House Planning Help Podcast

With the first phase well under way and residents already moving in, Karen Curtin, Managing Director of Graven Hill Village Development Company, talks through the process of finding and buying a plot at Graven Hill.

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Direct download: HPH222.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:18am UTC

As Ben Adam-Smith's build enters the final few weeks he reviews his project's schedule and sequencing. Although a lot of the detail pertains to building a masonry wall Passivhaus, it still serves as an example of the stages any house build might go through.

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Direct download: HPH221.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:22pm UTC

Mike Coe provides a progress update on his second self build project, with finances being stretched as construction is set to begin.

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Direct download: HPH220.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:04pm UTC

Ben Adam-Smith looks at why self build projects often eat into the budget set aside for landscaping. This includes Ben's new home where initial garden plans have been put on hold!

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Direct download: HPH219.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:48am UTC

Alex Baines explains the impact a mid-construction delay has had on him, his family, and his Long Barrow Passivhaus project.

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Direct download: HPH218.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:59pm UTC

Ben Adam-Smith chats to his wife Kay about what it's been like building a house. She never wanted a new build, preferring to buy a period property instead. So why did she agree to do this? And what can we learn about trying to get a partner on board with a self build?

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Direct download: HPH217.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:17am UTC

With decades growing his knowledge of self-building, Mark Brinkley shares some of the surprises, challenges and joys involved.

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Direct download: HPH216.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00am UTC

Ben Adam-Smith reflects on what he's learned so far during the construction phase of his self build.

The project is halfway through and the finished house will meet the Passivhaus standard.

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Direct download: HPH215.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:31pm UTC

Rob Wiggans shares his expert tips on how to find a plot of land for a self build project.

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Direct download: HPH214.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:31pm UTC

Steven Thompson, from the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, explains why it can be sensible to have a contract, and what type you might need for a self build project.

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Direct download: HPH213.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am UTC