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Additional 5,000 self/custom build homes likely to be created

Opportunity for people to build their own homes in new garden cities

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Around 60 councils now involved in planning or supporting more self and custom build housing

Yorkshire MP quizzes Housing Minister on self build progress

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Blue Ribbon self build winner announced

Garden plot in Surrey scoops 2014 award

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Government outlines how the Section 106 affordable housing exemption might work for self builders and home extenders

Government’s proposals revealed in a new Consultation document

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Huge turn out from MPs for the inaugural meeting of the self and custom build All Party Parliamentary Group

Planning Minister says he wants to see at least a quarter of all Britain's homes delivered by self/custom build

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Case Studies

Stoke-on-Trent Serviced Building Plots

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Forevergreen House

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Liverpool Habitat for Humanity

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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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Low-cost Irish House

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Community Eco-homes, Devon

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Lancaster Co-Housing

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Cropthorne

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Findhorn

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St Just In Roseland

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Hempsted Green

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Vauban, Germany

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Warborough

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Almere, Holland

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Ashley Vale

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West Quantoxhead

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Castle Ring Wood

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The Camberwell Curve

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Trefeglwys

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Wellstride

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Hockerton

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Wokingham

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Construction Methods

Construction Methods

Most British builders are used to building with masonry (or brick and block). However in Scotland, timber framed homes are generally the norm. Both systems are commonly employed by self builders.

Self builders are also keen innovators so they often explore alternative construction methods and materials. Their reasons will include the finished look, the eco credentials, the ease of manually handling the materials, the ability to source materials, and the availability of expertise and contractors. Budget may or may not be a factor.

Some of the alternative construction methods include hemcrete, green oak, cob, thin joint blockwork, insulated concrete formwork (ICF), steel frame, straw bales, rammed earth, logs, and structural insulated panels (SIPs).

Our Suppliers Directory lists various companies that can help you with all these construction methods.

Here are some sources of information explaining more about the various options:

The informative presentation, 'Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) & Eco-Building', also explain the pros and cons of the main methods of construction very well.

There are hundreds of different companies and suppliers to the self build industry. The Self Build Directory offers a listing which you may find useful.