Whether you're starting with a blank plot, extending your existing property or renovating an old building, this book will take you every step of the way, minimizing risk and helping you build the house you want at the price you expected.
From budgeting and fiances to project management and construction methods, this book tells you everything you need to know to carry out a successful and stress-free build.
Introduction 6; What is self-building? How is it different to buying a house? Choosing your level of involvement; 1 Budget and Finance 12; How your budget varies according to build management and level of finish; Additional costs to consider; Working out budgets for a new build, a conversion and a renovation; Typical pitfalls; How to raise finance; Managing the spend; VAT, insurance, stamp duty and capital gains tax; 2 Finding The Perfect Plot 42; How to find land; Who can help; Pinpointing potential; Replacing vs renovating buildings; Assessing restrictions; Plot purchase; The legal process; Planning permission; 3 Design 80; Architects; Package companies; CAD design; Interpreting plans; Designing the house you need; Flexible options; Individual room planning; The garage; Checklist; 4 Sound, Lighting, Security 120; Planning for home automation; Lighting: now or later? Building in security; Hidden extras; Allowing for contingencies; Building regulations; Main areas to consider; 5 Contractors and Project Management 140; Project management vs DIY; Employing tradespeople; Accredited bodies; How to find contractors; Legal, health and safety issues; Hiring equipment; Buying materials; 6 Planning the Build Stages 168; Working out the schedule; Stages of a self-build; Managing costs; Information flow; Coping with changes; Examples of real-life building schedules; 7 Construction Methods: The House Main Frame 188; The timber frame house; Post and beam; Brick and block; New building methods; Environmentally-friendly building; 8 Construction Methods: Inside and Outside 212; Foundation types; Getting services to site and connected; Temporary service options; Roof types and restrictions; Wall types and construction; Floor types; Doors, windows, Interiors; Exterior work: drives, walls, sheds, paths, landscaping; 9 Surviving the Build 258; Where to live during the build; Storage; Moving costs; Dealing with problems; Typical pitfalls and how to avoid them; 10 Case Studies 272; Case histories of six types of self-build project; Budget build; Mid-build; Top-end build (hexagon); Beam and block; Environmentally friendly; Renovation; Index 298
Series: Hamlyn Home & Crafts S.
Published: 15th July 2005
Dimensions (cm): 26.1 x 19.5
Weight (kg): 0.926