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Self Build Resources

posted by The BuildHUB on 29th Sep 2014

The idea of tackling a self-build project can often seem like a daunting task. With so many things to consider and so many barriers to overcome, it's hard to see why over ten thousand people a year choose to go it alone. Thankfully there is plenty of help at hand!! We've compiled a handy list of some of the very best online resources offering advice and support to self-builders.
The Self Build Portal is a government endorsed website set up by the National Custom and Self Build Association. If you're still in the 'thinking about it' stage of your project, you might want to check out their interactive guide to self-build, where you can explore the various build options, and also test whether you have a realistic budget to build what and where you want. 
Whilst there are many websites and services where budding self-builders can search for land and have chat with other like-minded individuals, there haven't – until now – been any that let you do both at the same time. Community Build was set up in response to this problem. If you're interested in joining or starting your very own community self-build project, then check it out. 
Finding a suitable plot land can be one of the biggest obstacles facing prospective self-builders, and to ensure you give yourself the best chance of success it's important to cast your search far and wide. Plotfinder is the leading website for buying and selling land in the UK, and thankfully does much of the hard work for you. For a small subscription fee, users have access to around 13,000 development opporunties across England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Scotland. 
The Planning Portal is an online service managed by the Department for Communities and Local Government, and provides a 'one stop shop' for anyone wishing to find out about the planning process in England and Wales. The interactive house ( is a great little tool for understanding the which rules and regulations apply to your project. If you're thinking of taking on a self-build in Scotland or Northern Ireland, they also provide some handy links where you can find more information on building in these locations. 
Ok, so we had to mention ourselves in this list, but if you're looking for some self-build inspiration, check out some of these fantastic projects ( submitted by our members. If you're currently taking on your own project, perhaps you'd like to set up your own blog and tell everyone all about it. We have a fantastic discussion forum where you can chat with other self-builders, and will also keep you right up to date with the latest industry news.    

Designing Buildings Wiki

According to Google a ‘Wiki’ is a website or database developed collaboratively by a community of users, allowing any user to add and edit content. And now, the kind people at Designing Buildings have published a step-by-step self-build guide that, in true wiki-stylee, is completely open access and can be added to and edited by other experienced self-builders or design/construction profes-sionals. It’s completely free to use, and covers the complete lifecycle of your project from concept right through to completion. So, if you’re looking for some handy self-build hints, or would perhaps like to impart some wisdom of your own, check it out.    
Do you know of any other self-build resources that our members may find useful? If so, leave us a comment below and we'll add it to our list...