Last edited 09 Nov 2020

Self-build home: Justify the project

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Justifying the project is the first, and perhaps the most important stage. It involves assessing whether the project is worth pursuing and whether it is likely to be deliverable. Because of the importance of these issues, it can be beneficial to seek expert advice, perhaps from a surveyor or an architect with experience of self-build homes.

Prepare a statement of need

A ‘statement of need’ is a first attempt to set down on paper the requirements that could justify the project. It should also list alternative solutions, such as; purchasing a completed building, extending or refurbishing an existing building, doing nothing and so on.

Assess the viability of the project

It is then necessary to explore the options set out in the statement of need in more detail. This might include assessment of:

The project should only proceed to the next stage if this assessment suggests the project is viable, desirable, achievable and affordable.

Next stage: Prepare a brief.

List of all stages.

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