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Plans announced for Right to Build across England as self/custom build bill gets Commons green light

Consultation underway on plans to enable custom/self builders to turn to councils for land as approval in principle is given to the Self Build and Custom Housebuilding Bill

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Briefing document on self/custom build bill released before second Parliament reading

Paper provides background on Government support available to people wishing to build their own home

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15,000 custom/self build homes a year "not implausible", says new report

Proposals suggest new targets for custom/self build housing to tackle housing crisis

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South London group steps up self build campaign as more projects are established

Lewisham-based organisation plans discussion day on 34-home self build project; one of many new schemes taking shape

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Collaborative project wins top prize in the Self Build on a Shoestring 2014 competition

Team of architect, community self build group and housing association wins £5,000 prize

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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.