A BARNSLEY businessman is encouraging locals to get on the property ladder by building their own homes from scratch at a fraction of the cost.

Paul Wright runs Site 4 Self Build which manages each build and organises every aspect - including finding land and providing labour and materials.

He said: "The general perception is that building your own home is only for a wealthy select few. This isn’t true yet this idea prevents many people even considering self-build.

"My business is focused on helping people build their own three-bed semi or possibly a small detached house, and with just a small deposit to start out with. It still offers the benefits you might imagine, like creating a place designed around your lifestyle."

The homes are based on a standard design,but owners can tailor them to their needs.

The whole process takes between 12 and 18 months with construction done in 26 weeks. 

Paul said the package is ideal for first-time buyers with an increasing number of companies now lending money to the self-build market.

Paul, a former British Army linguist, spent seven years as a property consultant in Cyprus and project managed developments worth a total of €50 million for major construction companies.

He returned to the UK last year and settled in Barnsley with his office based at the Barnsley Business and Innovation Centre, Wilthorpe.

For more information go to http://www.site4selfbuild.co.uk/