Welcome to our blog, covering the latest news, ideas and opinions from the world of self build homes.

At Houseplansdirect, we eat, sleep and dream about self build homes. We continually scour the web looking for new design ideas, reading up on changes in legislation, and learning about new construction techniques and products from around the world. This blog is our way of helping you pick out the best and most relevant information from the huge amount out there.

Living in a Bungalow: Why It Could Work For You

Living in a Bungalow: Why It Could Work For You

Living in a bungalow has been an obvious choice for a lot of people for over 150 years, because they ...
Celebrating 10 Years!

Celebrating 10 Years!

It’s our 10th birthday – but all the gifts are for you! For starters, we are extending our Free Upgrades ...
Welcome to Free Upgrades February!

Welcome to Free Upgrades February!

For a limited time only, we are offering free amendments on all of our ready-made house designs as part of ...
How To Bring Light Into Your Home – A Self Builder’s Guide

How To Bring Light Into Your Home – A Self Builder’s Guide

Working out how to bring light into your home is a very important detail that you will want to get ...
Building A Waterside Home

Building A Waterside Home

We probably all dream of living in a home that looks out over the water, either by the sea or ...
Lifetime Homes: Have You Found Your Forever Home?

Lifetime Homes: Have You Found Your Forever Home?

What would you look for in your “forever” home? A survey of 2,00 homeowners has been carried out by Origin, ...
Reclaiming Building Materials: How to give your new home the ‘wow’ factor

Reclaiming Building Materials: How to give your new home the ‘wow’ factor

Reclaiming building materials can give your new self-build home a unique or personal touch and often goes down well with ...
Multi-Generational Living in the UK

Multi-Generational Living in the UK

Are we seeing a return to the days of multi-generational living in the UK? It gets more and more difficult ...
Assessing a Building Plot: The Checklist

Assessing a Building Plot: The Checklist

Do you know what to look for when assessing a building plot? Here’s our guide to the things you need ...
Finding A Building Plot: What You Need To Know

Finding A Building Plot: What You Need To Know

Finding a building plot that suits your needs will be a decision that you want to get right from the outset. ...
UK Self Build Sector “To Double By 2018”

UK Self Build Sector “To Double By 2018”

A UK self build market report has suggested the sector will double by 2018 as local councils do more to ...
How much will your self build home cost?

How much will your self build home cost?

For many who aspire to one day build the house of their dreams, the actual financial side of things is ...
Designing Your Own Home: How To Customise Our Plans

Designing Your Own Home: How To Customise Our Plans

The styles and finishes shown on our website are just examples – if you’ve found a house type that you ...
London Self Build: Boris Johnson makes £5m available

London Self Build: Boris Johnson makes £5m available

Mayor pledges £5 million to fund a series of London self build projects on brownfield sites around the capital. Making use ...
Planning Wood Flooring In Your Self Build

Planning Wood Flooring In Your Self Build

If you are contemplating fitting wood flooring in your self-build project, you will soon come across many options and considerations. ...
Revealed: The Top 10 UK Self Build Counties

Revealed: The Top 10 UK Self Build Counties

Plot-finding website reveals most searched-for UK self build counties – where are Britain’s dream-building hotspots? Every January, Plotsearch sees a ...
Right to Build 2014: What It Means To You

Right to Build 2014: What It Means To You

Right to Build 2014: What It Means To You Anyone with an interest in self build will have heard about ...
Self build Bicester: first UK community gets go-ahead

Self build Bicester: first UK community gets go-ahead

Oxfordshire will play host to the UK’s first self build community, after the purchase of 187 hectares of surplus land ...
Experts: Councils should hand over self build land

Experts: Councils should hand over self build land

Experts: Councils should be forced to hand over self build land. The UK’s leading think tank has urged the government ...
UK Government Gets Behind Self-Builders

UK Government Gets Behind Self-Builders

The UK Government has launched a series of self build grants and initiatives to help those wanting to build their ...
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