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Posted by Mike in Experts blogs
timber and stone-clad oak frame home
08 September 2017
A new initiative is revealed every year, each designed to kick start house building in the UK – yet nothing happens. This time it’s Sajid Javid announcing a £2.3 billion Housing Infrastructure Fund...
Posted by Mike in Experts blogs
contemporary loft conversion
08 August 2017
Some months I’m sitting here chewing the end of my HB pencil, wondering what to write about. Others, it seems that everything is happening at once. As I write this piece, it’s a few short weeks...
Posted by Mike in Experts blogs
Baufritz prefab self-build
11 July 2017
I’ve always been a supporter of localism as a way to promote custom and self-build (CSB). One of the main objections people have to the 10 big firms who construct most of our new housing is that...
Posted by Mike in Experts blogs
self-build package home
16 June 2017
I had an interesting morning with a group of builders’ merchants recently. They'd asked me to give a presentation on self and custom build, focusing on how they could position themselves to meet the...
Posted by Mike in Experts blogs
timber frame contemporary home
11 May 2017
What is the main motivation for self building? Is it the chance to get that perfect family home? Could it be a stepping stone to making money as a small-time developer? Or is it a way to obtain a...
Posted by Mike in Experts blogs
contemporary self build cottage
06 April 2017
With the self build exhibition season getting into full swing, it’s a busy time of year for me. First up was the January show at the National Self Build & Renovation Centre (NSBRC) in Swindon,...
Posted by Mike in Experts blogs
Kebony cladding
08 March 2017
As part of the service I offer self builders who attend my courses at the National Self Build & Renovation Centre, attendees get advice about issues they're having with their schemes and the...
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Posted by Mike in Experts blogs
contemporary home on a sloping site
21 February 2017
I’ve taken a number of calls recently from media outlets that have picked up on the current push for more homes. A frequent question is why we’re simply not getting on with creating more houses if...
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Posted by Mike in Experts blogs
contemporary oak frame self build home
09 January 2017
The Housing & Planning Act came into effect on 31st October 2016. With it came the requirement for local councils to take action by monitoring the demand for self and custom build in their areas...
Posted by Mike in Experts blogs
timber frame self build home
06 December 2016
Sajid Javid has hit the ground running since his appointment as secretary of state for communities and local government. He’s vowed to tackle the big housing developers about their perceived...

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