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Latest Blogs

  • Building the ICF Walls

    Posted by Gill Meller on Thursday 18th December 2014

    Once the concrete slab was power floated (more or less) and cured we could start thinking about bringing up the walls. The house is single storey, and has one large retaining rear wall which holds back the ground on the east and north elevations. The south and west elevations...

  • A Positive Update

    Posted by Rebecca Clutton on Friday 5th December 2014

    We’re quite astounded at the progress that’s been made over the last few weeks. Our builders have really impressed us with their perseverance through the bad weather and although we had to spend an afternoon digging a ditch to drain away a huge amount of rainwater, the footings...

  • Section 106 Abolished for Self-builders

    Posted by on Friday 28th November 2014

    Section 106 Exemption Confirmed for Self-builders   Homebuilding & Renovating and NaCSBA can claim a major success in their efforts to help self-builders across the UK with news announced by DCLG today (Friday 28 November). People building their own homes will now be exempt...

  • Rain rain go away!

    Posted by Rebecca Clutton on Friday 14th November 2014

    It’s been a busy few weeks since my last post – mainly monitoring a number of weather apps and forecasts to see if we are ever going to get a decent break from the rain! Foundation work was meant to start last month but, because of various delays, it is now due to start on...

  • October update

    Posted by Darren Findlow on Monday 3rd November 2014

    Ok, so I know it’s November, but only just, so forgive me! In the last couple of weeks we have seen the SIPs panels installed, extra insulation has gone in, battening has begun and the sandblasting of the oak frame should be finished by tomorrow. Oh and we planted 1,000 bluebell...

  • 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...