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News

Shoestring 2016 Finalists

Top 12 entries for 2016's 'Self Build on a Shoestring' ideas competition revealed

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Filling the knowledge gap

Scots have limited knowldege of their housing options according to new opinion poll

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Time to comply with The Right to Build

Local paper puts the spotlight on Rochdale Borough Council’s lack of self build register

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Land for up to 17,000 new homes

A total of 13 Ministry of Defence sites will be sold to provide land for much needed new home, as well as raising £225m for the armed foreces.

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Focus on: Angela Doran

The Self Build Portal chats to Angela Doran, leader of Glasgow City Council’s pioneering Maryhill project and NaCSBA’s new executive committee representative for Scotland, W....

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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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Top tips

Choosing a construction system

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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.