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Find a plot for your self build project with Oakwrights

The growth of developerenabled custom build across the UK is opening up more routes for people to create bespoke homes that suit their needs, demands and design preferences – all without the stresses and frustrations you might associate with completing a conventional self build project.

Traditionally, one of the biggest challenges for potential home builders was finding land on which you could be confident of securing planning consent for the house you want. These barriers are now being broken down. At Oakwrights, we can provide a fully supported approach to your project – including helping you locate the perfect plot. In fact, we may have the ideal site for your oak frame home building project available already via our range of custom build opportunities.

Our in-house architectural and project teams can then further support you through the process by providing the services you need to develop the detailed design and deliver your finished home on site. This ensures you enjoy a hassle-free project backed up by an experienced developer

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Build It is Britain’s longest running self build magazine. Each issue is packed full of inspirational and informative readers’ homes, as well as expert advice on issues from budgets and planning to project management and design. This month: - Installing underfloor heating - Flooring cost guide - New routes to self build - What are building surveys?

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According to research by insurance company Hiscox,
Over 40,000 people are now on Right to Build registers
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Great shopping ideas for your custom home project
1 spendvsave Cotswold roofing slates, £215 per m2,
Opting for a darker interior colour palette can give your home a feeling of cosiness without compromising on sophistication. Pair moody blues and blacks with brightly 2 coloured accents for a brave and modern scheme
Got a funny story, a gripe or some superb self build
Whether you’re planning a self build project, renovating an existing home or extending to add space and value, here are 10 key reasons you can’t afford to miss February’s Build It Live Shows in the South East and North West
Essential advice on your problems with building, budgeting, DIY & planning from the most experienced names in the self-build industry
Looking to fund your bespoke home project? Each month we round up the best deals from leading lenders and update you on what you need to know to secure the right finance
The first step in your self build journey is tracking down a viable building site. Keep yourself ahead of the competition with Build It’s top plot hunting tips
It’s FREE to subscribe to PlotSearch – the UK’s premier
Could this old farmhouse provide Kath and Angie Scholes with the chance to create their perfect family home? Mike Dade takes a closer look
Discover the ups and downs of Kevin O’Mahony’s self
Dean Jepson is the EU managing director of heating control company Salus. Here, he introduces us to the Boiler Plus legislation and what it means for homeowners
READERS’ HOMES
Julia and Nick Keem almost doubled the size of their home, adding a curving extension to their rural period property
Jonathan and Judith Gough scoured the Staffordshire countryside to find the perfect plot for their striking contemporary new build home
A fortuitous conversation with a sustainability expert encouraged Susanna Geoghegan to go back to the drawing board on her build. The result is a Passivhaus with a pleasing traditional look
Ron and Tricia Berry have transformed a dated bungalow into a family home that combines practical, flexible living with exciting modern design
Architect Caroline Buckingham has replaced a derelict cottage with a playful, contemporary home by the sea
RENOVATION & BUILDING
Our project on the Graven Hill self build development gets underway, as we dig out the site and form the shell of our new basement. Chris Bates reveals where we’re at with the Build It Education House and what we’ve learned so far
A water-based UFH setup can deliver improved comfort levels, excellent efficiency and low running costs – but only if it’s fitted correctly. Rebecca Foster reveals what you need to know
Lui Rocca, architectural designer at Welsh Oak Frame, investigates the different cost implications for oak frame design options
The Build It Estimating Service’s Adrian Wild compares the costs of diff erent types of flooring for your home building project
Renovating a non-domestic building is a great way to achieve a bespoke property packed with character. From a windmill to an ambulance station, be inspired by this handpicked selection of conversions – could something similar work for you?
Charley Ward outlines the most effective ways to use structural insulated panels in your project
Matt Higgs, co-owner and director of glazing specialist Kloeber, shares his thoughts on the considerations you should make before picking this element of your scheme
Looking for a setup to deliver on all your space heating and hot water needs? Nigel Griffiths sums up the renewable options
Thomas Hagen, technical manager at window specialist Internorm, discusses how this choice could impact on energy performance in your home
EXPERT HELP
Whether you want a new addition to be sympathetic to the original property, or stand out with a contrasting modern style, architect Julian Owen offers his advice on how to get the design and planning stage right
Your project is likely to be one of the biggest investments you ever make, so be sure to use Mike Hardwick’s top tips to protect yourself when buying goods and services
From council fees to land surveys, Mike Dade breaks down the various charges you should budget for when applying for planning permission for your new home
It’s important to assess the structure of an existing house before starting a renovation project. Here Tim Doherty outlines how to get it right
Communicating design concepts effectively is a key aspect of an architect’s job. Opinder Liddar explores the ways your plans can be presented to help you visualise the living spaces and achieve the house you really want
Looking for a more straightforward path to identifying a viable, development-ready plot and building your dream home? Find out how the custom build approach can deliver the right site and the right support to help you make a success of your project
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