House Planning Help Podcast

Ben and Kay Adam-Smith sit down with Chris Parsons from Parsons + Whittley to run through the brief for their self build project.

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Direct download: HPH162.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:19pm UTC

Ben Adam-Smith shares what he's learnt during the process of hiring an architect for his self build project.

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Direct download: HPH161.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:59am UTC

Master thatcher, Stephen Letch, tells us about the history of thatching, the materials and techniques involved, and how it can be used today. 

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Direct download: HPH160.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:15pm UTC

Ben Adam-Smith comes clean with his project progress! After two and a half years of looking, he has finally managed to buy a plot of land upon which to build his eco home.

However, the process of buying the land was perhaps not the joyous occasion he would have liked. In this solo episode he shares what he's learnt.

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Direct download: HPH159.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00pm UTC

Architect and author Pat Borer shares insights from his teaching career at the Centre for Alternative Technology as well as what he's learned from his own practice (which has helped hundreds of self-builders).

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Direct download: HPH158.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00pm UTC

Architect James Galpin from HazleMcCormackYoung shares insights into how Mayfield Passivhaus was designed and built. 

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Direct download: HPH157.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:13pm UTC

Lisa Kerslake from the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management explains how self-builders can encourage wildlife to flourish on their plots. 

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Direct download: HPH156.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:11pm UTC

Jeremy Harris explains why he chose not to use an architect or designer for his self build, and how he managed to do the job himself. He also shares some of the challenges that he came up against.

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Direct download: HPH155.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:38pm UTC

Jeremy Harris, a scientist by background, wanted a low energy house for his retirement. He talks about the initial stages of his self-build project: finding a plot of land and obtaining planning approval.

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Direct download: HPH154.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:21pm UTC

Phill Skill explains what building regulations are and how we comply with them.

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Direct download: HPH153.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:41pm UTC