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Woodworking: build your own home in 8 steps (seriously!)

Leigh Leigh
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Okay, building your own house might sound like an extreme idea, but the reality is that some of the layouts are so simple that you actually can do it yourself, and you can save a lot of money in the process… you just need some woodworking enthusiasm! 

So you are looking to cut some costs and exercise a bit of creative energy by building your very own house. You've come to the right place! Here at homify, we have all sorts of tips and tricks as well as ideas from top professionals from around the world. 

We've put together some DIY tips today that will show you how you can build your very own home today. The trick? Go modular!

This design by South African home builders shows just how cost-effective and simple building a home can be. This home is built with wooden cladding, aluminum windows and doors and a deck roof. The beauty is that it can be built in the factory and then transported to the site. This means weather doesn't interfere with construction!

Shall we take a look?

1. Start with the frame and foundation

Pod house framework, pod in its infancy.:   by Greenpods
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Pod house framework, pod in its infancy.

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This is the most important part of home construction. Opt for wood for a simple yet effective structure that will last for many years to come. 

Have a look at these 10 wooden homes for inspiration.

2. Get the size right

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Framework going up.

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You need to think carefully about how much space you need in your home. This depends on how many people live in your home as well as how big your property is. 

This home is 6 by 3 metres. It's not too large, but it's very savvy!

3. The walls and the roof

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Greenpods 18+ modular timber pod house.

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Wooden walls make for a very charming look and feel but you need to make sure that they are insulated and durable. Make sure the wood is sealed and varnished.

Your roof should have water proofing as well as solid bricks to cover it. You don't want the roof to cave in!

4. Transport it

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Moving the pod out of the factory

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The beauty of modular design is that once it is constructed, it can be transported conveniently to the site.

Don't you love how the one side of this home features glazed glass for a modern look and feel?

5. Drop it off

Hoisting the pod house onto the truck.:   by Greenpods
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Hoisting the pod house onto the truck.

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Easy does it!

6. Arriving in style

Transporting the pod house to site.:   by Greenpods
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Transporting the pod house to site.

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Make sure that your home arrives with professionals who know how to transport a modular home without damaging it.

7. Position it properly

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Greenpods 18+ modular timber pod house.

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Now that the home has arrived, make sure it's positioned in the right spot on your property. You want the windows to face the light. You also want to utilise the garden space that is available.

8. Enjoy

Greenpods 18+ modular timber pod house.:   by Greenpods
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Greenpods 18+ modular timber pod house.

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This home has been built on a platform, keeping it off the ground. It overlooks a stunning garden as well as the surrounding views. Don't you love how little wooden stairs lead up to the home?

It has also been positioned so that it faces the sun, ensuring that natural light streams in through the large glass windows and doors.

Building a house is as easy as 1, 2 and 3!

Also have a look at these 3 modular houses that take your breath away.

Are you ready to start building?
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