2nd Edition

Self-build How to design and build your own home

By Julian Owen Copyright 2022
    288 Pages
    by RIBA Publishing

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    If you’ve ever dreamt of designing and building your own home, this book is for you.

    Becoming a ‘self-builder’ doesn’t necessarily mean learning to build a house physically from scratch. Anyone can be a self-builder – you can do so without ever having to lay a brick yourself. Self-built homes can also be more individual, better designed and more economical than buying from a developer.

    This book is designed for homeowners and self-builders, whether aspiring or on the brink of starting a project. It provides a jargon-free, step-by-step guide to the process of designing and building your own home, distilling all of the practical information needed to make your dream house a reality.

    Carefully crafted to offer friendly, easy-to-understand practical guidance and packed with watch points, hints and tips, it also highlights the potential pitfalls and suggests ways of avoiding them.

    Including indications of costs and timescales, Self-build demystifies the process of budgeting, finding a site, gaining planning permission, designing your home and all of the surrounding issues to do with sustainability, planning, regulations, procurement and the use of building contracts. Beautifully illustrated with over 230-colour photos, diagrams and plans, it provides all the inspiration and ideas you need to bring your own project to life.

    Featured houses include:

    • Amphibious House by Baca Architects
    • Corten Courtyard House by Barefoot Architects
    • Haringey Brick House by Satish Jassal Architects
    • Shawm House by Mawson Kerr Architects
    • Sussex House by Wilkinson King Architects
    • The Pocket House by Tikari Works Architects.

    1. Why self build

    2. Project Preparation

    3. Finding and Assessing a Plot

    4. Appointing an Architect

    5. Design Influences

    6. Rooms & Layout

    7. Getting Planning Permission

    8. Building Regulations

    9. Procurement & Construction Methods

    10. Preparing for Construction

    11. Building the House

    12. Case Studies

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    Julian Owen is an architect with over 30 years’ experience of running his own practice in Nottingham. He has authored several books including Home Extension Design, andis a founder and director of ASBA Architects, a network of locally-based practices that markets it members to self-builders and members of the public who wish to alter or extend their homes. In 2004 he received an MBE for services to architecture.