FH Articles

Useful articles for self-builders

A range of articles and tips to educate, inform and inspire self-builders

Is shopping local for timber frame a good thing?

Modern methods of construction, supply chain management, and efficient shipping methods make it possible for timber frame companies to deliver bespoke solutions and high-quality products to customers across the UK. Sometimes self-builders prioritise the location of the manufacturing company in their decision-making process. Buying local is something we support. We do this as much as…

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NSBRC Building Systems Workshop

5 Reasons why attending the NSBRC Building Systems Workshop matters more than you think! Choosing the build method for your self-build home is one of the most fundamental questions you must answer at the start of your project. However, it can also be a tricky question to tackle if you need to become more familiar with…

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Self-Build Pre Planning Advice

  In this Good to Know article, Planning & Building Regulations Manager, Scott Hunter, offers his self-build planning advice with tips on how you can best prepare for our planning service. Knowing what questions to ask early in the process can pay dividends later down the line as you work to keep your budget in…

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External Wall Build Ups Explained

Timber frame external walls are constructed in various ways, but mostly you will find that they follow the same theory of detailing. Being aware of this theory will give you a head start on understanding how your timber frame external wall will be constructed and ensure you can follow the specification list included with your…

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Planning permission explained

The planning process can be complicated and unclear at times. To help understand the process, we sat down with Scott Hunter, our Planning & Building Regulations Manager. Scott outlined some key considerations, approaches and practical points to help you prepare for the planning process. Designing your home Research is one of the most important steps;…

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Carbon Capture and Storage

The Heatwaves faced by the UK this summer has brought home the environmental challenges we are facing as global temperatures rise. How can we reduce the environmental cost of construction by capturing carbon when self-building? A timber frame structural system consists of timber panels with timber studs in the external walls to transmit loads to…

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Building Regulations – Changes in England

Building regulations have changed in England. Fleming Homes is exploring the changes and the impact on self-builders. Planning laws, regulations and policies might seem like a tick box exercise. However, this is a change worth reading into. On average, heating, and powering buildings totals around 40% of energy usage. In England, building regulations have been…

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Transforming a home with BBC DIY SOS

The TV audience of BBC DIY SOS Series 32: 3. The Big Build – Longframlington, last night included most of the Fleming Homes team, and lots of our friends and family all keen to catch a glimpse of the timber frame used in the build. When we agreed to take part in this project to…

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Choosing a supplier during uncertain times

All the indicators suggest that the UK’s cost of living crisis is deepening with inflation at its highest level since 1992. Inflation looks set to continue to rise and interest rates are set to follow them. As the UK population becomes poorer, there can be little doubt that customer concerns around the financial health of…

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The Case for Project Management

The build route you choose will ultimately depend on what’s right for your individual circumstances. Self-managing the coordination of your build can be advantageous if you are well researched, organised, a confident negotiator and have the time to dedicate to keeping your project on track. In this article, Harry Burt of Century Project Management highlights…

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