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Planning your own Grand Design? Make sure your self build project runs as smoothly as possible with our expert guides and advice, plus take inspiration from our self build homes case studies. From choosing a plot to funding and finding the right architect, you can ensure your own self build is a success.

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by Hugh Metcalf

January 23, 2020

Planning permission: how to improve your chances of success

As new research reveals the success rate of planning permission across the UK, we look at a few easy ways to help your application get…
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How local authorities may be restricting access to self build registers

Could actions by your local authority be stopping you from accessing information about self build plots?
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Eco-homes: 3 sustainable projects in the UK

Discover 3 of the best environmentally-friendly self build projects on home shores.
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How to project manage your own self build

Stuck on the idea of project managing your build or renovation? Here's what you'll need to know.
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Look inside this charred timber self-build in Wiltshire

Building on a site with challenges to overcome, this modern barn-style property is a thoughtful response to a client's brief.
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Andrew Lloyd Webber’s bespoke luxury eco-house

With a classic design in mind, Andrew Lloyd Webber commissioned a prefab kit house with an ecological edge. Here’s what happened…
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Top self build highlights at Grand Designs Live 2019 hosted by Kevin McCloud

Find top experts, specialist exhibitors and a wealth of inspiration for your self-build or renovation project all under one roof.
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Experts reveal architecture predictions for the next decade

How will the world of architecture change over the next 10 years? Find out from the experts.
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5 architecture exhibitions to see now

Looking for some architectural inspiration over the festive break? These exhibitions are running through December and beyond.
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Micro self-build: explore this eco-friendly cabin concept

These sustainable micro cabins can be built almost anywhere, with all the modern luxuries you need to live comfortably.
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Country plots: 5 ways to beat buying issues

If all that stands between you and an idyllic rural lifestyle is getting a mortgage on a new property in the country, these expert tips...
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How to save money on a Passivhaus build

With costs associated with Passivhaus builds falling, the Passivhaus Trust reveal how to keep these eco-friendly projects on budget.
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How to keep your neighbours on side during a self-build

Read our guide on how to not upset your neighbours during your self-build project and avoid undue stress.

Research has shown that approximately one million people in the United Kingdom are taking part in their own building projects, be that self build homes, extensions, garden rooms, conversions or property renovation.