FH Articles

Useful articles for self-builders

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

Announcing our sponsorship of Duns RFC’s Education Suite

And why now is the right time for businesses to reconsider corporate sponsorship. With tough times a stark reality for businesses in 2020, there has never been a more important time to invest in marketing. Here, Sarah Mathieson looks at how sponsorship can play a crucial role in supporting your brand while throwing out a…

Exhibitors and experts line up at the NSBRC

One of the things we have really missed this year is attending self-build shows. For us, there is nothing quite like getting out and meeting self-builders, hearing your stories and understanding your successes and struggles. It is fair to say we also see the shows as a chance to catch up on industry news and…

There has never been a better time to start planning your self-build home

With lockdown a strange new reality, many of us have found ourselves staring at the same four walls and thinking we’d much rather be somewhere else! For some, a garden offers an escape route to the outside world, beyond the one-hour ration of daily exercise. They are the lucky ones. For others, the only option…

What makes a successful self-builder?

Research reveals that self-builders are not run of the mill folk. They tend to be rather unique; however, there are a number of traits that truly successful self-builders share. Here’s what you need to succeed. A curiosity that motivates investigation and study There’s no avoiding the fact that Self Build homes need to be hungry…

Three reasons a 10 Year Structural Warranty is critical to your self-build project

In this guest article, warranty specialist Russell Turner from Self-Build Zone highlights why a structural warranty is an essential budget item for your self-build project. First of all, it’s important to understand what it is. A Structural Warranty covers the home for a period of 10 years against damage arising from defective materials or workmanship…

Building your timber frame self-build budget for project success

Sitting down to create your first self-build budget can seem like a daunting process. Here we offer a few easy steps to get you from the back of an envelope calculation to an initial ballpark budget. Understand what you can afford to build from the off. While this sounds obvious, you’d be surprised how many…

Build your knowledge with our self-build timber frame demo day

Anyone who has ever started a self-build house project knows that there’s a steep learning curve. Most self-builders willingly throw themselves into information gathering during the feasibility stages and beyond. There are a number of great ways to do this. Homebuilding and Renovating magazine and BuildIt magazine both run a series of events around the…

Oak framing or timber frame? It doesn’t have to be either or!

Timber frame homes often conjure images of large exposed beams, posts and trusses formed in Oak. If you’ve set your heart on an oak frame, it’s not hard to understand why! Oak frame buildings have been constructed for centuries due to the strength, durability and beauty of this majestic hardwood. There are three main ways…

Self-build with confidence with STA Assure

At Fleming Homes we’re always striving to be the best that we can be. That’s why we were always going to shoot for the STA Assure Gold standard and why today, we’re delighted to announce that we have achieved this. As part of our commitment to excellence, we’re long-standing affiliates of several timber and construction…

6 reasons a self build timber frame home might be right for you

Deciding to move is one of the most exciting decisions you can make. Yet when it comes to looking at new houses, the process can quickly become depressing. While a set of particulars may promise much, in reality, properties viewed often fail to live up to expectations. This can lead to a long and arduous…