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Many self build homes likely on new Cornish development

Serviced plots set to feature in 650-home scheme near Wadebridge

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Directors banned over £2.1 million land banking scam

Three brothers disqualified from acting as directors for 14 years for selling land deemed unsuitable for investment

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Masses of self build homes possible at Bucks site

1,100 home scheme near Aylesbury could match neighbouring Graven Hill self build town

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Homes and Communities Agency flags up key projects for custom builders

Drive launched to highlight suitable custom build schemes collectively delivering around 290 homes

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Cambridge K1 self build scheme searches for developer

Cohousing project seeks partner to work collaboratively on detailed design proposals

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Case Studies

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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Low-cost Irish House

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Community Eco-homes, Devon

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Lancaster Cohousing

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Cropthorne

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Findhorn

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St Just In Roseland

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Ryecroft, Essex

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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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Top tips

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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 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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HAB Housing

The Acre, Cumnor Hill, Oxford

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HAB Housing

Graven Hill, Bicester

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HAB Housing

Kings Worthy, Winchester

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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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