10 Mar 2014

Self-build

Simply put, a self-builder is someone who commissions a new home to be built that is tailored to suit personal design requirements, lifestyle and budget. 10% of all new homes built in the UK are self-builds, and that figure is on the rise. Possibilities for self-build homes are endless when it comes to style, materials and costs – from pre-designed kit homes to ambitious bespoke projects managed entirely by the homeowner. Whatever the motive to self-build – be it aesthetics, value or sustainability – the wonderful advantage of self-building is its opportunity to create a home completely suited to individual preferences.

A self-build project is a major undertaking and market research is integral to its success. Use the following fundamentals as a springboard for your self-build journey:

• Find a suitable plot
• Secure the project funding, finances and budget
• Finalise the design with the help of an architect
• Secure planning permission
• Decide how much or little you are to be involved in the project – essentially if you are to project manage the construction or conduct any of the hard physical labour.
• Set a time-frame and start your self-build!

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    Padraig Hurley, Self-Build Manager at Taylor Lane Timber Frame, explores the green benefits of timber frame and how this modern method of construction can positively impact the quality of life and reduce energy costs.

  • The Self Build Diaries: Nicky and Paul Duffin
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    First impressions count, and the exterior of your property is the first thing visitors will see when it comes to your newly-built or renovated house. While robust fencing and gates protect your home and vehicles,…

  • The Heart of the Home: Key Considerations When Designing a Kitchen
    When it comes to a self-build or renovation project, there is a real opportunity to choose a layout, features and materials that will truly enhance day-to-day life. Here, Karl Andrews, Head of Category, Bespoke &…

  • Why More Self-builders Are Considering Passivhaus
    As energy bills soar and the climate crisis becomes ever more urgent, a tried-and-tested building design standard is coming into its own. The international Passivhaus standard is an ‘efficiency-first’ approach grounded in building physics. Passivhaus…

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    Changing a staircase is not something one should embark on lightly. However, if it blocks out light, is not well integrated into the house or if it is in a rickety condition, it might be…

  • Transforming The Stables
    ‘The Stables’ in Epping, Essex, is a secluded building that was initially part of a farm. Clear Architects has been involved in construction works here on two separate occasions, dramatically and consistently improving the layout…
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