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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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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.