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Self-build mortgages

What to consider when applying for a self-build mortgage

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July 2018
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A careful approach
Rab and Esther Fall have found a potential site, but it doesn’t come with planning permission. Mike Dade assesses the likelihood of the couple being able to knockdown the former petrol station and replace it with a new dwelling
Ask the EXPERTS
Essential advice on your problems with building, budgeting, DIY & planning from the most experienced names in the self-build industry
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READERS’ HOMES
From little acorns
David and Jennifer Spillane’s modern oak frame home was their second self-build on the same large site – and the couple took the opportunity to put their experience into action
All wrapped up
Gillian and Shaun Robson encased a plain cottage in characterful brick and added two matching extensions to create a home that suits their needs and makes a beautiful statement in its protected rural setting
Out with the old
Dreaming of creating a green home with low running costs, Simon and Jill Page replaced their 1920s bungalow with a thermallyefficient new build
Modern seaside living
Taking a standard 1960s seaside bungalow and turning it into a lightfilled contemporary house packed with design flair, durable finishes and practical solutions has been a very personal project for Leigh and Charlotte Bowen
On the edge
Mandy and Tony Slater’s energy-efficient three-storey selfbuild home sits majestically on a sloping plot in Gloucestershire
RENOVATION & BUILDING
What is closed panel timber frame?
Chris Bates looks at why this structural system could be a good fit with your project goals
Swimming pools
Whether you’re thinking of installing a pool in your garden or inside your house, Emily Smith takes a look at the main options and what your budget might aff ord
Build cost basics: Should you use a quantity surveyor or an estimator?
Adrian Wild looks at the options for accurately pricing up your project
First impressions
Entrances and hallways set the tone for your whole property, so make them count with a smart front door, lots of natural light inside, and design flourishes such as statement stairs and lighting, says Emily Brooks
Are PVCu windows right for your project?
A budget-conscious option that has many other advantages – including, increasingly, good aesthetic appeal – PVCu windows shouldn’t be overlooked until you’ve done all the research, says Emily Brooks
Built-in storage
Whether you’re self-building or renovating, it’s important to integrate functional storage, and there are plenty of clever options. Sofia Delgado explores the choices available
EXPERT HELP
How much living space do I need in my home?
The amount of floor area suitable for each room will depend heavily on your individual lifestyle and your reasons for creating a bespoke home. Architect Julian Owen takes a look at what different households are likely to need
Energy strategies for off-grid plots
Unable to bring mains gas or electricity onto your site? Nigel Griffiths reveals the main options to power your home
Planning consent for extensions
Enlarging your home is a great way to add much-needed space and increase its value. Mike Dade shares his top tips for gaining permission for your design
Inspiring extensions
Add space and value with these modern glazed extension ideas
10 THINGS TO CONSIDER
Mike Hardwick sets out the key things to bear in mind before self-building your dream home
Plan, design & build your dream home with a visit to the next Build It Live
Whether you’re planning a self-build, renovating a property or extending to add space and value to an existing home, here are 10 reasons you can’t afford to miss the upcoming Build It Live show at Bicester, on 9th & 10th June
How to insulate foundations
Good energy performance starts from the ground up. Tim Doherty reveals what you need to know to get this part of your project right
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