Build It’s Self Build Education House

Build It’s Self Build Education House

The Build It House is a pioneering real-life self build designed as an educational tool that will give you a unique insight into the process of creating your own bespoke home.

Follow Build It magazine’s self build journey in detail, as we share the highs, lows and most valuable lessons we’ve learned along the way – and make a success of your dream home project!

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Build It’s Self Build Education House
FOLLOW OUR SELF BUILD JOURNEY
01

Design & Planning

The key to a successful house build starts with a good planning. Here's how we developed the Build It House design and secured planning permission

02

Groundworks & Basement

Adding a basement into your self build plans will help you to make the most of your building plot and add real space and value

03

Structural Shell

Discover what's involved in getting your project weathertight and learn how to overcome common self build challenges

04

First Fix

With the house shell complete, the Self Build Education House is a hive of activity as we get the plumbing, electrics, heating and other infrastructure in place

05

Second Fix

We'll soon be underway with work on the fixtures and fittings that will turn our house into a home

06

Finishes & Snagging

The decoration and finishing touches can make a world of difference to a bespoke home build

Our Partners
PROJECT PHASE: Design & Planning

Welcome to the Self Build Education House

Build It magazine’s Self Build Education House is a real-life, access-all-areas project that will give you a unique insight into the process of creating your own bespoke home

Chris Bates
Welcome to the Self Build Education House

Our Self Build Plot at Graven Hill

We've found the perfect plot for our Self Build Education House - a corner site overlooking woodland at the Graven Hill self build scheme

Chris Bates
Our Self Build Plot at Graven Hill

Build It Education House: Initial Design Stages

Editor Chris Bates looks at the initial design phase of Build It's Self Build Education House

Chris Bates
Build It Education House: Initial Design Stages

Developing the Design & Gaining Planning Consent

Editor Chris Bates works alongside architect Opinder Liddar to refine the design for the Build It Education House and apply for planning consent

Chris Bates
Developing the Design & Gaining Planning Consent
PROJECT PHASE: Groundworks & Basement

Preliminaries & Getting Started on Site

After months of planning – which with any luck will stand us in good stead during the construction phase – we finally managed...

Chris Bates
Preliminaries & Getting Started on Site

Groundworks & Basement Floor Slab

With site setup done, day two of our build heralded the start of work in earnest on the Self Build Education House. To...

Chris Bates
Groundworks & Basement Floor Slab

Building the ICF Basement & Ground Floor Structure

Find out why we're using ICF as the structural system for the basement of the Build Education House, and how the works progressed on site

Chris Bates
Building the ICF Basement & Ground Floor Structure

Tanking & Waterproofing our New Basement

We're installing a combination of tanking and cavity drainage membrane systems to waterproof the basement of Build It's Self Build Education House

Chris Bates
Tanking & Waterproofing our New Basement
PROJECT PHASE: Structural Shell

Pouring the Ground Floor ICF Walls

Weather delays and technical challenges slow down progress on the Self Build Education House - but the ground floor ICF walls are poured

Chris Bates
Pouring the Ground Floor ICF Walls

Installing the Posi-Joist Floor

The next phase of the Build It Education House project is to fit the first floor posi-joists, which will create an open web for services and ventilation ducts

Chris Bates
Installing the Posi-Joist Floor

Finishing the ICF Walls & Gables

The ICF walls are poured! Find out how we navigated some complex design details and minute tolerances to push the Education House project forward

Chris Bates
Finishing the ICF Walls & Gables

Installing the SIPs Roof

The SIPs roof of our real-life self build project goes on - giving us wow factor vaulted ceilings and a pre-insulated loft space

Chris Bates
Installing the SIPs Roof

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Vote for Your Favourite Front Door Colour for the Build It Education House
PROJECT PHASE: First Fix

We’ve not reached this phase of our self build project yet; stay tuned for the next update from the Education House...

PROJECT PHASE: Second Fix

We’ve not reached this phase of our self build project yet; stay tuned for the next update from the Education House...

PROJECT PHASE: Finishes & Snagging

We’ve not reached this phase of our self build project yet; stay tuned for the next update from the Education House...

Education House Official Partners

The key to a successful project is bringing the right partners on board. Find out why Build It magazine has chosen to work with the following companies for our very own self build

Nu-Heat Underfloor Heating
Nu-Heat
Underfloor Heating

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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Amina Invisible Speakers
Amina
Invisible Speakers

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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Jotul Gas Stove
Jotul
Gas Stove

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 Jotul gas stove for maximum control.

ICF Supplies ICF Structural System
ICF Supplies
ICF Structural System

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.

Environment Logic Solar Electric Panels
Environment Logic
Solar Electric Panels

Environment Logic is 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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Lapd Architects Architect
Lapd Architects
Architect

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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Drewett & Hunt Main Contractor
Drewett & Hunt
Main Contractor

D&H is our main contractor for the post-watertight phase. Recommended by Lapd, the Oxfordshire building firm has nearly 40 years’ experience.

Hard Rock Flooring Porcelain Floor Tiles
Hard Rock Flooring
Porcelain Floor Tiles

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!

IDSystems Internal & External Sliding Doors
IDSystems
Internal & External Sliding Doors

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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Total Home Environment MVHR
Total Home Environment
MVHR

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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SIPCO SIPs Roof
SIPCO
SIPs Roof

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 Roof Tiles
Dreadnought Tiles
Roof Tiles

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.

Self-Build Zone Warranty & Insurance
Self-Build Zone
Warranty & Insurance

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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Moss Technical Smart Home Technology
Moss Technical
Smart Home Technology

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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Kloepping TSS Staircase
Kloepping TSS
Staircase

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.

JB Kind Internal Doors
JB Kind
Internal Doors

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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Russwood Siberian Larch Cladding
Russwood
Siberian Larch Cladding

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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Alchester Tiles & Bathrooms Bathrooms & Wall Tiles
Alchester Tiles & Bathrooms
Bathrooms & Wall Tiles

Alchester Tiles & Bathrooms is a local specialist that's already proving popular on Graven Hill. We were taken by their roomset-based showroom, which helped us visualise the options.

Kloeber Windows & Front Door
Kloeber
Windows & Front Door

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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Screedflo Self-Levelling Liquid Screed
Screedflo
Self-Levelling Liquid Screed

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.

We are delighted to be working with Graven Hill as the home of Build It's Self Build Education House. Visit the Graven Hill hub for more information on the UK's largest ever self build scheme.

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