Luxury on a budget
If you want a luxury feel to your self build, but only have a limited budget, then focus on the things that you ‘touch’ on a regular basis and those things that cannot be changed at a later date. For example a good quality handle will lift an average door without spending an excessive amount of money.
Involve the planners
Start discussions and establish a good relationship with your local planning department as early as possible, this will help to avoid possible conflicts and they are much more likely to be open to your project if they feel engaged and involved prior to and leading up to planning permission
being applied for.
If your build includes garages or out buildings then consider building these first if you have the time and space. You can never have enough dry and secure storage space on a building site and these buildings effectively come free, saving you money by not having to hire storage containers.