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Highland innovation

Plans for six new homes in the Highlands have been approved 

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New opportunities in Stoke

Stoke-on-Trent City Council is looking to create two self and custom build developments that could give 31 families the chance to create their own homes

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Government to double annual spend on housing

Funding announced in the Autumn Statement should increase the delivery of sustainable and accessible housing, including self and custom build

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Minister applauds Murton project

A £365,000 HCA loan enables first custom build in County Durham 

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Unlocking the potential of self build

Inquiry held at Parliament discusses the potential of self and custom build to help solve UK's housing shortage 

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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.