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Designing your Self-Build with comfort in mind is so important. There are many factors to consider including acoustic comfort, visual comfort, thermal comfort and energy efficiency, when it comes to building an energy-efficient home
Designing for comfort
There's no one answer as to whether you can afford to Self-Build but our tops tips for budget management and handy calculators can help your dream become a reality.
Financing your project
The advice of experienced tradesmen is crucial as they can advise you around choosing and sourcing the best materials. However, if you truly want the house to be a reflection of you it’s important to be as involved as you possibly can in this stage of your self-build as the materials you choose will impact on costs, comfort, performance and the finished look of your home.
Customising your Self-Build
Finding a reliable builder or subcontractor can be difficult but having a good relationship with one is key. Read our tips on where to find one, what questions to ask and how to maintain that crucial positive partnership throughout the build.
Finding the right support
Don’t listen to the horror stories. Trustworthy and eager contractors are out there but how do you find them and what does a self-builder need to know before signing on the dotted line?
Planning permission comes with conditions and a self-build can only go ahead once these are ‘discharged’. Confused? Here’s our quick guide to stop your head spinning.
How can you contribute to a greener future and create a sustainable self-build?
Space is everything in your self-build and there are some smart ways to make the most of it, says Gareth Boyd, Director at 2020 Architects.
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