Self-Build blogs – insight and inspiration

Blog - Best Self-Build Blogs

If you’re dreaming about building your own home or considering embarking on your first self-build journey, you’ll be keen to equip yourself with as much knowledge as possible.

At MyPlot, our mission is to help as many people as possible make their self-build dream a reality. We’ve pulled together a list of the best blogs for ideas, inspiration and to help you make the decisions that matter the most. 


Build It

Build It, the self-build magazine, offers a treasure trove of information for every stage of a self-build project, from finding the perfect plot that balances dreams and practicalities, through to government policy, managing budgets and designing a home with impressive eco-credentials. Packed with helpful guides, Build It is definitely one for the subscriber list!


Self-Build Zone

Self-Build Zone provides site insurance and structural warranty products for new builds, renovations, extension and conversion projects. Alongside this, the online blog offers a host of helpful guides and top tips covering big picture issues like finding the right plot, plus issues like plumbing, building contracts and solving issues with underfloor heating. 


A Self-Build House Project Diary

For anyone building their own home, it’s both fascinating and insightful to hear about the challenges and learnings of fellow self-builders. Oliver Cannell’s Project Diary is available online and features his observations, pitfalls and helpful hints retold in detail in the years since his self-build journey began.


Marsh Flatts Farm Self-Build Diary

Another comprehensive blog covering a family’s ambitious self-build project, the Marsh Flatts Farm Diary is broken down into separate stages, from the plot and design brief through to technical articles and even recommended reading.

It offers a fantastic insight into the realities of building your own home but, perhaps most importantly, it perfectly illustrates the reason self-build is a dream for so many; creating a beautiful, unique home that you will enjoy for many years to come.


Porter’s Zero Carbon House in Felsted

For those committed to the eco-credentials of their self-build home, this blog provides useful insight on everything from zero carbon to Passivhaus. While the posts are sporadic, it covers a whole host of issues specific to building a sustainable home.


The House at Mill Orchard

Another excellent resource for self-builders constructing a sustainable home, The House at Mill Orchard recounts the journey in building a Passivhaus, covering everything along the way, from sustainable power through to how to stay sane – a good sense of humour being particularly important!


Scandia-Hus Self-Build Home Blog

Scandia-Hus has been designing and building timber frame homes in the UK for over 40 years. Its self-build home blog offers a step-by-step snapshot of the development of a self-build project, with regular, bitesize updates as the property progresses. A tantalizing glimpse into the self-build journey, it offers insight into considerations both large and small – some unexpected.


Homebuilding & Renovating

Homebuilding & Renovating magazine is beloved of self-builders. Its blog is no exception, offering expert-authored articles on a whole host of issues, from snagging through to steelwork and extensions. For those who are au-fait with the big issues and ready to dig deeper, this is the blog for you.

While this isn’t an exhaustive list, we hope it proves useful as you explore the options for your own self-build home, taking inspiration from completed projects and learning from the issues that others have faced.

Of course, keep an eye on MyPlot’s self-build resources too. They’re all aimed at helping you understand the process of building your own home in as simple and straightforward way as possible – and we’re updating them all the time.