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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
A controlled ventilation system, or MVHR, can provide fresh incoming air and is an economical solution to heating your home during the winter months.
It’s not easy finding the perfect plot but your local authority can help. All you need to do is sign up to the self-build register to create more opportunities for you and other prospective self-builders.
James Mason’s self-build project is in its early stages and this month he’s juggling quotes, an asbestos report and managing the discharge of conditions – as well as hospital appointments for a sprained ankle.
Cash can be tight when you’re a self-builder. Gareth Boyd from 2020 Architects has some self-build design tips to help save those pennies.
Hire or buy – what’s the best way to obtain all the tools of the trade when it comes to self-building?
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