Build bungalow yourself


If you want to build a bungalow yourself, the costs can be reduced by a high proportion of in-house services. In a cellarless building, there are only a few building steps left that can not be performed without a specialist.

Some things have to be done and some things can be done by oneself

The statically relatively simple construction of a bungalow allows with appropriate skill and experience a high level of self-construction. However, there are, usually required by law, work to be carried out by a specialist.

  • Assembly of load-bearing parts such as ceilings and lintels
  • Construction of the roof truss
  • Electrical installation
  • gas installation

All other work may in principle be carried out by yourself. Some works require a lot of experience and a professional implementation. If this is not guaranteed, in addition to damage to the bungalow also later problems with insurance and liability may arise.

  • Proper foundation
  • Reinforcement of the base plate
  • roofing
  • water installation
  • component connections
  • insulation work

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Work fields and calculation

For the construction of a bungalow itself, the calculation should be divided into several subject areas.

  • General property costs:
    Cost of purchase, development, surveying, soil survey and drainage
  • building costs:
    Tax, notary fees, architect, license fees, insurance, earthworks, sewer, electricity and water connections
  • Building-costs:
    Foundation and floor slab, insulation, masonry work, windows, external doors, roof with cover material, chimney
  • Interior:
    Electrical installation, floor coverings including screed, wall coverings or design, heating system, doors, plaster
  • Exterior works:
    Plaster, rainwater drainage, lightning conductors, house floor paneling, drainage surface

Construction contracts and purchased third-party services

Depending on the location of the property and the condition of the soil may be made ex officio construction conditions. As a result, the proportion of work required to be carried out by specialized companies can increase when the bungalow is built on its own. This is especially true for hillside land and wet and loamy soils.

The suppliers and builders of bungalows have different offers for their own construction. The overall planning can be customized according to the client's wishes, previous knowledge and legal requirements. For example, parts of the work can be assigned to the respective contractors and extend to the construction of the entire shell of the bungalow.

Tips & Tricks

When planning and later building yourself, check the energy efficiency class of your construction project. For bungalows above efficiency class 70, there are subsidies or grants from KfW Bank. The extra expenses for insulation or other masonry will be offset by the subsidies and your subsequent energy costs will also decrease.


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