The author of Building Your Own Home, David is a serial self builder and has been building homes for 50 years. He has just finished his fourteenth self build project.
Renovation insurance should be seriously considered, especially as works may not be covered by, or even invalidate, your existing home insurance policy
Ignoring the need for adequate self build insurance could leave you and your project in dire straits. Make sure you’re protected with this beginner’s guide
Planning Hub Don’t overlook the attached planning conditions in the euphoria of gaining planning approval. Failure to discharge conditions can invalidate the permission for your build — ignore them at your peril!
When building a house, understanding the process will help you keep track of the project and ensure you stick to schedule. Here, we break down the stages so you know exactly what to expect
Building Regulations are often needed whether you have applied for planning permission or not. Our guide explains what to do
Finding the right local carpenter for your project can take time. Seasoned self-builder David Snell explains how to find the right person to join your team and avoid lumbering yourself with any dead wood
Plumbers are one of the most vital trades in any build — and needed almost from day one. David Snell explains how to find the best plumber for your project
Groundworkers play an important role in a building project. Experienced self -builder David Snell shares his tips on finding and building a solid relationship with your groundworker
Need to find a roofer who won't leave your project in the gutter? Experienced self-builder David Snell reveals how to go about
Need to find the right local electrician for the job? Experienced self builder David Snell details how to avoid any nasty shocks
Looking for a good bricklayer? Follow these handy tips to ensure the relationship between you and your bricklayer avoids cracking under pressure
Painters and decorators are crucial to the flawless finish of your project, but are easily overlooked. Here's how to avoid falling into that pitfall
Many self-builders are unaware that their plot comes with restrictive covenants that limit what or even whether they can build on the land. David Snell explains what to look out for.
David Snell reveals the best ways to ensure you end up spending what you had originally intended on your project
Don’t buy a plot without first establishing that it has workable, lawful access. David Snell explains the implications of visibility splays
Explore the types of self build plots available and discover how you might be able to find a gem if you look beyond the obvious
Continuing our series examining build costs, serial self-builder David Snell looks at on-site drainage — with a complete cost breakdown and advice on how to reduce costs.
Where there’s money involved, it’s all too easy to get burnt when building or renovating a home. Veteran self-builder David Snell offers his inside tips to dealing with builders
Knowing how much a potential plot should cost is essential to avoid being ripped off or taking on a project that is not financially viable
Trying to choose between timber frame, masonry and SIPs? Comparing the costs of different structural walling systems can be tricky — but it’s well worth delving into the figures and finding ways to balance costs with quality
There are many advantages to building a new home in the garden of your existing house — a free plot for one. But there are also a few key points to consider, and pitfalls to avoid. Plotfinding expert David Snell explains all
Having mains electricity on site for your self build as early as possible is a definite bonus (and is essential for some stages of the process). Read on to find out who to contact, how much it will cost and what issues you might encounter
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