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Can you solve the housing crisis and win £50,000!

The Richard Koch BreakThrough Prize is this year offering anyone the chance of winning £50,000 for an essay on creating a popular policy to rejuvenate our property-owning democ....

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Teignbridge District Council brings on a range of Custom and Self-build opportunities

Thanks to its percentage rule for serviced plots, Teignbridge District Council is permissioning a range of opportunities for Custom and Self-builders in the South West.

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Community groups should take up learnings from free Right to Build Expos

The Right to Build Task Force has announced four more Expos fo....

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NaCSBA welcomes Kit Malthouse to the role of Housing and Planning Minister

Kit Malthouse MP has been appointed Housing and Planning Minister, following Dominic Raab’s move to the be the Secreta....

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Oakwrights brings on nine custom build plots in Herefordshire

Timber-frame manufacturer Oakwrights is bringing nine Custom Build plots to market in H....

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Case Studies

Bath Street Collective Custom Build

Bath Street Collective Custom Build

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Planning for retirement with Potton

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Bakers Shaw

Bakers Shaw mixed build-method Passivhaus

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Beattie Passive house

Manx passive home

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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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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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Buying materials

Buying materials
  • If you employ a main contractor to undertake your selfbuild on a fixed price, then you will not be involved with materials selection unless this forms a part of the contract— ie. choosing kitchens and bathrooms and finishes.
  • If you are more involved with the project management, then you may well spend a lot of time phoning suppliers and going back and forward to builders merchants. Start by taking your plans around several local merchants — many have selfbuild specialists — and ask them to prepare a quotation based on your plans.
  • Open accounts with local builders merchants. It makes negotiations much easier, and it helps with the record keeping. Haggle to get the best discount.
  • Open an account with a tool hire shop.
  • Use the internet. It’s especially good in tracking down fixtures and fittings like bathrooms, light fittings, plumbing gear, ironmongery.
  • Bulk materials (bricks, blocks, timber, plasterboard) are much cheaper ordered in quantity. Make sure that you know what quantity to order, and that you have somewhere on site to store them. Bricks and blocks may well require a digger or rough-terrain fork lift to unload and to place in the correct position.