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Teignbridge commits to self build

Cementing its commitment to the sector, Teignbridge is the UK's first council to adopt a policy on self build homes

20 July 2016

Teignbridge is the firs....

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What does Brexit mean for self and custom build?

Over the last week, the nation's vote to leave the EU has brought with it a host of questions concerning the stability of the economy. T....

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New fruit to market

A unique development on the outskirts of Nottingham city outlines the high demand for cohousing in the area.

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Homes for heroes

Work is underway to transform the site of an old office block in Weston-super-Mare....

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PROTOHOME launches in Newcastle

A charitable partnership in Newcastle has joined forces to uncover whether self build can aid homelessness

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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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How Long Will It Take?

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.