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Virgin Money supports custom build

 Virgin Money is the latest big name to show support for the self ....

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Task Force Announcements

A trio of announcemens, including a new Director for NaCSBA's expert Task Force 

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New Registers to Facilitate Residential Land Supply

Can redeveloping more browfield land help to solve the housing crisis? 

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Self-Build as Housing Market Fix

Capacity in the Homebuilding Industry: How the UK is falling short with self-building 

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Can you design a quality home on a tiny budget?

NaCSBA launches 2017 ideas competition to create a low cost retirement community or granny annex

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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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Top tips

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Challenging sites

Challenging sites
  • Not all building plots are the same. Some require little money to develop, some are very expensive.
  • Watch out for difficult ground conditions — presence of large trees, clay soils, mining areas, and other factors. You may have to have engineered foundations, typically piles, and these can cost £30k instead of £10k for standard foundations in normal ground. Ask building inspectors about likely ground conditions and, if necessary, undertake a ground survey.
  • Backland plots are often much more expensive to develop. The further you are away from the road, the more it will cost for the drain runs, electrics and water supplies, driveways, fencing. Budget £1k every 2m back from roadway.
  • Planning requirements: if you are building in a sensitive zone (National Parks, conservation areas, near to listed buildings) then expect to have to use more expensive materials.
  • Replacement dwellings: normally, the infrastructure is in place which makes them easy to develop, but watch out for demolition costs which can range from £5k to over £20k, especially if there is asbestos to remove.