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Commission on Housing outlines expansion for self/custom build sector

Self/custom build sector could expand to almost double its current output by 2021, suggests report

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New self/custom build opportunities arise in London and Leeds

Five custom build homes planned for Peckham and two self build sites appear in Farnley

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Self build schemes progress in Oldham and Bedfordshire as new register launches

Two projects see over 40 self build homes in pipeline as another local authority begins to list prospective self/custom builders

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New scheme launched to help more people build their own homes

Blueprint de-risks mortgage applications for self/custom build properties by allowing vanguard councils to 'oversee' projects

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Custom build plans approved for regeneration of North Shields dockyard

Work expected to start this year on first phase of 34 two and three storey contemporary family homes

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Case Studies

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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Developer built one-off home

Benefits

  • It’s generally quick, simple and easy to do as they take care of everything
  • You can sometimes arrange with the developer for you to finish off the work yourself - this can result in savings of 10-20%
 

Challenges

  • There are currently only about a dozen self build developers offering this option around the UK
  • It tends to be a more expensive solution as the developer will want to recover all his costs and make a fair profit

WHAT YOU USUALLY HAVE TO DO

  • Find a developer with a site and some house designs that you like.
  • Agree on any changes you may want to the design.

NEXT STEPS...

There is a growing number of developers offering one stop solutions. The map below identifies a selection of just a few of the ones we know of and the location of their operation/projects (others may be listed in our Suppliers Directory):

Concept2Group

Berkshire, Surrey and North Hampshire

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CornerstoneZED

Bickleigh Down

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Czero Home Limited

Harvest House

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Fairgrove Homes

Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire and South Yorkshire

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HPH Commercial Property

Bath and South West

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igloo

Trevenson Park South

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Inhabit Homes

London and the South East

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Linden Homes

Whitehill Road, Newton Abbot

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Lovell

Tamworth (Head Office) / Nationwide

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bloc

London / Nationwide

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Plot

Lancaster

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Plot

Bollington, Cheshire

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Revolution Homes

South East, South West and London

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Site 4 Self Build

Barnsley / Nationwide

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Urban Self Build

Peterborough

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Glenrate

North Yorkshire

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Robert Wilson Homes

Lincolnshire and Humberside

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Swallow Hill Homes

Nottinghamshire

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Derwood Homes

Cardiff, Bridgend and South Wales

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Pro-found Development

Berwick-Upon-Tweed

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Hab Housing

Boreham, Warminster

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Art Contracts Ltd

Calthorpe Street, Banbury

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One of the best things you can do is read up on the whole process. The best book is 'The House Builders Bible' – which is readily available on Amazon and in good book shops. 'Building Your Own Home' is also a very good guide.

You could also go on one of many courses aimed at self builders.

There are many other sources of useful information – such as exhibitions and the various self build magazines.

Case studies

Wellstride

Wellstride

This Welsh project will provide 118 plots for self builders. A serviced plot costs £105,000, or a fully built bespoke home can be provided.

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Hempsted Green

Hempsted Green, Peterborough

This developer-led project offers serviced plots from £90,000, or a fully built three bedroom home for around £195,000.

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