the builder arranges for an architect/contractor to build their home for them; and those projects that are delivered by kit home companies (where the builder still has to find the plot, arrange for the slab to be installed and then has to organise the kit home company to build the property for them).

Custom builds

Custom build housing, including self build, is housing built by individuals or groups of individuals for their own use, either by building the home on their own or working with builders.

Custom build homes are often cheaper, greener, more affordable and more innovatively designed than standard market housing.

For too long custom build homes have been seen as an option only for a privileged few. The government is committed to increasing housing supply and helping more people achieve their aspirations of owning a home.

Custom build homes tend to be those built with a specialist developer and they can include anything from securing or providing a site, through to managing the construction work and even arranging the finance. Developers may make some plots available for self build which are serviced and will be finished by the developer to the owners specification.

More information is available via the self-build portal, a government endorsed self-build website.

You may also find the National Custom and Self-build Association website useful.

We'll be providing some sites for self-build housing, with the first being at London Road, Shrewsbury.