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Nationwide Foundation supports vital work to enable more people to build their own affordable homes

Charity provides nearly £180,000 to fund major programme designed to boost overall housing output

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First steps taken for self build housing projects in Scotland

Edinburgh housing co-operative joy at planning approval; as bargain self build plots come to market in Dumfries and Galloway

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Large Cambridgeshire development set to feature self build homes

Crest Nicholson earmarks proportion of homes within community development for people to build themselves

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Sheffield City Council unveils self/custom build register and information day

Local authority provides opportunities for people to show interest in the type of home they'd like to build and where

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Signs of new rush of self/custom build homes in the North of England

Sixteen homes planned in Lancashire with a further 48 in the pipeline for schemes in County Durham

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Case Studies

Bickleigh Eco Village, Devon

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Stoke-on-Trent Serviced Building Plots

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Harvest House

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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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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.