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News

TV show searches for self builders to deliver homes at Graven Hill

Nationwide hunt underway to find households keen to design and build their own homes at Britain's biggest mass self build site

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Co-housing group plans to self build straw bale neighbourhood

Idea to self build up to 50 homes with straw bales being developed by twenty families in Cambridge

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Millions pledged to boost London's self build industry

Mayor promises £5m cash pot to help people build their own homes on redundant sites across 13 boroughs

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Ex-service personnel get opportunity to build their own homes

Two self build schemes in the West Country provide affordable housing for former armed forced members

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Wave of new garden villages could generate more self/custom build homes

Allocating plots to self builders could help to deliver over one million new homes, a new report suggests

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Case Studies

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 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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Top tips

How to be your own project manager

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Typical timescales

Typical Timescales

Typically it takes about two years to build a home, from finding the site to moving in. In most cases just over half this time is spent securing planning and other building permissions and lining up suitable contractors. Then about 6-9 months is spent onsite constructing the house.

Timber frames and structural insulated panel systems are praised for erecting a weatherproof shell faster than brick and block, but they generally take longer to arrive on site. Timberframe suppliers normally require a substantial deposit in advance.

A simple house on a flat site with a good crew, an accurate budget and reasonable weather, can be completed within 6 months. As you add in complexities such as a steep site or bad weather then timescales lengthen.

The Excellence Gateway has a GANTT chart for working out a construction timeline.

These other reference areas offer more free advice and information:

There are many more companies who sell relevant software, or project management services to self builders.