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News

Government confirms plans for councils to keep self build registers

Housing Minister Brandon Lewis makes announcement as part of plans to provide more homes

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Plymouth's Nelson custom build scheme moves forward

Land for the scheme is being transferred from Plymouth City Council to housing association DCH and contractor Interserve

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Cambridge K1 scheme scoops eco award

Residents say the cohousing concept makes their energy-efficient scheme unique

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Market researcher predicts buoyant self build market despite recent slowdown

Lead economist claims government measures should boost sector despite new figures showing minimal growth

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Devon community self build scheme planned

Plans readied for eco self build scheme of 13 homes built by group of local people

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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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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 is a growing - but limited - number of 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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