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Self-Build Zone are Silver Sponsors for Build It Awards 2017

Self-Build Zone, are excited to announce that they are a Silver Sponsor for the Build It Awards taking place on the 22nd of September 2017.


The Build It Awards is an annual event which celebrates all aspects of self-build and renovation, including completed projects, services and suppliers. The awards bring together architects, manufacturers and key industry figures in recognition of innovation and excellence in the custom and self-build home sector.

Build It is the UK’s longest running and most focused self-build magazine, sitting firmly at the heart of the self-build community. It is the most detailed and practical title for real self-builders and renovators with current or prospective projects. Read more ›

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Alok Sharma opens UK’s first ‘plot shop’ for self and custom-build homes

The UK’s first-ever ‘plot shop’ has been officially opened in the town of Bicester in Oxfordshire by the housing and planning minister Alok Sharma.

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The plot shop is located on the high street and the outlet will sell plots of land on the Graven Hill site in Oxfordshire to those who wish to build their own home.

The Graven Hill development is set to be the largest of its kind in the UK, delivering up to 1,900 new self- and custom-build homes.

The plot shop promises to pioneer custom- and self-build as a mainstream choice for aspiring homeowners. Read more ›

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We are the leading Brokers in the Self-Build, Renovation, Custom Build, Structural Warranty and Construction arena including Surveying and Risk Management – based in our own office (with car parking) in the heart of Sevenoaks, just ten minutes walk from the mainline station. Read more ›

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UK’s leading self-build insurance and structural warranty providers launch in Irish Market

Self-Build Zone and Build-Zone, are delighted to announce the roll-out of their services into the Irish market as negotiations reach their final stages.

Sennocke International Insurance Services, a general insurance operation based in Sevenoaks, Kent, are the scheme administrator for the Build-Zone 10-year structural warranty product as well as the Self-Build Zone Site Insurance product range.

Self-Build Zone provides Site Insurance and Structural Warranty products for New Builds, Renovations, Extension and Conversion projects whether they be DIY Home Improvement, a New Build, or a major Renovation. With over 20 years’ experience in the self-build insurance market, they are excited to announce that they have launched their insurance products in Ireland. Read more ›

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Could self-build costs increase?

According to the latest State of Trade survey from the Federation of Master Builders, 70% of UK builders have seen an increase in material prices due to the depreciation of the pound since the EU referendum.


According to the research 70% of smaller building firms have experienced increased costs because of the weakened currency, with additional increases of 10%-15% expected.

Sarah McMonagle, Director of External Affairs at the FMB commented:

“Construction SMEs are already reporting an increase of 22% in Spanish slate and 20% increase in timber. A quarter of all materials used by the UK construction industry are imported “ this is significant and underlines the vulnerability of the industry to sudden fluctuations in the strength of our currency. The combined pressure of higher material prices and the rising cost of skilled labour represents a serious challenge to builders.”

What this means is that self-builders and renovators could start to see the cost of their building projects increase, but is there anything that can be done to mitigate the effect? The Self Build Portal talks to NaCSBA’s self-build representative Peter Johns for his expert opinion:

How will this materials price increase impact on the cost of self-building?

If materials price rises they will be passed on to self-builders, whether they are buying themselves, using a main contractor or going through a package company, unless they have already started and are on a fixed price contract. If the project hasn’t started, I think there will be little self-builders can do to escape price increases entirely (whether the supplier is a manufacturer, importer, package company, they will need to pass on some or all their extra costs).

Should self-builders put off until things are more stable?

Well, that assumes they might get better! Things COULD get worse the pound could fall further; a hard Brexit could mean an even worse shortage of skilled tradesman if immigration rules are tightened. No one has a crystal ball. Delaying could be good but equally could be worse.

In terms of budget-saving, do you have any advice for prospective self-builders?

Do not skimp on quality structural components – things that are hard and costlier to change later. Where you can save money is on the things like kitchens and bathrooms, or floor coverings – anything that is more temporary or easily replaced. For example, buy a cheap kitchen and save a few thousand pounds with a view to replacing it in a few years’ time. Chances are that once you’ve lived in the house for a while you might want to change the layout anyway.


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