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Mike Hardwick explains why the prices you call in from contractors can differ – and what you need to know to get an accurate figure for all the works involved in your project
ICF house with steel supports
Energy efficiency and speedy build times are the headline benefits of using insulating concrete formwork – but many architects also favour this system because of its design flexibility, says Emily Brooks
A Self-Build Package House
Whether you’re keen to get hands-on with your project or would rather leave it in the hands of the pros, there’s a package house route to suit you
enjoyable self build project
Mike Hardwick has built his own home and helped countless others achieve their dreams. Here, he sets out his golden rules to take the stress out of running a scheme
Ashley Vale collective self build
There are many challenges along the route to building your own home, but one way to increase your chances of succeeding is to band together with like-minded people and tackle a collective project, says Julian Owen
a tricky plot
From troublesome trees to stubborn soils, a whole host of problems can make the early stages of your project difficult to navigate – but they can be solved
contemporary brick clad home
Rebecca Foster takes an in-depth look at the pros and cons of brick and block construction to assess whether it’s suitable for your scheme
Yulio VR website on a tablet
Andrew Hobbs reveals 5 handy apps and software that can help ensure your self build or renovation runs on time and on budget
push-fit plumbing
Andy Butchers shares his insider tips to help troubleshoot this part of your project
block laying
In the second part of our series on hiring contractors, Tim Doherty takes a look at what you should expect from groundworkers and brickies – and how much they’ll charge

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