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Useful articles for self-builders

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

Build your self-build knowledge at the NSBRC

Growth is one of our FLAGSHIP values which explains our enthusiastic commitment to learning. For us, the curious mind and a thirst for knowledge are fundamental to the success of self-build projects. And this is one of the reasons we have always been huge supporters of the National Self Build & Renovation Centre’s (NSBRC) self-build…

Material cost increases and your quotation

In May we wrote an article addressing material cost increases within the construction sector, and what they mean for self-builders. A month on, the perfect storm of COVID, stronger domestic demand for building supplies, transport issues, labour shortages, and global supply chain constraints mean that many materials remain in short supply and prices are continuing…

Market dynamics and the supply of materials for self build timber frame

If you have a self-build timber frame house project underway, or you are planning one, you will already be aware that the availability of materials is an issue affecting the construction sector, regardless of your chosen structural system. In this article, Operations Manager, Michael Burns explains how this is affecting timber frame manufacture and looks…

What does ‘wind and watertight’ mean?

In our last article ‘learning the lingo‘ we tackled timber frame terminology, explaining the typical terms, materials, and details that self-builders would benefit from knowing. Another phrase that self-builders often query is wind and watertight. This article aims to explain exactly what it means. Wind and watertight (sometimes also referred to as weather-tight) is a…

Tackling timber frame terminology

Getting to know the terminology of timber frame construction is a big step in every self-builder’s journey. Learning the ‘lingo’ can aid and ultimately lead to stronger communication channels with your project team. This, in turn, can result in better decision-making. Sound communication and greater levels of knowledge are two consistent elements of all successful…

Why winter might just be the optimum time to get started on site

With concerns around the negative impacts of winter weather on build schedules, conventional wisdom puts spring or summer as the optimum time to push forwards on-site with a self-build project. Building through the winter months is generally perceived to be a bad idea, but is this justified? At Fleming Homes, we believe that winter can…

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…