House Planning Help Podcast

Straw Works co-founder Barbara Jones explains the different methods of building with straw.

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Direct download: HPH229.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00pm UTC

Having had his last site meeting, Ben Adam-Smith explains what they are and how they fit into the construction process when building a new house.

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Direct download: HPH228.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:30am UTC

Air leakage expert Paul Jennings looks at how best to achieve that all important airtightness when using particular construction methods.

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:30pm UTC

With a matter of weeks until he moves into his new home, Ben Adam-Smith shares a list of ten things that he's excited about.

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Direct download: HPH226.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:08pm UTC

Architect Andrew Goodman explains what it took to create the UK's first load-bearing straw bale Passivhaus home.

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:12pm UTC

Rob Wiggans explains how you can minimise risks when buying land for development.

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:00am UTC

Dean Scott takes Ben on a tour of the Graven Hill development, and of his own energy-efficient self build.

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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

John Fenwick discusses the challenges of building his award-winning Passivhaus with an atypical form.

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Direct download: HPH212.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00am UTC

Mark Feldman of MARS Building Ltd offers an insight into how he prices up potential new jobs (including when he's invited into a tender process).

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Direct download: HPH211.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:40pm UTC

Liz and Mike Hill explain the decisions behind the design of their contemporary eco home.

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Direct download: HPH210.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:24am UTC

Marlen and Tony Godwin explain why it was important for their modern, minimalist Passivhaus home and office designs to be sympathetic to the neighbourhood.

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Direct download: HPH209.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:43pm UTC

Ben Adam-Smith looks at some of the reasons why his tender returns might have been so high. He then sits down with his wife Kay to consider possible savings.

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Direct download: HPH208.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:06pm UTC

Chris Parsons from Parsons+ Whittley outlines a traditional procurement route. And Ben and Kay Adam-Smith receive their tender returns.

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Direct download: HPH207.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:36pm UTC

Robert Flynn from Solarbarn explains how to choose a solar array to suit your needs.

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Direct download: HPH206.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00pm UTC

Architectural technologist Dan Higginbotham from Parsons + Whittley Architects talks about producing construction drawings and a scheme of works from an architect’s design.

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Direct download: HPH205.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:04pm UTC

Five self-builders explain how they came to build their houses on the edge of a developer estate.

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Direct download: HPH204.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:36am UTC

Author and self-builder Will Anderson talks about realising his self-build dream not once but twice!

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Direct download: HPH203.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:39am UTC

Building Services Engineer Alan Clarke explains how he has designed and specified the ventilation, heating, and hot and cold water systems for Ben's new house.

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Direct download: HPH202.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:36am UTC

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