Author(s): Ian Alistair Rock
Most of us would love to design and build our own home. In fact, more people than ever are doing precisely this. But how exactly do you go about it? How much of the building work should you do yourself? This manual explains the entire process in plain English, backed up with hundreds of color photos showing real self-build projects taking shape.
Each chapter is devoted to a key stage of the build from the foundations right through to snagging and completion. Whether you tackle some of the works yourself, or employ architects and contractors, this step-by-step guide will show you how to stay firmly in control, get to grips with the latest planning and building regulations, and complete your project on time and within budget.
Ian Alistair Rock is an experienced chartered surveyor who carried out his first self-build project in 1999. Ian is a regular speaker at The National Self-Build Centre in Swindon, and is director of a chartered surveying consultancy and author of several best-selling Haynes House Manuals.
How to find and buy a suitable plot. How to navigate the Planning and Building Regulations jungles. All the design options: custom build or off-the-peg package deals? How to select the right trades and builders. Which trades should be doing what and when. Successful project management: bringing it in on time and on budget. Getting the best out of architects, surveyors, planning officers, builders and suppliers. Going green and generating your own power - on a budget.