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Homes England loan funding unlocks land for further custom build homes

20 new plots for custom build homes are being brought to market at Howton Road in 2018 as part of a development allocation in Newton Abbot by Teignbridge District Council (DC) i....

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Ecology Building Society provides mortgage finance at Cambridge Cohousing’s Marmalade Lane project

Ethical lender the Ecology Building Society has teamed up with Cambridge Cohousing to offer mortgages to the future residents of Marmalade Lane, a 42-home community in the proce....

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Fareham Borough Council and the Right To Build Task Force pursues potential for plots at Welborne Garden Village

Fareham Borough Council and the Right To Build Task Force are working together to help realise potential for self-build and custom build plots at Welborne Garden Village in Hamp....

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Ticket offer for Spring self-build shows

 

Self Build Portal brings you free ticket offers to the best self build shows for anyone wanting to build their dream home...

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Right To Build Expo heads South West for self-build and custom expertise

NaCSBA's Right To Build Task Force, NaCSBA and Wood for Good, in partnership, are hosting the Right To Build Expo: Unlocking the Potential of Custom and Self-build, near Exeter ....

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Case Studies

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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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 to be your own project manager

HOw to be your own project manager
  • Project managing sounds very professional and difficult but it is in fact what anyone running a building firm does all the time. Arranging sub-contracters to come in on the right day, and checking that they know what to do; organsing materials; co-ordinating with architects and building inspectors, keeping the site safe and tidy and secure; and keeping the client happy. A DIY project manager does all these except the last.
  • You need time and energy to do your own project management. Experience and contacts are also useful but not essential.
  • Ask yourself “Could I sack someone?” If not, maybe you aren’t cut out for this.
  • As a rule, it takes about one hour of project management for every seven hours worked “on the tools.” So if you have three people working on site (say for a total 24 hours a day), you will need to spend two to three hours managing the process, of which ideally one hour should be spent on site.
  • Don’t undertake DIY project management unless you can be on site at least once a day most days. Don’t even think about it if you are living more than an hour from site.
  • If you have more time to spare, then don’t sit around on site doing nothing. Become a labourer. Or lift up a broom. But don’t stand around talking to (and watching) your sub-contractors — this will slow them down and wind them up.
  • If you don’t know what you are doing, get help from someone who does.