Mark Stevenson has worked as a construction professional for almost 30 years and following an extensive career in housebuilding became Managing Director of Potton where he now helps self builders build their own homes.
Whilst Mark describes himself as a ‘professional builder’ as a result of his career in housebuilding and timber systems manufacturing, he has specialist knowledge of timber construction and extensive expertise in finding land and appraising building plots.
He regularly shares his knowledge at Homebuilding & Renovating Shows and in Potton’s Self Build Academy where he leads the finding land and how to build seminar programme.
Aside from Mark’s professional career, his skills also extend to practical building knowledge as a skilled joiner, hands-on renovator and serial self-builder of his own development projects.
He is also Vice Chair of industry body, the Structural Timber Association.
Our expert Mark Stevenson explains what you need to know about part H of the building regulations so you can get your drainage right and avoid costly mistakes on your project
Some aspects of self build are not as glamorous as others —but they are hugely important to get right. Here, self build expert Mark Stevenson gives his advice on how to install your mains drainage and services
Mark Stevenson looks at how a project timeline is managed and what tools the professionals use to make sure the build gets started, and finished, on time
Timber frame construction is one of the best options for self builders wanting speedy build times and a beautiful, energy efficient home. We explain all to help you decide if this is the right route for you
Finding a self build plot isn't easy. This guide explores the places to look for a plot and the potential pitfalls to avoid
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
Planning Hub Plots in designated areas, such as an AONB or Conservation Area, hold strong appeal to self builders - but can you actually get permission from the local planners to build?
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!
Planning Hub Understanding the rules around securing planning permission to demolish and rebuild is essential to make sure you don't waste money on a plot you can't develop