Welcome to the latest self build news, ideas and opinions from Houseplansdirect.

Looking for the latest self build news, or just interested in what we’ve been up to in the last week? Check out our round up below.

Modern Chalet Bungalow ready for Building Control

Modern Chalet Bungalow ready for Building Control

It’s been a busy first week back for us at Houseplansdirect. Work has been completed for clients in locations as diverse as rural Hertfordshire, even more rural Scotland, and suburban Nottinghamshire. And one of our designs is being exported to Lithuania! First, the modern chalet bungalow in our picture We (...)

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New house design: The Kenchester

New house design: The Kenchester

Introducing a new house design to our range, The Kenchester – an executive-style, 2.5 storey home with more than a hint of New England flair. The latest new house design in our collection features four spacious bedrooms, with the Master Suite occupying the entire Second Floor. With its own en-suite (...)

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How to Convert Your Garage to Gain Extra Space

How to Convert Your Garage to Gain Extra Space

If you need a little extra room and are wondering how to convert your garage to create an extra bedroom, office or annexe, here are some useful tips. Do you use your garage to store your car or is it just a space to keep garden items such as lawnmowers, (...)

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What’s the difference between Planning Permission and Building Regulations?

What’s the difference between Planning Permission and Building Regulations?

Many prospective self-builders don’t know the difference between planning permission and building regulations when they first embark on their project – but why would they? Unless you’ve undertaken major building works before, it’s not something you are likely to have come up against. If you are building your own home (...)

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Bungalow designs and layouts: why we revamped The Turnastone design

Bungalow designs and layouts: why we revamped The Turnastone design

Consumer tastes evolve constantly, as do the technologies and building methods which create them. So it is inevitable that from time to time, designs which have been committed to paper (or PDF, in our case) will need a fresh look. The Turnastone is our case study in this instance, and (...)

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Can I draw my own plans for Building Regs?

Can I draw my own plans for Building Regs?

“Can I draw my own plans for Building Regs, or do I need to pay you to do it?” It’s the sort of question to which there is no right or wrong answer, as an architectural designer. Say yes, of course you can have a go, and there’s a possibility (...)

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Building On A Sloping Site: Five Things To Consider

Building On A Sloping Site: Five Things To Consider

Are you building on a sloping site, or interested in doing so? Not all sites are created equal. Finding a plot of land in your preferred area, with easy connection to services and for right price can be tricky. Sometimes the right plot might resemble something Eddie the Eagle might (...)

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Bungalow Renovation Ideas: Giving the Highbridge design a facelift

Bungalow Renovation Ideas: Giving the Highbridge design a facelift

This week in the HPD office, we’ve been putting some bungalow renovation ideas to the test. One of our oldest and most popular house plans, the Highbridge, is currently being customised for a client, so we decided it was time to give the original design a facelift. Advances in architectural (...)

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Powys Planning Application Approved

Powys Planning Application Approved

The first week of October saw another successful planning application for the Houseplansdirect / Cadtech Design team. Our Powys planning application, seeking approval of a modest family home in the town of Presteigne, was approved by the local council’s Planning Committee after a hearing at County Hall in Llandrindod Wells. (...)

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Right to Build Day 2019

Right to Build Day 2019

Right to Build Day 2019 is coming on 30th October – what does it mean for prospective self-builders? Did you know that the UK has the lowest number of custom and self build homes anywhere in the world? This may seem like a surprising statistic given the severe housing crisis (...)

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At Houseplansdirect, we are constantly involved in the latest developments in the self-build industry. We speak to local authorities, developers and suppliers on a daily basis. This gives us great insight into the challenges facing those wanting to build their own home.

This page collects all of our thoughts on what’s new in self-building. We look at the latest news to see how it might affect planning laws or funding. We’ll share opinions from industry leaders, and articles which may be of interest to anyone looking to build their own home. At the same time, we also keep you updated as to what’s been going on at our offices and any interesting or unusual projects we’ve been working on. There are also new designs constantly in the pipeline, so we introduce them here when they’re ready.

Not everyone is in a position to build their own home right now, of course. With this in mind, we also look at improving your current home, and how to go about it. Our team are happy to share tips and articles which may be of interest to our customers. We appreciate that the world of self build can be daunting but we hope we can make it easier to navigate!

Please let us know what you think of our news and blog posts. We are always interested in feedback from visitors. If there’s a subject you’d like us to look at, email [email protected] or send us a message via our Contact Us page. Thanks for reading this far down the page and we hope to hear from you soon!

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