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.
The Paragraph 79 clause of the National Planning Policy Framework, and its previous guises of PPS7 and PPG7, allows new homes to be built in the countryside, including in the green belt. We explain how it works
Ordering the wrong quantities can cost you £1,000s in wasted spend over the course of a project. Peter Eade reveals the secrets of professional measuring
The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) was a huge burden to self builders, so it is important to know why it was introduced and how to ensure you are exempt
Choosing what to build your house or extension out of is a key part of the build process. Here we highlight the considerations you’ll need to make before making your decision
Barbara Jones, an expert on building with straw bale, explains why this natural, strong and thermally efficient material could be a cost-effective choice for your self build or extension project
Learn more about cross laminated timber: an innovative build material that produces airtight, well-insulated homes that are weathertight in days
Using a single company to manage the design and build of your new home is highly attractive, but makes the choice of supplier all the more critical
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