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7 suggestions for building a home to last

How to plan a forever home today. 

My parents built their ‘forever’ home in the early 1950s in the wilds of Essex – well, Romford, but let’s not quibble. 

Its walls were single-leaf uninsulated brickwork, the windows galvanised steel frames, with single glazing that streamed with condensation after a cold night, and the heating a mix of coal and gas fires and the odd electric bar heater. ...


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Why 2021 will be a better year for selfbuilders

Andrew Baddeley-Chappell is excited about the government’s plans to encourage more selfbuilders.

Recent government announcements have been the most important for selfbuilders since the Right to Build legislation in 2015 made it easier to access land with planning permission in place.

On Right to Build Day (October 30), the Housing Secretary announced a review of the effectiveness of the legislation. This is something that the National Custom and Self Build Association has been calling for as it became increasingly aware of the loopholes and limitations of the current law. ...


News

Right to regenerate proposal to develop unused properties

The public will be able to convert vacant plots and derelict buildings into new homes or community spaces under proposals announced by Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick....

House builds up

The number of new homes under construction increased by 111% in the third quarter of 2020 to 35,710, according to official government statistics. A total of 45,000 homes were completed in the same period, representing a 185% increase on the previous quarter....

Festive cheer for selfbuilders

The government has announced plans to create more new homes for England’s cities with the January launch of a £100m Brownfield Land Release fund. ...

RIBA calls for greener homes

RIBA has called on the government to make homes more energy efficient by bringing forward a national retrofit strategy. ...

FMB calls for government support

Ninety per cent of builders face rising costs, as supply chain disruptions and rising product demand are making it hard for building....

Building materials shortage

Building products such as screws, fixings, plumbing products and natural stone imported from the Far East are struggling to get to UK ports, leading to widespread shortages in the DIY and construction sectors....