Welcome to the Building Stages section of Irish Association of Self Builders. Ireland’s largest construction web site where you can find information on self building and house construction including the latest innovations, products and services available to you for your self build project.
There are a few important things that you should do before you start your building process:
Do your homework and cover any objections or problems that might arise during the build. Always have a back up plan incase you need it.
Get everything in order and do a timetable, but be reasonable as things do not always go as planned, specially the weather.
Make sure that you have taken all the proper precautions as far as Insurance and health & safety.
It is very important that you have a written contract with all your contractors, detailing what is required and the quality of the materials that is to be used.
When you do your budget, add an extra 20% to cover unforeseen circumstances.
Stay calm and do not panic if things do not go as planned, there is always a solution, you just have to find it by looking at your options.
Get involve as much as you can, even if it is just overlooking the project from time to time. It is always a pleasure to see a building and project progress.
Water is one of the most important things that you have to deal with as a self builder. You have to find out what options are available to you and at what costs.
You need to find out what the conditions are on your planning permission and make sure that they are complied with and done.
It is not just the question of the planning permission that you have to consider, you also have to think about other things like the environment in your choice of methods.
You have made the decision to build your own home. The site has been selected and the plans drawn up.
Follow this step-by-step guide to get your new home connected to the electricity network. Please apply online or Alternatively, please follow the step by step guide below.
Note: If your new home is part of a housing scheme development, your builder will have already made an application for an electricity connection.
Phone / Broadband
It is a good idea to get in touch with eir telephone and broadband at the start of a project about a connection to phone, broadband or any other telecommunication service that you will require.
It does not matter which company you would like to choose and there are many of them on the market but they all share lines from eircom, so you need to make sure that the lines are positioned in the right place with them.