FOR ANTHONY Ward, self-building a house was an extension of his day job.
Though it meant he was suddenly working seven days a week and evenings, too.
"It was a labour of love," says the 36-year-old painter and decorator, who was able to call in help from his friends in the trade who include bricklayers, plumbers and joiners.
He and girlfriend Mary Rooms, 28, bought a plot of land at 1 Cromwell Close, Almondbury, with foundations already in place and plans for a house already approved.
All that was left to do was build it.
The process took six months and Anthony, who is self-employed and works mainly for developer Lanson, added plenty of high-specification fittings.
He says: "I didn't do it for money. Because it was our own house we added extras like limestone floors with underfloor heating, the cherry wood kitchen and expensive bathroom ware."
Other nice touches are shotblasted glass in the downstairs bathroom window and a glass splashback on the basin.
Now, though, Anthony has caught the bug for building and aims to do it all over again - with a plot at Edgerton.
The four-bedroom house is now on the market with Bairstow Eves estate agent in Huddersfield.
Anthony says: "I first got the idea after my business partner, Andrew Wellington, built his own house.
"And I wouldn't have been able to build ours if it wasn't for my reliable, honest friends and contacts.
"My brother Noel is an electrician and did a lot of work.
"As I'm self-employed I was able to be really flexible, and be at the house when I was needed."
Mary, chief cardiac physiologist at Leeds General Informary, says: "He worked most weekends and didn't set a target date for it to be finished because he didn't want to rush anything.
"We moved in back in June last year."
Anthony continues: "Self-building is not an easy thing to finance.
"But I had a financial advisor who was able to sort everything out.
"The building process was stressful. I found myself lying in bed, thinking about what needed doing, and when.
"Now I had an idea that I'd like to do one house a year until I'm 40."
Mary adds: "But our next one will be our home and that'll be us settled. We've got a baby on the way so our new house will have a nice, big nursery.
"We watch programmes like Grand Designs as they give you so many ideas. We can't wait to get started again."
* Interested? This house is on the market with Bairstow Eves at £268,000.