According to The Self & Custom Build Market Report, self-builders in the UK are more likely to build in rural locations rather than urban areas

The Self & Custom Build Market Report revealed that the proportion of self-builders with projects in rural local authorities is 43% compared with the number of households based in England based in rural areas, which equates to 21%.

Conversely, the share of households in urban local authorities was around 39% with just 16% of self-builders, who responded to the survey, building projects in urban locations.

The survey, conducted by Homebuilding & Renovating, also revealed that the South West of England and Scotland were the two most likely places a self-builder would choose to start a project. London was the least likely location for a self-build.

According to Jason Orme, spokesperson for The South West Homebuilding & Renovating Show, said: “Rural locations are providing a natural tranquil environment and more space than urban areas, which is just about what most young professionals, growing families or retirees pursue. With the continuous development of commuting options, creating a dream home in the countryside is a more achievable goal. Especially now when the products, services and how-to guides are readily available.”

The Self & Custom Build Market Report 2017, comprising 112 pages, can be purchased online via: The main source of data that this report is based on is an entirely new comprehensive consumer survey of 500 self-builders who had either recently completed or were about to complete their project. This research was conducted via an online survey in 2017. The overall analysis was compiled based on statistics from HMRC, DCLG and more.


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