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Digital Subscriptions > Build It > May 2017 > Building on a tricky plot

Building on a tricky plot

Mike Hardwick looks at the top 10 issues that might aff ect the site you’ve got your eye on – and explains how to know whether to press ahead or walk away

As you contemplate the dream of building your own home, you probably have a vision of the ideal piece of land for it to go on: a perfect rectangle, flat as a pancake, south-facing and big enough to accommodate what you’re planning. However, the reality is often far from this scenario. The chances are that the plots you track down within your budget will present compromises. But remember, challenges can be turned into opportunities. Here’s what you need to know about the issues that can crop up on tricky sites – and how to deal with them.

When assessing this plot for a client, Mike Hardwick could barely get his car down the narrow alley – so materials deliveries would have been next to impossible. Plus an electrical transformer was located right where the master bedroom would be. Moving this kind of infrastructure is incredibly expensive
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The May 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 light-filled contemporary bungalow transformation (page 20) • Discover the right build system for your project (page 60) • Choose a modern front door (page 71) • A complete guide to loft conversions (page 80) • Top tips for your lighting design (page 90) • Common plot issues and how to overcome them (page 97) • Dealing with damp (page 103) … and more!