This guidance section is primarily aimed towards people looking to build their own home, although many of the principles apply to all types of projects. Our architects at Dualchas can discuss through the process with the private or professional client in detail.

Building your own home is a highly rewarding experience. It can appear daunting at first since there are so many issues to consider, but working with a good architect should allow not only the process to be easier, the end result will be much better.

At Dualchas we strive to make the process as straightforward as possible. Our Self-Build Guide is based on years of experience in dealing with numerous clients, consultants, statutory authorities and contractors. If you feel that there is any information missing that would help you, please e-mail your queries to, and we'll do our best to incorporate them into the website.

The sections in the Self-build guide are as follows:



Budget Planner


How to Proceed

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November 02, 2016

New Dualchas house in Sleat completed

Ancala, a Dualchas-designed house near Armadale in Sleat, south Skye, has been completed. The three bedroom house has dramatic views over the Sound of Sleat to the hills of Knoydart, with t...

August 23, 2016

Dualchas and RRA Reveal St Kilda Visitors' Centre

After a number of months of work, Dualchas and Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter, Oslo, are able to release images from our exciting collaboration on the St Kilda Centre – Ionad Hiort – on the ...