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Latest Blogs

  • Right to Build Bill - the Future for Self-build

    Posted by on Thursday 23rd October 2014

    Last night – Wednesday 22 October 2014 – I attended, along with other NaCSBA board members and a few guests from industry – a private briefing from Richard Bacon MP, who is leading a private member’s bill which introduces the Right to Build. In a passionate and very eloquent...

  • Natural Building Materials

    Posted by Joe Shimbart on Saturday 18th October 2014

    I took the photograph above a couple of years ago it is called ‘Solar versus Oil’. It is I feel a good pictorial representation of the dilemma I have faced concerning natural and petrochemical materials for my project. I have decided after a lot of thought to stay with the idea...

  • The Heating Dilemma

    Posted by Rebecca Clutton on Wednesday 15th October 2014

    The most confusing decision we have had to make has been what heating system to install. At the beginning of our project a few years ago, we were told by several people that we HAD to have a renewable heat source with underfloor heating. We live in a rural area and have been...

  • Onwards and Upwards

    Posted by Lindsey Davis on Monday 13th October 2014

    I’ve been a little quiet on the blog front since my last post about our mouldy little house. Perhaps it was the trauma of mould-gate or because we weren’t entirely sure what we were going to do next.

  • Sipping it up

    Posted by Darren Findlow on Friday 10th October 2014

    Another eventful week on site. In just 5 days, the guys from Glosfords have almost covered the timber frame with SIP’s (Structural Insulated Panels). In true Grand Designs fashion, a miscommunication of measurements held us up by a week. It’s had a substantial knock-on effect...

  • How do you solve a problem like skirtings?

    Posted by Olli Blair on Tuesday 7th October 2014

    Early on in our project design we decided to put the insulation on the outside of the building, wrapping the house in a blanket of woodfibre. This allows us to have breathable construction where any moisture (in the form of water vapour) can pass through the construction and...

  • Preparing to Design a Low Energy Self Build

    Posted by Sue Dewhirst on Tuesday 7th October 2014

    In this vlog, Sue explains how to get started on your low energy self build

  • You Raise Me Up!

    Posted by Darren Findlow on Friday 26th September 2014

    As promised, at 8am on a lovely sunny Monday morning, our oak frame arrived on the back of a lorry looking like some huge Jenga puzzle. It was swiftly and methodically unloaded and even this step seemed to have been calculated so that the pieces were in the right place for when...

  • Money, Money Money!

    Posted by Rebecca Clutton on Friday 26th September 2014

    We are in the very fortunate position of having a decent amount of equity in our current house; purely by having jumped onto the property ladder at exactly the right time; some 20 years ago when we were just approaching our 20’s; with no worries in the world! Having secured the...

  • Frame Ordered!

    Posted by Rebecca Clutton on Thursday 18th September 2014

    So, another big decision was made last week. We had originally aimed to have the frame up by Christmas but, having considered how things are going, have re-jigged our ideas to push it to the first week of the New Year.