Self Builders’ Own Stories

Self Builders’ Own Stories

Self Builders’ Own Stories is one of our most popular and essential features. Come and listen to actual Build It readers talking about the ups and downs of their real life projects and how they went about creating the home of their dreams.  Learn from their mistakes, hear their top tips and ask them the questions that are weighing on your mind. Sessions take place each day in the Workshop Theatre.

The Build It Live Bicester programme will be announced nearer the time. Please see below two example stories, taken from our 2017 North West show programme.

The Stobbs’ Modern Home

When Nick and Mal Stobbs struggled to find a property they liked on the market, they agreed that building a new house from scratch was the best route to a bigger home that catered for their young family. After investigating which construction methods would offer a speedy build time and an energy efficient result, the couple decided insulated concrete formwork (ICF supplied by Nudura) ticked all the boxes on their brief.

  

Key features:

  • The plot was in a conservation area in Carlisle and had planning permission for six new houses, but their home is the only property on the large patch of land.
  • Doing heaps of research and taking an organised approach to keeping a record of costs and invoices kept the project from creeping over budget.
  • Although they were set back by extreme weather and flooding, plus frustrating delays because of problems with connecting utilities, they were determined to be in the house for Christmas. Less than a year after they started, they moved into their new home on 23rd December 2016.
  • They’ve created an energy efficient home that boasts an MVHR system, underfloor heating and triple glazing.

Characterful Woodland Self Build

Darren Findlow and Anthony Higham realised their dream when they sold their bed and breakfast in the Cotswolds and built a contemporary oak frame home in Cheshire on a 1.3 acre woodland site. The couple found inspiration in Carpenter Oak’s work, choosing to combine a post and beam frame with a structural insulated panel wraparound to achieve a highly efficient, eco-friendly home.

 

Key features:

  • The plot came with planning permission in place, but this was for a mock Tudor design with small windows. The couple submitted new plans to change the scheme completely, incorporating more glass.
  • They joined forces to take on the role of project managers, sourcing materials and liaising with trades themselves.
  • The overall setup includes a mechanical ventilation and heat recovery unit, an air source heat pump and underfloor heating, combined with excellent airtightness in the building’s fabric and good-quality glazing.
  • The finished house came in just 3% over budget at £360,000 – something that’s largely down to the couple’s clever product sourcing.