Self-builder’s second project enables him to rectify inaccuracies made in first build

Hindsight is a wonderful thing. Many of us look back and say “in hindsight, I would...

Parents inspire couple to self-build rather than buy

When David Smith’s parents built within the grounds of their garden, David realised he had a similar opportunity on his hands...

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If you are planning any sort of home renovation, extension or just updating your home...

Having no chimney is no barrier

Here Niall Deiraniya, General Manager at DRU Fires UK, explains how to create an impressive contemporary fireplace without a chimney...

Safeguard your home from potential burglars with the latest in home security, advises on the best placement for security cameras...

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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,...
The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is a planning charge introduced by the Planning Act 2008 as a tool for local authorities in England and Wales. Monies from CIL can help local authorities deliver infrastructure to support the development of their area, such as travel improvements and schools. Here, Sarah Chilcott, Managing Director of Planning...
There are a number of considerations to take into account before undertaking piling work, but it’s also important to realise that it could have an impact on your self-build insurance. Andrew Reardon, Senior Selfbuild Account Handler at self-build insurance policy expert ProAktive Selfbuild, explains more.
As a homeowner undertaking project works, insurance is probably the last thing on your mind, but making sure you have the right cover in place is absolutely vital. Andrew Boldt, Managing Director of Insurance Tailors, explains more.

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