For the majority of today’s self builders, there’s going to be some level of focus on sustainable building practices. Now, this could be anything from simply making sure the property has plenty of energy efficient measures right through to designing a full on eco-house. If you’re not sure about the options, here’s a bit of an overview of some of the main areas to think about!
The beauty of Self-Build projects is that you can have everything your way; every specification and detail exactly how you want it. But transferring your vision into reality takes hard work and dedication, not to mention the right support along the way.
Read on to hear from Victoria Turner, who just over two years ago, set about building a property with the help of our self-build service, and enjoyed the process so much, she literally ended up part of the team. Read full article »
When retired engineer Graeme Ross decided to tackle a self-build project on his own, he made sure he paid a visit to his local Jewson branch in Paisley. The team helped source the right building materials as well as advice and support whenever it was needed.
As our property was originally two flats, the second floor was made up of two damp and dark bedrooms; a living room of sorts; and a kitchen with a bathroom and toilet shoe-horned into the same space. One of the most unpleasant jobs of the entire build was to remove a fridge that looked like it had been in-situ since the early eighties. Unfortunately so did the food that it contained. Until you’ve seen a five year old Finders Pancake moulded into a packet of vintage fish cakes you’ve never lived!
After many months of hard graft, early mornings and late nights we’ve finished the ground floor in the house. The other floors aren’t far behind and I’ll be telling you about those in upcoming blogs but we’re more than happy with what we’ve achieved so far. What was once a near derelict shell is now looking and feeling like a proper house. I’m not going to say home just yet as I think that will come later once we’ve moved in properly.
You can never have too many toilets! It’s an old adage that my grandmother used to say whenever we were staying on a campsite, hotel or simply visiting somewhere that requires public convenience. The roots of this probably come from the fact that she had to share one privy with half a dozen siblings plus her mum and dad when growing up as a child in Cornwall.