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selfbuilder & homemaker


March/April 2017


editor’s letter


FEATURES IN THIS ISSUE: Bathrooms & Wetrooms Fires & Fireplaces Floors & Floor Coverings Roofing Water & Damp Proofing


Show Preview: Grand Designs Live (London) SUSTAINABLE PRODUCTS SHOWCASE


NEW BEGINNINGS


A self-build in Cambridgeshire helped its owner cope with a personal tragedy See page 16


www.sbhonline.co.uk PLANNING • DESIGN • CONSTRUCTION • INTERIORS Cover image © Potton See pages 16 - 23 for more. Things in the UK self-build market are not all sweetness


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Ask an Architect 1 April, Swindon


NSBRC’s Ask an Architect events are held every month and offer self-builders the chance to attend a session with a RIBA chartered architect to discuss matters such as the design of your project, creating extra storage and adding value to your home.


www.nsbrc.co.uk/ask-an-architect.html


The National Self Build & Renovation Show Summer 19 - 21 May, Swindon


The NSBRC National Self Build & Renovation Show features over 67,000 ft2


of exhibition space, over 200 exhibitors, live demon-


strations, seminars and the chance to meet with self-build experts, architects, design- ers and other self-builders. www.nsbrc.co.uk/the-national-self-build-and-renovation-show-summerl.html


Homebuilding & Renovating Show 20 - 21 May, Glasgow


The Homebuilding & Renovating Shows are some of the biggest events in the calendar for self-builders. Visitors will be able to see the latest products, attend seminars, master- classes and workshops, and get inspiration and personalised advice. glasgow.homebuildingshow.co.uk


NSBRC Design & Build Workshop 3 June, Swindon


Design and build takes the hassle out of building your dream home. NSBRC’s Design & Build Workshops will teach you everything you need to know about how design and build works, how much it costs and how you can benefit from it. www.nsbrc.co.uk/design-and-build-workshop.html


and light however, shown by the Government having to intervene to make councils honour commitments on Right to Build in the form of upcoming legis- lation. It also hoped the recent White Paper would help get Right to Build off the ground. Given the startling statistic – admitted by Sajid Javid – that the UK has had the lowest rate of housebuilding in western Europe for the last three decades, something fundamental has to be done.


It’s unlikely that the Government’s pledges to support the NaCSBA’s self-build Portal, keep self-build free of the Community Infrastructure Levy, and ‘work with lenders’ will be enough. Surely if councils are dragging their feet on Right to Build, the time to introduce that legislation is now.


After those council members have finished living it up in Cannes dreaming about new ‘city quarters’ and rich investors, they need to come back with a renewed vigour, and get real on Right to Build.


James Parker


As I write this in sunny Sussex, the property industry is gathering in Cannes for the annual MIPIM knees-up. This year the handshake-heavy event features the some- what alarming proposition of UK councils on a charm offensive to attract funding in a post-Brexit world. I think that now the weather’s improving, I’m happy focusing on things that are closer to home.


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