The Right to Build – Your Complete Guide

On 31st October 2016, new legislation came into force establishing a Right to Build your own home. This potentially game-changing scheme means that councils have a duty to grant planning permission for sufficient serviced plots to meet demand, measured on so-called Right to Build registers, within a three-year period (and on an ongoing basis). This […]

How to Save £10,000s on your Self Build Project

If you’re in the early stages of planning a self build project, you’re probably focused on one thing: finding and buying the ideal plot of land at the best price you can. Creating your own home from scratch comes with many budgeting benefits, including the fact you won’t have to pay VAT on most of […]

Build It Awards Winners 2018 Announced

Here at Build It magazine we are committed to bringing our readers the latest news and products in the self build and renovation industry that will make carrying out their projects easier and let them build efficient homes. And every year we host the Build It Awards to celebrate the best of self build and […]

Custom Build Opportunities Growing & Other News

Custom build opportunities growing A development in East Kingskerwell, Devon, will provide 175 new homes – including nine plots for self and custom builds. The scheme shows the efficiency of the local Teignbridge Council’s innovative policy that developer-led projects of 20+ houses should allocate 5% of plots to those who want to create their own […]

Right to Build Summit Promotes Self-Builders

Yesterday’s Right to Build Summit at the House of Commons saw Richard Bacon MP welcome industry guests as he marked the Self-Build and Custom Housebuilding Act 2015 and the launch of the Right to Build Portal. He hosted the event alongside the All Party Parliamentary Group on Self-Build, Custom and Community Housebuilding and Placemaking and […]

Innovative Community Custom Build in Edinburgh

Architect John Kinsley’s lightbulb moment was sparked by reading a magazine article. “The piece was all about the merits of community projects in South America, where one in four new homes is created this way,” says John, who credits the article for his decision to collectively buy a plot  of land and construct a block […]

Upside Down Timber Frame House in Scotland

We were delighted when Aileen and Dave Downie got in touch with Fleming Homes to discuss their sixth self build project (their fifth built with timber frame). Having worked with them before, we knew they were consummate self builders and their projects are always interesting given the couple are ahead of the curve when it […]

Passivhaus Open Days: Best UK Homes to Visit

Passivhaus is a German standard developed in 1988 that aims to reduce the energy consumption of our buildings. In the UK, self builders have been adopting this model to reduce bills and carbon emissions. The main principle behind Passivhaus is to reduce heat loss in our homes. This is done by using  high levels of […]

What are Structural Insulated Panels?

SIPs (structural insulated panels) are pre-insulated panels that can form part of a building or whole buildings. The panels are made of either cement particle board (CPB) or, more commonly for self build, engineered wood-based sheets known as oriented strand boards (OSB). Two sheets of this are sandwiched together with a rigid insulation (such as […]

Fire Safety Regulations for Self Builders

We’ve all been shocked by the catastrophic result of fire spreading over the cladding at Grenfell Tower. It puts a sobering perspective on how crucial it is to make your new home safe, both in terms of stopping flames from travelling too far and having a suitable means of escape in place. Here I’m taking […]

NaCSBA’s 10-Point Plan Boosts Self-Build

Despite the impending challenge of negotiating a Brexit deal, the issue of housing will undoubtedly remain a key issue for the next government. Even though there have been a number of calls to boost the number of new homes in the UK to 200,000 per year, actual numbers are still falling well short of this. […]

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