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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.

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 (...)
Designing a house in Zimbabwe

Designing a house in Zimbabwe

Busy week at the HPD offices, with multiple planning and building regs applications on the go. Also working on some new designs which will be ready soon. Highlight of the week however was producing a rendered fly-through of a luxury design to be built in Zimbabwe! Designing a house in (...)
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 are inexpensive to build, being a small single storey home.  Bungalows became ever more popular after both world wars and were ideal for disabled people because of the accessibility for (...)
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 February offer until the end of 2018. How does it work? Select a house plan you like and purchase it via our secure online ordering system. Use the secure link (...)
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 Free Upgrades February. Watch the video to see how it works, and how you can make the most of it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S1qJObqKgUA   How does it work? Select a house (...)
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 right from the outset. To enable you to channel as much as light into your new home as possible, the positioning of your home will be vitally important and this, (...)
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 by a lake, river or canal.  In the UK we have extensive waterways to choose from so building a waterside home not an impossible dream. There are definite emotional and (...)
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, window manufacturers, as to what type of home they would want to live in for the rest of their lives (Homebuilding and Renovating Magazine, November 2017) Perhaps not surprisingly, when (...)
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 local planners. Here’s how to do it right. Photo: Jonathan Billinger Reclaiming building materials or furniture certainly isn’t for all of us but it is definitely an increasing pastime and (...)
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 these days for young people to leave their parents’ home and get themselves on the property ladder because of continued property inflation over the last couple of decades. At the (...)

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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