Routes to building your own home

Self Build

You manage the design and construction process and undertake a fair proportion of the actual building work too.
You manage the design process, select a contractor and then they take care of the construction work.
You select your preferred kit home. You may have to organise the foundations; the kit home company then erects the house.
You work with others to acquire a site to split up into plots, then organise the design and construction of your own home.
A social landlord or the Community Self Build Agency helps you build a group of homes together.

Custom Build

A developer with a site and a design you like takes care of everything; to save costs, you could finish it yourself.
A developer organises a group and builds the homes; often, to save costs, the self builders finish them off.

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What does Brexit mean for self and custom build?

Over the last week, the nation's vote to leave the EU has brought with it a host of questions concerning the stability of the economy. The Self Build Portal talks to NaCSBA Chairman Michael Holmes to find out what Brexit means for self and custom builders.

1 July 2016

The nation has a wealth of questions regarding the impact that Brexit will have on the housing industry. Many fear that house prices will slump while the economy stabiliases, and others are questioning whether the UK has sufficient skilled construction workers to sustain growth as we move away from the European Union. The only given is that the impact of Brexit on the property market will largely depend upon its impact on the economy generally.

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Case studies

Contemporary Timber Frame Home

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Passivhaus Family Farmhouse

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Steel Farm

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Merlin Haven

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Timber Frame Home, Ventnor

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Aldcliffe Yard, Lancaster

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Walthamstow Social Rent Scheme

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Prefabricated Passivhaus bungalow

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Cookham Dean, Berkshire

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Harvest House

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Bickleigh Eco Village, Devon

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Stoke-on-Trent Serviced Building Plots

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Forevergreen House

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Housing People Building Communities

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Sülzer Freunde, Cologne

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Berlin - 'Building Groups'

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Manor Farm, Kirton

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Straw-baling, Perthshire

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Findhorn

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Almere, Holland

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Hockerton

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