This page is an evolving point of reference for resources on self-build, custom build, and any related  area of activity that we come across as the project progresses. Please comment if you have something to add.
Useful Points of Reference
  1. National Self Build Association (NaSBA) –
  2. The Self Build Portal – here.
  3. Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) Custom Build Homes Fund  –
  4. Urban Self Build‘s Helpful Links page – here.
  5. Dos and Dont’s for first-time self-builders from The Self Build Portal – here.
  6. How to build a home (in London) – great tips on finding land from Ruth Bloomfield in Homes & Property’s online magazine – here.
  7. The Land Society – support for the development of rural economies, primarily through facilitating transition to land ownership – here.
  8. – A programme and community for the serious self-builder broadcast every Tuesday at 9pm on Sky Channel 231 and Freesat 402 – here.
  9. – A web-resources started by self-builders Kim Siu and Mark Thomson, reflecting on their own experience of self-building and offering pointers.
  10. Flexible Housing – ‘Honour Oak Park – Walter Segal, John Broome and self-builders’ – can be found here.
Map of known collective self-build schemes 
Other Research Projects
  1. Dr. Michaela Benson – Department of Sociology, University of York, UK – “Self-building: the production and consumption of new homes from the perspective of households”. Michaela’s project examines self-building in Britain today, to find out who is using self-build as a form of housing provision, what their characteristics are, and to what extent they succeed in their aims. An overview of Michaela’s project can be found here, and her survey can be completed here. Her project blog can be found here.
  2. Policy Exchange – Independent policy think-tank publishing on (amongst other things) how government can support self-build. Read their report here.
  3. DownToEarthSolutionsShared Equity Ecohousing Opportunities (SEE-HO) – Down to Earth are currently conducting research into the potential to create a Shared Equity Eco-Housing Opportunity Scheme (SEE-HO) as an innovative, affordable housing solution for those who find it difficult to achieve a secure and affordable home of their own (through reasons of social and economic “disadvantage”). A brief over view of the project can be found here.
Video Examples
We want to make a film that can be used as an advocacy tool to raise awareness of the real need to promote custom build as part of the solution to the UK’s housing crisis – and show that it is possible. Below is a list of videos that are a useful reference for us as we develop this film in terms of style, tone, use of music, characterisation, length and content. Please get in touch with recommendations.
The Plant, Chicago, UShere. – Great format for talking an audience through a complex concept in 2 minutes. Talking person, zooming in and out, looks simple to achieve technically.
Canada Sharedhere. – Crowd-sourced selection of lo-fi video created on camera phones and collated by the producers. Currently in cinemas. Good music selection, happy, positive. Potential production method to get videos from people who have self-built?
LILAChere. – Low Impact Living Affordable Community (LILAC)’s story of how their collective self-build project evolved. Nice happy graphics, soft-fades, simple film. Bright white background evokes clarity and freshness, as does the crystal clear audio (plucked strings and reverb…)
Tibby’s Triangle, Southwold – Film made by Design for Homes for the Housing Design Awards 2012 – here. Aimed at the same kind of audience we have / simple use of characters (2 or 3 on the design side, 2 or 3 on the resident side – each with a mix of characters in case as a viewer you don’t like one of them) / kids are important / titling people is important (like ‘resident’ – this says ‘electorate’ to local authority politicians). Backdrops, soft-focus, nice light on site. Highly resourced. Film crew camped on site to get just the right shots, they know techniques, they have equipment. Its more BBC-like, but its still creatively put together. More about the project here.
Leicester Watersidehere. Film made by Ash Sakula. With a good storyline, this is achievable with our resources.
Wikihouse Riohere. Film made to clearly and concisely describe the wikihouse concept and its application in Rio de Janiero. Simple technology, camera phones, skype video calls, but a good storyline and well scripted.
Applewood – here. Short film updating progress on the Applewood development in Cashes Green, Stroud. Led by the Cashes Green CLT group.

2 Responses to Resources

  1. Thanks for the links to and for helping to promote our survey. Much appreciated!

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