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Focus on: The Highland Self Build Loan Fund

The Portal talks to Michael Chisholm from the HSCHT about what the fund means for the future of self build in Scotland

 

22 May 2016

Earl....

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Court of Appeal ruling on Section 106

Exemption for small sites reintroduced as court of appeal quashes high court ruling

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Self Build on a Shoestring 2016

Self Build on a Shoestring 2016 is open for entries after the launch during National Self Build Week

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NaCSBA Task Force announced

NaCSBA annouces the launch of new Custom and Self Build Task force at the House of Commons

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Minister states: "We are committed to helping people build their own home"

Richard Bacon MP has welcomed industry guests to the National Custom and Self Build Association’s Right to Build Summit to mark the Se....

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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.