Reader letter: ‘Our family mucked in to build father’s house and we saved 22 per cent on builder’s quote’

Reader Letters from the Diss Express,, @diss_express on Twitter
Reader Letters from the Diss Express,, @diss_express on Twitter

Richard Bacon is right to raise the issue of self-build (MP calls for self-build revolution, May 23).

There is nothing new in this, but siren voices which complain the scheme opens the door to cowboy operators should not be a reason for preventing imaginative entrepreneurs for taking up the challenge.

My father built his own bungalow over a two year period from 1965 to 1967. He quantified the work, aged a bricklayer from his asphalt gang to work evenings or weekends, two local carpenters, a plasterer and an electrician.

My younger brother who worked in his holidays for a local builder had learnt how to install windows, and we all helped with the foundations, laid the footpaths and mixed the concrete.

The total cost was £2,260, some £500, or 22 per cent less than the builder’s quote, who eventually acted as his project manager.