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Optimist? – Pessimist? – try Realist!
We all have our dreams of the perfectly built house. This is called optimism
We have all heard of nightmare scenarios involving builders. This might lead to pessimism and negative attitudes
Realism suggests we hope for the best and plan to avoid the worst. Hey presto […]
Although many of the builders merchants are a bit coy about publishing their prices, partly because of their obscure discount policies, here are a few price guides for building materials from suppliers on the internet. This may help with pricing up smaller self build jobs. With larger jobs you may be able to negotiate discounts.
see also A Pattern Language 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, Netherlands Designing with timber Lighting Stair design Window design
The Ashley Vale development in Bristol shows a wealth of creative input by the residents
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Self build, although demanding, can be very creative and great fun, especially […]
Denby Dale passivhausSee more on the PassivhausSee more on the Passivhaus standard. The PassivHaus Institute has pioneered a standard for low energy buildings. It includes very low energy usage and ways of achieving this. The word is derived from the idea of buildings which are fundamentally low energy and passive solar heated rather than using extra gadgets to heat them. See Passivhaus for the UK branch of the organisation. standard. The PassivHaus Institute has pioneered a standard for low energy buildings. It includes very low energy usage and ways of achieving this. The word is derived from the idea of buildings which are fundamentally low energy and passive solar heated rather than using extra gadgets to […]
For a self build project, the extent to which ‘greening’ the design of a building project increases the cost is a complex matter which depends on your priorities. It can be anything from a few percent to several hundred! Given that costs are a major issue for most people, it is important to have a […]
As a very rough rule of thumb, in average parts of the UK the cost of house building (excluding the land and excluding design fees) will vary between about £1000/m² for a very simple design with no frills up to about £1,800 for a house with quite a high design standard and a high specification […]