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Government document sums up state of the self/custom build sector

Briefing paper summarises initiatives launched to date aimed at helping people build homes for themselves

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Sheffield City Council unveils numerous self/custom build plots

Right to Build vanguard council brings nine sites to market allowing up to 80 homes

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Custom build homes designated for East Midlands development

Outline planning permission secured for 60-home scheme in South Derbyshire

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Right to Build extended in Cambridgeshire

Councillors choose to continue Government scheme matching self builders with shovel-ready sites

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More self build homes in the pipeline for Plymouth

Two new projects move step closer after funding approved by local authority

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Case Studies

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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Low-cost Irish House

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Community Eco-homes, Devon

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Lancaster Cohousing

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Cropthorne

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Findhorn

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Almere, Holland

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Top tips

Architect or Package-build?

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Building 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.

If a sustainable, eco-friendly, self build is important to you, then make sure you read up on SUSTAINABILITY.

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.

Take a look at our CASE STUDIES to get a feel for how homes can be built in different ways.

Here are some other 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.