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Digital Subscriptions > Build It > July 2018 > 10 THINGS TO CONSIDER


Mike Hardwick sets out the key things to bear in mind before self-building your dream home


When Jonathan Bootland set out to build his dream home, he ended up modifying the plans numerous times to overcome objections from neighbours and his local planning department. “The neighbours created a posse, raising funds to employ a planning consultant who submitted an eight-page report to the local authority as to why planning should not be granted”, he says. “I just wasn’t prepared to give in and was adamant that this was going to be the site of our family home.”

I f you are seriously contemplating creating your own home, I’d be very surprised if you did so on a whim.

The more likely scenario is that you’ve researched the options and the processes involved in some detail so that things progress as smoothly as can be expected. After all, this is probably the biggest investment you’ll make, so you want it all to work well.

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Looking for ideas and practical advice to help you create a tailor-made home that suits your lifestyle perfectly? The July issue of Build It has you covered. Here's a sneak peek at what's inside: - Self-build secrets: 10 things you need to know before you build - How to get planning permission for your extension - PVCu windows: are they the right choice for your project? - The best ways to insulate foundations - Going off-grid: options for heating & electrics - Budgeting basics: how to get an accurate estimate for your build ...and more!