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Every year, more than 20,000 people in Britain take the plunge and build their own home. After all, why should you settle for a developer-built box, when it's possible to build a better quality property for less money? You can do as little or as much hands-on building work as you want. In fact, as long as you help design and organise the project, you still count as a self-builder. But where exactly do you start?

The new Haynes Build Your Own House Manual is a comprehensive step-by-step guide that takes you through the entire process from finding a suitable plot and design to completion and snagging.  This website provides lots of back-up information, contacts and specialist links for readers of the Haynes Build Your Own House Manual - things like tables and technical data that are too lengthy to publish in book form.

Here you will also find some FREE sample specifications and documents,  invaluable when you're putting together a new construction project.   Plus there’s some additional technical info for some more complex designs.

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Extra  background information

                                                    and useful links...

 for readers of the Haynes Build Your Own House manual   

 

Chapter 2        extra!      Funding  and budgeting

SelfBuild costs - before you draw up your budget, check out this list

 

Travis Perkins’ project cost estimator

 

Chapters 3 & 4    extra!   The Plot

Buying land and property in Scotland

 What exactly are you building on?

   Find out with UK Geological maps

 

Chapter 5     extra!        Design

     

CAD design software     Solid edge    Cadstd

houseplansdirect.co.uk

SelfBuild associations

Community Self-Build Agency

Architects

Calculating floor spans

Calculating  roof spans

Calculating foundations

 

National SelfBuild Association

Materials

 

 

 Timber -its properties & uses

Timber I-joists

Concrete mixes

Push-fit plastic plumbing    

Chapter 6      extra!         Green targets

Software to calculate SAP ratings (Standard Assessment Procedure)

Sample SAP form

The Code for sustainable homes

Non-conventional construction - cob, straw, hemp

Green Materials

Green Roofs

Home energy sources - electricity, gas, oil,
Wind turbines
How to save water
How to save energy

Insulating with hemp  

 

Chapter 7    extra!        Planning

Permitted Development Rights – PDRs

Conservation Area design guide

Sample Planning application forms  - and how to fill them in

 

Chapter 8   extra!         Building Regs

Building Regs - Competent persons schemes                                      

Building Regs helpful guidance for Part M

Disabled access

Building Regs - room ventilation
More room ventilation regs
Window insulation & U-values - Part L

More about windows

 

Chapters 9 & 10     extra!         Builders & Project Management    

Trades - see exactly which tasks each trade does

See lists of contractors and trades by postcode and trade, monitored and rated:-

 www.homepro.com         www.trustmark.org.uk 

Download a FREE Building Contract

Sample specification and contract documents

Package deal firms
How to handle disputes with builders
Staying alive - say no to serious injuries and death on site!

The Party Wall Act

 

Chapter 11     extra!                 Groundwork & drainage

Minimum widths of strip foundations

Private Drainage

Drainage - pipe materials

Chapters 12-14        extra!             The Build 

Checking brickwork
Fireplace construction

Calculate the volume of concrete required in cubic metres (and type).

‘multiconverter’ programme on website   www.bluechillies.com

Paving and driveways

 

 

 

        GLOSSARY

    Technical words colour our conversations...

    ...but what do they   actually mean?

STAMP  DUTY

   

Check current tax rates

for purchasing land and property

 

Architect's Certificate providers for New Build or Conversion

architectscertificate.co.uk 

 

 

 

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