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.
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 (...)
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. (...)
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 (...)
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 (...)
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 (...)
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 (...)
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, (...)
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 (...)
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 (...)
“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 (...)
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!