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Owner building red tape

A list of red tape and legal issues associated with owner building

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T Shirts Shop for Owner Builders

Kithomebasics T Shirts Shop with Owner Builder specific slogans

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How to Owner Build Steel Building Kits

Owner building steel building kits | Without the risk And staying on budget | Ebook

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Home-owning bliss the prefab way

Pip Payne is convinced New Zealand needs more prefab homes. Like housing minister Phil Twyford, he can't see a credible solution to the housing crisis

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These prefab solar- and wind-powered tiny dwellings are ready to order

The first one was just delivered by helicopter It’s been a while since the Ecocapsule came on the scene in early 2015. Many cool tiny, prefab homes have

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Owner builder budgeting

I'm seriously considering owner building a Granny Flat in my back yard, but I have a very tight budget. How do you keep a budget in line when owner building?

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Kit home choice

Plans and such are a good start but how do you go about deciding on a specific kit to buy? Ed. Hi Bob, Click on the Owner Builder Nav Bar link at the

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Modular homes and extensions could boost the UK’s housing stock

Some major developers are investing in modular home factories as more modern methods of construction begin to gain favour across the country. Faster, cheaper

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Owner builder budgeting spreadsheet

A completed budgeting spreadsheet guide for the Owner Builder

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Why offsite manufacturing is the future of housebuilding

Offsite manufacturing must be prioritised to help solve housing crisis, writes Jonathan Hunter, director of Elecosoft Building more homes is a key part

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This Affordable Prefab in Spain Only Took 5 Hours to Assemble

Built for $148,500, Casa Montaña was manufactured in a Madrid factory before being assembled in a mountainous, coastal region in northwestern Spain. When

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These Prefabricated 'Hobbit Homes' Are The Cutest Way To Have A Green Roof

There's a lot to take away from The Hobbit, but one thought many people had was, I wish I lived in Bilbo's fancy house. A company called Green Magic Homes

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Landmark fine for kit home builder

A Magistrate has found a kit home supplier and its director guilty of building a kit home on a Bendigo property without being a registered builder. The

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Can modern cabins entice new audiences into state parks?

New prototypes at New York State Parks offer contemporary design while respecting the past In an effort to attract new audiences to explore nature, the

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New modular shipping container home is also energy-efficient

Athens-based company Cocoon Modules has unveiled a new container home prototype in collaboration with Greek natural mattress brand Coco-Mat. By upcycling

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Dealing with approved tradesmen

A guide to approved tradesmen negotiation: an owner builder's view

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Six Rail Farm Gate: DIY

Easy wooden farm gate construction

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Using waterproof shade sails to extend eaves

Waterproof shade sails added sun and rain protection to my kit home

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Installing Blaze wood heaters

Wood heaters are the best option for a high cost power future

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Deck builder

Seems the sleepers are resting in the soil. What is the moisture content of that particular area as the wood will begain to rot and or the screws will

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Build an easy wooden pergola

This wooden pergola dresses my kit home nicely: includes wooden pergola plans

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Incredible pre-fab homes take just three weeks to build

They start at £54,000... but you'll need to buy the land first The Wee House Company homes are available as studio, one-bed and two-bed properties A studio

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Off-grid tiny house keeps toes toasty in the coldest climes

Quebec's Minimaliste, the firm behind the Sakura tiny house, recently completed another towable dwelling that can handle very cold weather. The difference

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Owner Builder Network founder answers questions about custom home building

Sheila Marler, founder of custom home agency Owner Builder Network, answers questions about custom home building. Why would someone build a home rather

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Developing Affordable Passive Houses

A new house in a Melbourne suburban street has demonstrated that affordable Passive House construction looks within reach in Australia. Until now passive

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Australia Must Break Through Prefabrication Barriers

Ask many Aussies about prefabricated homes and they will conjure up images about substandard stock from the 80s or 90s noted for its lack of character.

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Pole Barn Homes: Everything You Need to Know

Many people dream of retiring to the country, moving into a new home, and living a peaceful, agrarian life. Tim McGraw even wrote a song about it. If,

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Choosing a Kit-Home

Choosing the correct kit-home can be daunting: here are 3 Easy Steps to get started

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DIY Kit Homes: Starting Issues

All DIY kit homes require a starting point, let's work through the starting issues

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Preparing for our prefab future

A burgeoning U.S. prefab market has much to learn from Japan. In the Brooklyn Navy Yard, a massive post-military industrial compound of warehouses converted

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