What is ‘Right to Build’?

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What is ‘Right to Build’? Very simply, ‘Right to Build’ is a Government initiative (since 2016), encouraging more custom-build homes in the UK. It comes in response to the difficulty custom builders face in finding suitable land. ‘Right to Build’ gives custom builders the right to purchase a plot from a local council, who have an… Read more »

5 ways to build a low cost house

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Space saving ideas

More and more people in the UK are considering building their own home, particularly as getting onto the housing ladder is becoming increasingly less affordable. There are new government initiatives to encourage self-building in an effort to help solve the nation’s housing crisis with bodies such as the ‘National Custom and Self Build Association’ (Nacsba) behind… Read more »

How much does a self-build house cost?

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Self Build Architects from Design for Me. From Left to Right - Jake,Mark,Lucy,James,Liam,Felix

(Self Build Architects from Design for Me. From Left to Right – Jake, Mark, Lucy, James, Liam, Felix) Ever dreamed about having a house designed just for you? How good would it be to have control over the shape of every room, materials, fittings and fixtures! You ‘bespoke’ means ‘expensive’ but it might be more affordable than you think… especially when you consider there… Read more »

Loans for Self-Build | A simple summary

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Self Build Architects from Design for Me. From Left to Right - Jake,Mark,Lucy,James,Liam,Felix

Financing your self-build If you’re thinking of starting a self-build project, aside from the dreams of your ideal home, one of your first (practical) thoughts will likely be ‘how much will it cost?’ and ‘how can I find the money?’ There is a huge amount of very detailed information out there regarding loans for self-build, and getting an understanding of… Read more »

Prefabricated Self-Build Ideas from DfM

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Prefabricated self-builds, also known as ‘modular’ or ‘kit’ homes, have been around the UK since the 1920’s, but have only recently surged in popularity among home builders. So why the big fuss all of a sudden? Essentially, the shell, or exterior of these modular homes are constructed in a factory and then dropped onsite for… Read more »

Advantages of a Timber Frame Self-Build

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You have finally found the perfect plot to build on, have set a proper budget for your project, and are now ready to select a building material. Believe it or not, many UK homeowners in your shoes are turning away from brick and steel in favour of a different material…timber! That’s right, there has been… Read more »

Eco-design principles for your self-build

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Title image from Edward, architect from Tooting Bec, London. See his full profile and shortlist him for your project here.   Why Sustainable Design? Planning your dream eco-home? We’ve put together a brief summary of the main eco-design principles to follow when designing your new home. Most of us would agree that it is important… Read more »

Five reasons to hire an architect for your self-build

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Self-build inspiration

So you have finally settled on that perfect plot of land and have started brainstorming a vision for your ideal self-build. Wait a minute! Although the temptation to do as much on your own as possible is admirable, we have often found that it is risky business that can be devastating in the long run. Instead,… Read more »

Cob Houses

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Now, which construction technique will you adopt for your self-build? Trying to find a solution that’s easy on the environment as well as your bank account? Cob construction may well be the answer. Homes made with straw, clay and soil may seem to be out of date in today’s modern architectural world. But there are some… Read more »

Self build ideas and inspiration

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Self build ideas – from Design for Me’s architects and designers Looking for some self build ideas and inspiration? you are in the right place! Here are some of the best self build designs from the architects and designers on Design for Me. Click on the images below to see their full profiles and see… Read more »