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Self-build Site Insurance is essential for anyone planning an Extension, Renovation, Conversion or New Build.


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Buying the right self-build plot

Buying a site without permission in the hope you’ll get it later is very high risk and not advisable for most self-builders. Instead, once you’ve found a plot or conversion opportunity, get hold of the planning permission documents before you part with any cash.

You must be sure that the permission is still valid and will let you build what you want, so establish the scope for any changes you might have in mind. The estate agent or seller should be able to supply photocopies of the permission documents – application forms, plans and drawings and the council’s decision. If not, armed with the address or reference number of the permission, you should be able to find them on the council’s website. Read more ›

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Radiators or Underfloor Heating?

Choose between these heat emitters with a guide to the systems’ main pros and cons.

Radiators or Underfloor Heating?

Whether you’re self-building, renovating or extending, selecting the right heating system is a major decision. From design considerations through to energy efficiency, running costs and other practical concerns, there’s a lot to wade through when choosing between underfloor heating (UFH) and radiators. Here’s what you need to know.

Whatever the style of your home, you’ll easily find an underfloor heating system or radiator arrangement to suit your tastes and requirements. One of the most popular reasons to choose UFH is because, as the name suggests, it is hidden beneath your floor covering. This allows for clean lines and an open flow throughout your home that isn’t interrupted by radiators. It also frees up wall space so will give you the feeling of extra room, too.

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Self-Build Zone exhibiting at Homebuilding & Renovating Show Somerset!

One of the leading providers of Self-build and Custom Build insurance, Self-Build Zone, will be exhibiting at Homebuilding & Renovating Show 2017 at Bath & West Showground, Somerset on the 18th and 19th of November.

 Visit Self Build Zone on Stand 118

The South West Homebuilding & Renovating Show is the go-to exhibition for self-builders and renovators. No matter what stage your project is at, there will be sessions, experts and exhibitors at the show to help bring your project to life.

Self-build specialists, renovation experts and leading brands are all under one roof at the South West Homebuilding & Renovating Show. The show offers a wide range of free talks including topics on self-build, renovating, innovative products, extensions, conversions and DIY projects. Read more ›

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We are exhibiting at Selfbuild Live in Cork

Selfbuild Live Cork is the ultimate showcase for people who are building, extending, improving or simply decorating their home. Visitors are presented with an abundance of ideas, inspiration and advice via 1-2-1 Clinics, Theatre talks and hundreds of Irish based exhibitors.

Selfbuild live

We will be exhibiting at Selfbuild Live in Cork from the 11th till the 12th of November. With over 100 exhibitors Selfbuild Live, Cork will be offering advice and world leading products for your home.

The show also offers three theatres hosting Construction Expert Talks, Selfbuild Advice Talks and a Home Style Theatre.

If you are new to the self-build world, you will be able to get 1-2-1 bespoke advice from Interior Design, Kitchen Design, Garden Design, Architectural Design and Bathroom Design Clinics. Read more ›

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How to navigate the building regulations

Self-builds and major renovations must comply with basic safety and efficiency standards. Andy Butchers gives his top tips on how to ensure you get the requisite approvals in place.

The Building Regulations are minimum standards governing the design, construction and alteration of virtually any type of structure – whether new-build, renovation, domestic, commercial or
otherwise. The regs are administered by building control bodies, which could be the local authority or a private-sector approved inspector, licensed by the Construction Industry Council.

They first came about after the Great Fire of London with a view to improving fire safety in the capital. They have been repeatedly updated since. National standards were first published in 1965.
The Building Act 1984 then went on to introduce Approved Documents (which set out routes to compliance), while the current Building Regulations came about in 2010, with subsequent tweaks. Read more ›

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