Come and visit us at the National Homebuilding and Renovating Show 22nd-25th March 2018!
We will be attending the National Homebuilding and Renovating Show at Birmingham NEC, 22nd-25th March 2018. Whether you’re an experienced renovator or self-builder, or you’re planning your first ever project, discover everything you need to make your ideas a reality at the show. The show is a fantastic opportunity to talk to self-build and renovation […]
8 Planning Assumptions
1. ‘I’ll get planning for this plot because it’s next to the village.’ Tread carefully here. Each council has its own set of planning policies to define where settlement areas end and the countryside begins. It’s essential to find out where the boundaries lie and the council’s policy on house building – you can usually […]
Self-build tip: Stay involved
Self-building encompasses a whole range of different approaches. The level of involvement you choose is entirely up to you. Some people choose to employ a project manager or main contractor who takes on all responsibility for the project. Even if you do decide to take this route, take have an active part in your self […]
Green oak. Air-dried oak. Kiln-dried oak – what should I use?
What is… Green oak is cut from trees felled* within 18 months and has a moisture content of 60-80%, which gradually decreases as the oak dries out. This process is called seasoning and begins straight away. ‘Green’ refers to how fresh the oak is rather than its colouring. Air-dried oak are timbers cut to size […]
Self-build tip: Play the market
Don’t just accept a price. Check it out. Get a quotation from one supplier and then approach another for a better price. Most merchants have considerable leeway when it comes to discounts and you need to take advantage of that fact. Be careful about bargaining with labour, however. Get alternative quotes but be aware that […]
12 Checks Before You Buy A Plot
Put yourself in the picture before you part with your money – and help put together a case for planners. 1. Is the plot in a conservation area or Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty? It’s not unheard of to self-build in these circumstances but it isn’t easy or always possible. Strict rules are likely to […]
Self-build tip: Be wary of plots with planning permission close to expiry
It is vital that self builders make themselves aware of the length of time left on any consent as many vendors don’t often sell their plot until some time after the original consent was granted — sometimes with only six months left. That may seem like enough time, until one considers that planning departments can […]
A Beginner’s Guide to Self-build
What is self-build? In short, people who have the opportunity to design and build their own home to the budget, specification and build method they choose. There are many ways to approach self-building depending on how involved you want to be – from finding your own architect and trades, or handing the lot over to […]
Self-build tip: Be vigilant
Be vigilant so that your project works smoothly. Make sure contractors are on site when required and chase up deliveries to prevent delays with contractors standing around waiting for materials.
The different ways to self-build
‘Self-building’ encompasses a whole range of different approaches. The level of involvement you choose is entirely up to you, but of course, there are financial benefits of taking on as much of the work as possible. Going down the self-build route means you can tailor the process to suit just how much time and budget […]