14 Of The Current Best Self-Build Books

A selection of the best self-build books and guides offering advice and instruction on all types of self build project. 

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Grand Designs Handbook by Kevin McCloud

TV's architecture and design guru Kevin McCloud shares his passion and expertise in this brilliant guide to designing and building your own home, illustrated with the most memorable houses from the award-winning Channel 4 series. The book goes way beyond the confine of the usual TV tie-in... 

Housebuilder's Bible 11 by Mark Brinkley

Whether you’re a first-time selfbuilder or seasoned professional, this book tells you how to succeed at housebuilding. It explains everything you need to know about managing a build, buying and using materials, finding and employing the right people – and doing it all without the pitfalls. Previous editions...

 

Home Extension Manual: by Ian Rock

In the current economic climate, many people are looking at ways to extend their homes rather than move house, but getting the builders in can be a recipe for disaster unless you really know what you are doing. Whether you plan to employ a building contractor or tackle some of the works yourself, this best-selling manual... 

Home Extended: by Francesc Zamora

Architectural remodels that involve extensions and additions expand the usable size of a home and boost its value. An undersized home and the need for upgrading non-functional amenities are motivating factors aimed at transforming a home into a perfect fit for one's lifestyle, taste and budget...

 

Self Build and Renovation For Dummies by Nicholas Walliman 

Creating your dream home is an exciting idea, but it′s also a major project and one where you need to be an expert on everything from planning laws to landscape design, and all that′s in between. Self Build and Renovation For Dummies takes you through every step of the process, from choosing and buying a plot of land...

Architect Your Home by Hugo Tugman

Given the dead costs involved in moving house, more and more people are choosing to make alterations to their existing homes rather than seek pastures new. By choosing to work with an architect, many people are aware they will have access to effective quality design, expert advice and professional resources. But how do you start this process?...

 

Building Your Own Home 18th Edition by David Snell

Hundreds of thousands of us renovate, convert, extend and improve our homes each year, and one-third of all new detached homes are self-built. If you're looking to build your own home from scratch or work on your existing property, this is the one and the only book that you really need...

Complete Handbook of Home Extensions by Paul Hymers

Embarking on a home-improvement project can seem a daunting task, especially for those who are building an extension for the first time. Whether you have chosen to hire a general builder or to carry out the work yourself, Complete Handbook of Home Extensions is a useful tool designed to guide you safely towards...

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Complete Planning Permission:by Roy Speer

The UK Planning Regulations are a minefield for anyone looking to build a new home - and for those who are worried about the impact of a new planning application near their home. Avoid being one of the thousands whose application is turned down - and whose dreams are crushed - by using this book to familiaries yourself with the system and beat it... 

Contemporary Homes 3: by Homebuilding & Renovating Magazine

Beautifully designed and printed on high quality paper, this is both a coffee table book to be admired and a practical guide explaining the stories of how the houses were built and conceived. The book features stunning photographs from the thirty-nine individually designed homes which are showcased...

 

House Plus: Imaginative Ideas for Extending Your Home by Phyllis Richardson

An all-in-one lifestyle, architecture and design guide to extending your home House Plus is the essential source for anyone who has outgrown their house, yet dreads the idea of moving and is seeking instead to maximize their current home...

Loft Conversion Manual:  by Ian Rock

Loft conversions are a great way to add valuable living space to your home and significantly boost your property's value. But creating new rooms in your roof can mean making major structural alterations, and raises important questions. How can you tell if your loft is suitable for conversion?...

 

Manage a homebuild and renovation project by Leonard Sales

Undertaking a building or renovation project can be a bit daunting. But with the help of this book you will be in control at all times, confident in your decision making, and sure of getting the job done on time and to a high standard. It includes proven and simple-to-use management techniques that would suit projects...

The Passivhaus Handbook: by Janet Cotterell

The Passivhaus Handbook is an essential guide for everyone wanting to realise a supremely comfortable, healthy and durable home with exceptionally low energy costs. Whether you are building an extension, retrofitting your house or starting from scratch; are new to low-energy design or already have some experience...