Meet the Self-Build Experts at Homebuilding & Renovating

Self Build Zone, working in partnership with Homebuilding and Renovating, are at Excel this week and are making available various Experts from the Industry to answer any questions or assist visitors with their Projects.

Included are:

  • Approved Inspectors dealing with any questions on Building Control
  • Claims and Loss Adjusters if you are have any specific claims issues
  • Specialist Surveyors and Valuers who deal with Technical Audits and Property Valuations (including Listed Properties)
  • Experts on Fire Risk Assessments and Fire Risk Engineering if you have any questions regarding Loss Prevention or Fire Risks for Residential or Commercial Risks.
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Conversion of a Dutch Barn into a 5-bedroom House

Build-Zone provided a comprehensive All Risks Site Insurance Policy which included cover for the New Works & Materials, the Existing Structure, Equipment & Plant in addition to Public & Employers’ Liability for this project. The project was a conversion of a Dutch Barn into a 5-bedroom dwelling undertaken as a self-build.

Build-Zone also provided a Self-Build Warranty following Building Control sign- off and completion of the Technical Audit process, facilitated by their in-house Technical Services.

The build was undertaken by Woodstock Design and Build Ltd who looked after every aspect of the design and construction process on time and within budget.

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Self-Build Zone & Build-Zone, to exhibit at Build It Live in Bicester

Self-Build Zone and Build-Zone will be exhibiting at Build It Live Bicester. The show will take place on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th June 2018 at Bicester Heritage Event Centre, providing a whole weekend of inspiration and expert guidance all under one roof.

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Build It Live Bicester is packed full of practical information and tips that will educate and inspire you. Here is a taster of what you can expect from the show:

  • Meet hundreds of the UK’s leading suppliers, see thousands of products on display and specify the right items for your project.
  • Build It Live features dozens of daily FREE demonstrations, seminars and workshops. From eco-friendly construction techniques, to securing a plot for your build, our interactive talks are there to guide you in the right direction.
  • Meet Build It’s team of industry experts, with decades of knowledge and experience under their belts. Ask them questions and even show them your plans for top tips on making your project a success. Make sure you book a session early in the day, for a FREE face-to-face consultation with some of the most experienced names in the self-build and renovation industry.
  • See a cut-away show home at ‘1st-fix’ – a fascinating insight into how things are installed, from ICF blockwork to underfloor heating. Click here to see who is contributing to this year’s Naked House.
  • Make sure you visit Build It Live’s new Land Zone to discover the various routes to finding the right plot for your build. The Land Zone will offer valuable tips for finding land including a gallery of available plots plus information about the latest custom build (serviced plots) projects across the UK.
  • FREE taster sessions from the Self-Build Academy delivered by Potton – providing essential knowledge for all self-builders. View the timetable here.
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NaCSBA’s 10-Point Plan Boosts Self-Build

Despite the impending challenge of negotiating a Brexit deal, the issue of housing will undoubtedly remain a key issue for the next government.

NaCSBA’s 10-Point Plan Boosts Self-Build

Even though there have been many calls to boost the number of new homes in the UK to 200,000 per year, actual numbers are still falling well short of this. There remains a severe shortage of housing, not least at the affordable end of the price spectrum.

Last week I wrote about the FMB’s plan, addressing how the next government can grow the number of dwellings built annually. Now the National Custom and Self-Build Association (NaCSBA) is eager to ensure the issue remains at the forefront of national policy with their manifesto of 10 key points that can help enable a significant boost to self and custom build. Central to their proposal is the need to tackle the two biggest obstacles to one-off projects – finding land and getting planning permission.

NaCSBA are also keen to raise the public profile of the Right to Build scheme, which has the potential to force the hand of local authorities throughout England in providing more serviced plots, but only if there is sufficient awareness of it amongst those interested in self-building.

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Alok Sharma opens UK’s first ‘plot shop’ for self and custom-build homes

The UK’s first-ever ‘plot shop’ has been officially opened in the town of Bicester in Oxfordshire by the housing and planning minister Alok Sharma.

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The plot shop is located on the high street and the outlet will sell plots of land on the Graven Hill site in Oxfordshire to those who wish to build their own home.

The Graven Hill development is set to be the largest of its kind in the UK, delivering up to 1,900 new self and custom-build homes.

The plot shop promises to pioneer custom- and self-build as a mainstream choice for aspiring homeowners.

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