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On completion

No, a selfbuild house never seems complete, but at the stage commonly called practical completionthis is the point at which basically all the building work is complete and you can move in. There may be the odd small outstanding item and occasionally minor defects may show up over the following months various things come into […]



With a straight forward new self build you can reclaim most of the VAT. However when it comes to conversions, extensions etc it gets more complicated.

the HM Revenue and Customs have the basics here. You can only make your claim once the building is certified as completed.

Mark Brinkley has a useful […]

Material prices

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.




In general, funding selfbuild projects has become much easier over the last fifteen years or so. Financial institutions have tailored their products to help with self build especially around making stage payments as the building progresses. This includes buying the land in the first place.

However, of course the present little glitch in the […]

Building Costs & Management

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 […]