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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.

Do I need Planning Permission? 10 Projects That Don’t Need Planning Permission

Do I need Planning Permission? 10 Projects That Don’t Need Planning Permission

Apart from the obvious lick of paint or new carpet, have you ever wondered what home improvements you can carry out without going through the sometimes expensive and timely process of planning permission?  We reckon there’s probably more than you might think! We’ve done the research and we’ve uncovered 10 (...)
What is a Snagging List, and do I need one?

What is a Snagging List, and do I need one?

Unless you have worked in the construction industry, you will probably never have heard of the term “snagging”.  So you may be wondering “what is a snagging list?” If you are about to start, or are working on, a self build project you will need to know about snagging before (...)
Lincolnshire Planning Application Approved, and the effects of COVID-19 on self builds

Lincolnshire Planning Application Approved, and the effects of COVID-19 on self builds

While some Local Planning Departments have closed down altogether, and many are offering a very restricted service, others are managing to carry on as normal. The effects of COVID-19 and the enforced lockdown have seen many local authorities cut right back on planning services until things get back to normal. (...)
Are You Ready to Join the Tiny House Movement?

Are You Ready to Join the Tiny House Movement?

Is bigger always better? For those who make up the growing tiny house movement, it isn’t always the case. The movement is an architectural and social campaign that supports a simplistic lifestyle by residing in very small spaces. Those who support it view large homes — and more crucially, the (...)
Demolish and Replace A Dwelling: A Beginner’s Guide

Demolish and Replace A Dwelling: A Beginner’s Guide

Have you been searching for some time for the right plot of land in the right location to build your dream home? Would you consider buying a property just to re-use the land, or knocking down your existing home?  Due to the severe shortage of available land in the UK (...)
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 (...)
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 (...)
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, (...)
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 (...)
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 (...)

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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