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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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More Sources of Information

More information

Millions of people watch the Grand Designs programmes on TV, and every year hundreds of thousands of people read the key self build magazines or visit the various self build exhibitions that take place all over the UK. At any one time there are at least 100,000 people searching for a plot of land.

The more time you spend researching your project and building a network of useful contacts, the easier it will be when you get your dream home underway.

DOCUMENT LIBRARY

The Self Build Portal has compiled a LIBRARY full of reports and documents each containing useful information on the self/custom build sector.

WHERE ELSE CAN I GO?

The Consumers' Association, Which?, has developed an interesting flowchart, which may help the process of building your own home. The Scottish Government also has a good general introduction to self building.

You can attend some of the self build shows and exhibitions around the country. Our Events section lists those that are coming up.

Read the main self build magazines and their associated websites, such as:

Other magazines which may be of interest include:

'The Self Build Guide' is also a good online source.

CAN I WATCH SOMETHING TO HELP ME?

Watch relevant television and video programmes, such as:

...we've also collated some handy content on our VIDEOS page.