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Build Your Own House Manual

How to Plan, Manage and Build the Home of Your Dreams
Ian Rock
June 2010

'Ian Rock has an enviable gift in his ability to write in a very light style which makes his point go home' Self Build, Extend & Renovate magazine

Without doubt, self build and renovation are affordable methods by which to attain that dream home. Accustomed as we are to seeing 'grand designs' in magazines and on television, there are thousands of people in the UK building their own modest but beautiful family homes all the time. Some of the bonuses of building your own home - apart from the satisfaction and pride that comes with it, of course - are that most self builders get 'more house for their money' (when compared to buying a home by the traditional method), and also often realise instant equity.

But how exactly do you go about it? How much of the building work should you do yourself? The Build Your Own House Manual explains the entire process in plain English, backed up with hundreds of colour 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, cutting out the stress, completing your project on time and within budget, and saving a small fortune!

  • How to find that elusive building plot
  • Checking and buying your site
  • Designing a stylish zero-carbon home
  • How to get planning permission for the home you really want
  • Selecting the best construction method
  • How to beat energy efficiency targets and slash fuel bills
  • Picking the right contractors
  • How to save money by directly employing specialist trades
  • How to avoid cost overruns and delays
  • Renewable energy - how to profit from micro-generation - PV, solar, wind and heat pumps
  • Rainwater harvesting, grey water recycling and green waste solutions

Build Your Own House Manual includes authoritative advice from Local Authority Building Control explaining how to comply with the latest Building Regulations and how to meet zero carbon targets.


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 including the Home Extension Manual, Home Buying & Selling and Loft Conversion.

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