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Sunday, 11 December 2016

A solution to our housing problems: self-build and custom-build in East Devon

On the Continent, building your own home is very common:
Modern timber-frame architecture in wood and glass: - HUF HAUS
Diary of a house build near Munich - Life in Munich - Toytown Germany

And there are some interesting projects in the States:
Futures Forum: On zoning, self-build and affordable housing ... relaxed planning laws in the United States

More interest has been bubbling up in the UK about the 'self-build' option:
Futures Forum: A solution to our housing problems ... the Walter Segal self-build ...
Futures Forum: A solution to our housing problems: self-build in Devon

And the government has promised to make it easier:
Futures Forum: Self-build: latest government initiative
Futures Forum: Self-build: making it easier

And their latest programme is being fronted by Kevin McCloud:


Routes to building your own home

Self Build

You manage the design and construction process and undertake a fair proportion of the actual building work too.
You manage the design process, select a contractor and then they take care of the construction work.
You select your preferred kit home. You may have to organise the foundations; the kit home company then erects the house.
You work with others to acquire a site to split up into plots, then organise the design and construction of your own home.
A social landlord or the Community Self Build Agency helps you build a group of homes together.

Custom Build

A developer with a site and a design you like takes care of everything; to save costs, you could finish it yourself.
A developer organises a group and builds the homes; often, to save costs, the self builders finish them off.

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Prefabricated Passivhaus bungalow
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Cookham Dean, Berkshire
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Harvest House
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Bickleigh Eco Village, Devon
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Stoke-on-Trent Serviced Building Plots
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Forevergreen House
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Housing People Building Communities
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Berlin - 'Building Groups'
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Manor Farm, Kirton
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Straw-baling, Perthshire
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Findhorn
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Almere, Holland
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Hockerton
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Contemporary Timber Frame Home
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The Self Build Portal - The Gateway to more Self and Custom Build Homes

The Telegraph quotes Kevin:

“We are going to follow the first pioneers. In Austria, 80 per cent of new homes are self-build or custom build [where standard homes erected by developers can be tailor-made to the buyers’ specifications]. In the UK it is 8 per cent, but there is a government target of 20 per cent.”

Kevin McCloud on why building your dream home could ruin your relationship

Looking at East Devon, the District Council is doing its bit to help:
Self-build and custom build - East Devon
East Devon - Local Self Build Register

And there is a place for self-build in planning:
Self-build should be incorporated into local housing plans, consultancy says

Especially in Neighbourhood Planning:
How Neighbourhood Planning can encourage private homebuilding - Custom & Self Build Toolkit
Land Release Schemes for Self Builders | Self-build.co.uk
Neighbourhood Plan proposes scores of self build homes in East Hants
Petersfield's Neighbourhood Plan » Self Build in Petersfield
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