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How to avoid common project management mistakes

Every building scheme has its ups and its downs, regardless of whether you hire a professional or take on the role yourself. Mike Hardwick reveals some of the most common project management pitfalls selfbuilders encounter and how to beat them
Ruth Butler (of Ruth Butler Architects) and Julian Sutherland (from Cundall) are the owners of this self-build Passivhaus, which was certified in September 2015. The couple had a good working relationship with their builder Nicholas Coppin contractors, whose team attended Passivhaus Trust masterclasses to ensure they had a thorough understanding of the challenging build. The project cost £4,000 per m2

I often meet self-builders and renovators who expect to be given a ready-made template showing how to project manage their scheme. They look disappointed when I tell them it doesn’t exist. If only it were that simple! If it were, I’d have put one together and be living quite comfortably off of the proceeds because everyone would want one.

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The December edition of Build It magazine is packed with practical advice and inspirational projects to help you make a success of your scheme, including: • A budget-friendly self-build home (page 20) • Underfloor heating vs radiators (page 69) • Getting lighting right (page 77) • 10 steps to self-build design success (page 81) • Does your plot have real potential? (page 96) … and more!