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C – Site preparation and resistance to contaminants and moisture

The Approved DocumentsApproved documents (England) are detailed publications which come under the English Building Regulations. They are based on tried and tested methods of building and if you follow them you are assured of complying with the Regs. The equivalents for Scotland are the Technical Handbook, for Wales: the Approved documents (Wales), and […]

UK self build context

AlmereAlmere is an area of new self build near Amsterdam where people have been given a great deal of freedom concerning the design of houses has over 700 plots including 3000 houses and flats

There is a rapidly growing interest in self build in the UK, but what is self build?

Well it tends […]

Land for selfbuild

Land – God isn’t making any more of it! – goes the old saying. And in the UK a huge amount of the available building land is already in the ownership of the large volume builders, ready for the day they want to develop it. Also the social landlords such as housing associations tend […]

Finding Land

This takes a great deal of perseverance because we live in such a close packed country where land prices are relatively high. Alongside this is the Green Belt planning policy which makes it very difficult to get planning permissionthe legal basis for being allowed to do some form of development such as building a house. […]