scotland self-build Self-build trend fuels Scottish plot sales

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he appetite for self-build homes in Scotland continues to grow according to Scottish consultancy CKD

Galbraith. The benefits, both in terms of lifestyle and costs, are proving an attractive draw for those inspired enough to build their dream home. The firm has reported that cer-

tain regions of the country are experiencing particularly high lev- els of demand from buyers looking for plots large enough for a single

dwelling. The firm’s Elgin office has reported strong sales through- out the last year. Rod Christie, head of residen-

tial sales for the Elgin office’s Moray plots said: “Self-builds give buyers the opportunity to create their ideal house in their location of choice. They are also popular as they allow buyers to benefit from modern building techniques and technology, ensuring their new home is energy efficient and cheap to run.”

Building supplies comparison site launches G

o Banana has launched as the UK’s first comparison website for building & DIY supplies. With

50,000 searchable products, Go Banana provides an online platform designed to help those looking to purchase supplies quickly and efficiently at the best price. Go Banana’s software creates a live

shopping list which searches online and shows the best results, meaning users can

project A resilient renovation for a growing family

Thomas Oliver and Erika Harris purchased a three-bedroom property in Oxford with the aim of adapting the house to suit their growing family. The cou- ple started off by doing simple renovations, but as they were removing wallpaper they dis- covered the plaster was “old and crumbling.” To remedy this, they chose to

install Gyproc Habito, a plaster- board with a reinforced core that makes it five times stronger than regular plasterboard. As art lovers, Thomas and Erika are now able to hang their pictures and paintings throughout the home and the family is pleased with their finished home.

save between 20 and 35 per cent with every purchase. Users can search, compare and buy across a wide range of building and DIY supplies, including building and hardware, tiling and flooring, plumbing and heating, painting and decoration, kitchens and bathrooms and more. Go Banana founder and managing

director Rami Naori spotted a gap in the market after carrying out several property

redevelopments. “The UK building materials industry is a healthy and competitive one, with plenty of big name brands vying for a customer’s attention,” he commented. “But there is definitely scope to reduce the cost of construction and the whole life cost of buildings, and one way to do that is by shopping around for materials.” The Go Banana website is now live – visit


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