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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.

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. In this guide to planning wood flooring for your self-build, we look at some of the common scenarios you are likely to face. These are legal noise reduction obligations, type (...)
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 huge surge in people using its services to try to locate the dream plot for their self build project. But which areas of the UK were most desired in 2014? (...)
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 the government’s ‘Right to Build 2014‘ scheme, designed to encourage those who are considering building their own home to take the plunge. But what does it mean, and how can (...)
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 at MoD Bicester moved plans for a 1,900 home scheme closer. Cherwell District Council will also provide one million square metres of commercial space on the site at Graven Hill, (...)
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 to use new powers to force councils who do not build enough housing to hand over unused land to self-builders. They believe that the country needs to build 1.5 million (...)
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 own home, including those on low incomes. Communities Minister Don Foster has announced new measures designed to open up the self-build market to a broader range of UK taxpayers, with specific (...)

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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