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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...
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...
Posted by Mike in Experts blogs
solar thermal panels on a clay tile roof
28 October 2016
For years the government has encouraged us to create more homes and to construct them to a better standard – especially when it comes to energy efficiency and sustainability. It’s a call self...
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Posted by Mike in Experts blogs
masonry and timber frame hybrid
10 October 2016
Of all the self build topics I get asked about, the most prevalent is exemptions from taxes and levies, such as Section 106 (S106) agreements and the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL). The S106...
Posted by Mike in Experts blogs
modern brick cottage
13 September 2016
I stayed up until 1:30am on 24th June and was awake again at 5am, as I couldn’t wait to find out how the Brexit referendum was playing out. As I watched the events of the following weeks, I was...

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