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Getting services on site

Connecting your home to utilities such as electricity and water is often time-consuming and, depending on the site, can be expensive. Mike Hardwick explains what you need to know
Most self-builders look to have their phone lines run in trenches, but in some circumstances you may need to tap into a telegraph pole

One aspect common to every self-build project is the need to connect your new home to essential services. This will include water, foul drainage, electricity and telephone/ broadband, as well as utilities such as gas and cable if they are available.

Most of the time, the default option is to connect to the established grid for each commodity. But if certain services are not readily available or impracticable to use, an off-mains solution may be required. This month, I’m looking at how to get your utilities on site and how to decide on the best route for your project.

An overview

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The August edition of Build It magazine brings you all the inspiration & practical advice you need to complete your home building project on time and on budget, including: • A stunning self-build on a countryside plot (page 20) • 10 way to maximise light and space (page 62) • 7 lightweight cladding options (page 67) • Find out whether triple glazing makes sense (page 79) • How to rewire a period property (page 119) • Discover how to find land with real potential (page 123) … and more!