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Scottish government boosts Highland Self-Build Loan Fund

The Scottish government has boosted its revolving fund to enable self building in the Highlands

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Graven Hill update

There’s less than a week to go before Graven Hill launches plots for sale nationally on 22nd August.  

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Canalside custom build

Residents have moved into Lancaster's first canalside custom build 

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Calling all pioneers

The government's custom build pilot scheme has launched its first phase of development

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Passivhaus preview

Work is underway on a sustainable new addition to Norfolk's self build scene

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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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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.