If you fancy building your own home in Greater Manchester, you’ll want to check out our research, pinpointing the region’s self build hotspots.
Manchester came out top for prospective self builders, with the likes of Didsbury, Chorlton, Withington and Levenshulme unsurprisingly drawing interest.
Trafford saw the second highest number of enquiries, while, in third and fourth place, Bolton and Bury are also popular locations for self build novices. Stockport follows in fifth place.
The boroughs with the fewest enquiries about self build plots are Salford and Wigan.
Our Founder, Paul Smith, said “Designing and building the perfect home is a dream for a lot of us – if you’re a bucket list type of person, there’s a good chance it will be on there. The problem is most people see self build as just that – a dream. That needn’t be the case, but it’s an education process.
“Because a lot of people have seen Grand Designs style projects shown on TV – which are usually high end and often very quirky or unusual – that’s what comes to mind. But self build isn’t about huge country pads or eco-homes, it’s about designing and building a home that ticks all your boxes without any compromise. Whether that’s creating a property that offers open-plan living – but within a traditional build – or perhaps a property with an annex for an elderly parent, it allows you to create a home that is designed specifically to meet your needs.
“The cost of self build often deters people – yet it’s actually cheaper than buying a new home. There’s an assumption that self build is something that only wealthy people do, which has to be challenged – in Austria, Italy and Sweden as much as 80% of homes are self built. On average, self build works out around 30% cheaper.”
Homes in popular areas like Didsbury, Chorlton, Heaton Chapel, Cheadle and Bramhall have seen a phenomenal increase in house prices – while the cost of land will be more expensive, self-build may offer opportunity to live in an area that you would otherwise be priced out of.
Could it be time to make your self build dream a reality?