Deciding to design and build your own home is definitely a big move, and although there are obviously many more risks involved than you’ll encounter when buying through traditional means, the benefits are numerous. Not only will you be able to construct a truly green house that works with nature instead of against it, but you’ll also have the opportunity to save a considerable amount of money if you’re savvy enough to source quality used materials. This is obviously a huge advantage and will undoubtedly result in you having more money to spend on the finer things in life. Also, with this significant saving, you’ll probably manage to build a much larger property than you could ever wish to purchase on the UK market.
Anyway, you’ve come here to learn about some “green” or “eco” ideas, right? Well, luckily for you, I’ve spent the last couple of years working with people all around the country, helping them to realise their goals and build their dream homes. All you need to do is find some suitable land for sale, negotiate a killer deal, and you’re ready to start designing your property. Here are some things you may wish to consider including…
Sourcing Used or Recycled Materials
Depending on the style of home you wish to build, it could be a good idea to get in touch with some local builders merchants and ask them how they can help out. I’m not suggesting you should purchase any new items from them, but they may be in possession of some used items like railway sleepers which can be used to create flooring or maybe even as joists for the walls of the property.
Purchasing Solar Panels
There are currently many different government schemes running at the moment that allow you to install solar panels and earn money from the electricity you create. On average, most people who do this create enough electricity to power their own home and also sell the same amount back to the UK grid. This means you stand to earn a few hundred pounds per year, so the panels will pay for themselves in no time at all.
Dealing With Water Conservation
Let’s face it, it tends to rain pretty often in the UK, so it would be silly to let all that water go to waste whilst paying for more, right? Well then, picking up some old oil drums and ensuring you’ve installed suitable guttering could be ideal. Simply arrange the guttering so that all water caught can be directed into the drums. Sure, you’re not going to want to take a bath in it or drink it, but it’s ideal for watering your garden, and at the end of your day, all you need is a purifier to clean the water anyway.
Now you’ve read through my advice, I hope you’ll be less hesitant to plough ahead with your eco home idea. You’ll definitely have a lot more to think about when things get moving, but the info above should be enough to get you started.
Good luck with the build, see you soon!