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Watch this space for real life project blogs from self-builders and renovators. You'll also find news, views and comments from the Editors and Experts behind Homebuilding & Renovating magazine. If you're interested in writing a blog on your own project, please get in touch.

Latest Blogs

  • Start Date

    Posted by Alison Bishop on Wednesday 25th February 2015

    Finally, got a real, bone fide start date for the build! Eek! Is this really happening??? Everything starts on the 2nd of March. It’s so exciting to be thinking about real things that are going to happen and to actually write a to-do-list where I can tick things off! Here’s the...

  • Visual Diary

    Posted by Laura Lewis-Davies on Sunday 22nd February 2015

    From our site at first sight (back in October) to the present day with our poured concrete foundations.

  • Role Reversal

    Posted by Laura Lewis-Davies on Sunday 22nd February 2015

    So, since we broke ground on Wednesday 4th February visible progress has been made with the ground works, which has included: • Completion of site reduction (i.e. digging out the top layer of the site). 3 days, 2 men, 1 digger and a lot of lorries taking the top soil away –...

  • Four Candles

    Posted by Laura Lewis-Davies on Saturday 7th February 2015

    Well, we broke ground this week – a less momentous occasion than I’d expected actually. We had intended to start on the Monday, but this was put back to the Tuesday due to digger availability (always book your diggers well in advance!) so I had to tell work that I didn’t need...

  • Money, money, money, it’s so funny… no, no it’s not

    Posted by Laura Lewis-Davies on Sunday 1st February 2015

    So, I had intended to start this blog by interrogating the detail of every painful encounter with the Housing Association (who we bought the land from), the solicitors (ours and theirs) and the bank (and their lovely mortgage brokers) but after a fortnight of what can only be...

  • I see a house (well, a bit of it)

    Posted by Rebecca Clutton on Sunday 1st February 2015

    Just an update post really and a chance to show off some photos! Although the frame erection was supposed to start last week, a problem with the contractors appointed by the frame company meant that we are now a week behind and due to start tomorrow. A few huge deliveries...

  • Christmas Has Come Late...

    Posted by Alison Bishop on Friday 30th January 2015

    Christmas has come late in more ways than one! My little boy keeps on saying “Mummy, it’s snowing! Father Christmas will be coming again!” It’s kind of hard to burst his little bubble and not let him into the secret that actually, Christmas sort of has come a little late for us...

  • The Start Is In Sight

    Posted by Joe Shimbart on Sunday 25th January 2015

    I took the picture a few days ago near to the plot. The thought of living near views like this is keeping me going. I had hoped to start building by now but there have been a variety of obstacles, barriers and complications to get through. The good news is I am nearly there...

  • The Story So Far…

    Posted by Laura Lewis-Davies on Sunday 25th January 2015

    So we moved into our first self build Christmas 2010 when it was just about, pretty much, mostly, habitable. We spent the majority of 2011 getting it finished – skirting boards, internal doors, bathroom tiles, shower fittings etc. There was a lot to do – and it was exhausting!...

  • In a Nutshell

    Posted by Laura Lewis-Davies on Monday 19th January 2015

    So we're about to break ground with our second self build. It should be easy, shouldn't it — we've done it before; we know what to expect... Hmmm... our main learn so far is that no two self builds are the same. No matter how many weird anomalies you encounter and resolve the...

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