The new planning changes add clarity to the clauses self builders must meet to build in the countryside
Timber frame houses offer self-builders and extenders an efficient and versatile build route — find out what's possible for your budget
Self build homes come in all shapes, sizes and specifications — but what is possible for your budget? Our gallery includes everything from DIY homes built for £100k to dream designs pushing boundaries (and budgets)
Concerns over nutrient neutrality in UK rivers means thousands of self builds are stuck in the planning process
One self builder’s misfortune is a lesson for all about the strict requirements for claiming Community Infrastructure Levy exemption
Is air conditioning worth it in the UK? We look at the types of systems available, how much they cost and the important factors you need to consider to decide if it’s right for you
Brick houses are a firm favourite among self-builders and extenders — find out how can you make the most of this material
The National Planning Policy Framework helps councils to make planning decisions, and it’s just undergone a major shake-up
Structural insulated panels are a modern method of construction that can be used for self builds and extensions. Learn more in our complete guide to SIPs
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