Build It’s Self Build Education House is a pioneering real-life project designed to give you a unique insight into the process of self building your own bespoke home.
The Education House is being erected on Graven Hill, the UK’s largest custom and self build development. We’ll be following the design and build journey both in the magazine and online – sharing the highs and lows of how a project comes together.
Once it’s completed, the Self Build Education House will showcase the design possibilities and practical choices you’ll need to make over the course of your own scheme.
You’ll get to see a wide range of innovative products in situ, from heat pump ventilation through to acoustic screeds, with cutaway panels demonstrating how they’re installed.
The finished house will also featured detailed informational graphics explaining the decisions Build It made on this project and how different choices would have affected our construction schedule and costs.
The key to a successful project is bringing the right partners on board. Build It has chosen to work with the following companies for our very own self build:
|Lapd Architects is based in Oxfordshire, close to our plot in Bicester. The practice is very well known to the Build It team, as director Opinder Liddar is one of our magazine and Build It Live show experts.
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|ICF Supplies is the UK’s largest distributor of Nudura ICF blocks. This structural system is ideal for our basement and can deliver a high-performance house with low energy requirements.|
|Self-Build Zone is a specialist provider of 10-year structural warranties and site insurance. The team’s 25-year track record of helping self builders and use of A-rated insurers led us to their door.
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|SIPCO is an award-winning manufacturer of structural insulated panels (SIPs). We wanted a high-performance SIPs roof for its insulating properties and to enable extra space in the attic.|
|Dreadnought Tiles has been making clay tiles in England for over 200 years. We’ve opted for a blend from the company’s rustic range of naturally fired clay tiles to get a great balance of character versus cost.|
|Kloeber has built a strong reputation for its product offering and excellent customer service over the last 12 years. Build It is selecting its clean-lined timber windows and will be specifying a FunkyFront door.
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|IDSystems is a long-established UK supplier of sliding and bifold doors. Still family-owned and with a knack for innovation, they’re a natural partner for our internal and external glazed doors.
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|Kloepping TSS designs and installs high-quality bespoke staircases. We want ours to add real wow factor to the vaulted entrance hall, and are in the process of finalising the design with the Kloepping team.|
|Russwood Striking Siberian larch in a rainscreen profile is our choice of timber cladding. It will be pre-treated with SiOO:X to pre-age it and achieve a consistently weathered finish at an accelerated rate.
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|Total Home Environment MVHR is the default choice for good air quality in a high-spec home. We’re going one step further with THE’s heat pump ventilation system, which will also heat and cool the house.
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|Nu-Heat specialises in bespoke designed underfloor heating systems. We’ve opted to install its products in three zones: Lo-Pro10 for the ground floor WC, and a screeded solution in the bathroom and ensuite.
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|Environment Logic are one of the most trusted companies offering advice on solar and storage to self-builders. They have specified and are about to install our in-roof PV systems and are evaluating our battery storage options.
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|Moss Technical is ensuring the Education House has an electrical system fit for the next generation. Its Niko Home Control system will allow us to control the living environment quickly, easily and even remotely.
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|Amina is the inventor of the invisible in-wall speaker. We were wowed by a demonstration of the sound performance at an Amina installer’s showroom, and can’t wait to hear the effect in the Build It House!
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|JB Kind has been a major supplier of doors to self builders for 30 years, and was a natural choice to supply our internal doors. We intend for these to be delivered as factory-made doorsets for rapid installation.
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|Screedflo supplies and installs anhydrite liquid screeds. We’ve fitted its standard product in the basement and plan to use the Build It Award-winning db Acoustic Floor for an ultra-quiet timber first floor structure.|
|Hard Rock Flooring Our open-plan ground floor layout will be a great canvas for a contemporary porcelain floor. Low-maintenance, non-slip and stunning... we can’t wait to see our Hard Rock floor!|
|Alchester Tiles & Bathrooms This local specialist is already proving popular on Graven Hill. We were taken by their roomset-based showroom, which helped us visualise the options.|
|Jotul The hypnotic effect of a real fire is so often part of a dream house – but in a super-insulated home you don’t need too much heat. So we’re going for a traditional-style gas stove for maximum control.|
|Drewett & Hunt Last, but certainly not least, D&H is our main contractor for the post-watertight phase. Recommended by Lapd, the Oxfordshire building firm has nearly 40 years’ experience.|
You can recognise our official partners by looking out for the Build It Self Build Education House ‘official partner’ logo on their websites and advertising.