Scottish couple opt for Kensa ground source heat pump for five-bed self-build

Derry and Susan Young have built a stunning five-bedroom property in the picturesque...

Fourth-time barn renovator tackles his biggest challenge yet

When Paul Withey took on his fourth barn conversion project in the rural...

From building materials to interiors, i-build has your extension queries covered

Here, experienced home extensions building expert, Ryan Abell – Director and...

Why build to the Passivhaus standard?

The Passivhaus standard is one of the fastest-growing energy standards in the world, and often dubbed the gold standard of energy efficiency and indoor comfort...

Nicolas Tye explains how rooflights can offer self-builders a home bathed in natural light

In 2001, young Architect Nicolas Tye bought a barn conversion in Bedfordshire...

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If you’re planning a self-build, whether a first-timer or an experienced hand, you’ll need funding in place to drive your home-building project through its various stages, and the chances are that at least part of that funding will come in the form of a mortgage, says Rachel Pyne, Operations Director at BuildLoan.
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Did you know it is vital that appropriate cover is obtained for listed homes as general insurance providers may only provide enough cover for a minimal ‘standard’ rebuild, leaving you to finance the shortfall should the worst happen?
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If you are a self-builder about to undertake a project involving the conversion of a barn, you need to consider the cost of and difficulty in obtaining a building warranty (Latent Defect Insurance), says Rosita Mendonca from BuildSafe – a leading building warranty insurance provider.
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Self-build projects account for 7 to 10% of new housing in England each year (around 12,000 homes); a figure dwarfed by 80% in Austria and 60% in France. Barriers to self-build in England include; lack of available financing, planning and regulation processes as well as land supply and procurement. In this article Sarah Chilcott, MD of Planning Portal,...
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