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First steps taken for self build housing projects in Scotland

Edinburgh housing co-operative joy at planning approval; as bargain self build plots come to market in Dumfries and Galloway

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Large Cambridgeshire development set to feature self build homes

Crest Nicholson earmarks proportion of homes within community development for people to build themselves

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Sheffield City Council unveils self/custom build register and information day

Local authority provides opportunities for people to show interest in the type of home they'd like to build and where

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Signs of new rush of self/custom build homes in the North of England

Sixteen homes planned in Lancashire with a further 48 in the pipeline for schemes in County Durham

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Self/custom build projects and organisations honoured at industry awards ceremony

Shropshire home scoops best self build award as large Cornish development takes home best custom build trophy

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Case Studies

Bickleigh Eco Village, Devon

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Stoke-on-Trent Serviced Building Plots

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Harvest House

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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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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.