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Self build work begins at Newcastle Great Park

Work set to commence on number of self build plots at urban extension north of city centre

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First senior cohousing custom build scheme launched in Barnet

Work begins on groundbreaking custom build housing development in north London exclusively for older women 

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£22 million funding to boost neighbourhood planning

Cash injection confirmed to help communities set up neighbourhood plans for self or custom build projects

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TV show searches for self builders to deliver homes at Graven Hill

Nationwide hunt underway to find households keen to design and build their own homes at Britain's biggest mass self build site

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Co-housing group plans to self build straw bale neighbourhood

Idea to self build up to 50 homes with straw bales being developed by twenty families in Cambridge

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Case Studies

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 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.