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About this site:

If you are planning a self build project, or simply renovating your existing house, maybe we can provide the information you need on line. We offer a wealth of information on self build and eco homes.
Our information is largely but not solely UK based, and there is huge amount of material here, so why not add us to your favorites now, so that you can return later.
More about us.
Founded in 2002, theHousePlanner has since passed one and a half million total visitors to this site, and continues to go from strength to strength.

Site of the month:

July 2012: Hannah Lobley -Hannah is a designer spaecialisiing in art commissions and bespoke products made entirely from recycled paper and books that are compressed and work like wood, creating fantastic patterns.


Past featured sites of the month -every month we select and feature a website of particular value.

Channel 4 -Beat my Beat

Have you recently bought a renovation project?
Are you about to start renovating a property?
If the answer is YES, then you could be in with a chance of winning £5000...

No matter the size or extent of your renovation we want to hear from you!

Lion Television are about to start production on an exciting new property renovation series for Channel 4 and are looking for people to take part

Developers will compete against each other hoping their project will emerge triumphant, with the winner bagging a cash prize of £5000

We're looking for people across the UK who are renovating their properties with a schedule of no more than 6 months. If you fit the bill contact us now

Email:  or Call 0141 331 6051 for more information and an application form.

Off grid riverside retreat for sale

Located near Ombersley, Worcestershire, a beautiful, secluded potential eco home or off-grid holiday let on the banks of the River Severn. Surrounded by trees and meadows, and overlooking the river this could be a very peaceful rural weekend retreat -read more.....

Loving your Sash Windows

Paul Burnett of TheSashWindowMan explains why it may be both cheaper and more sustainable to have your sash windows restored by a professional than replace them -read more.....

Selecting a Staircase Design

Building a home from scratch involves a great many different features all coming together. Ben Winton of Complete Stair Systems offers some tips -read more.....

Featured DVD
Grand Designs -Series 4 Complete
featuring Kevin McCloud.
Includes episodes on
  • The Violin Factory, Waterloo - Louise and Milko
  • German Kit House, Surrey -David and Greta Iredale
  • Revisited: The Inverted-Roof House, Bucks
  • 19th-Century Sandstone House, Edinburgh -Reuben and April
  • Curved House, Clapham -David and Anjana
  • Modernist Sugar Cube, Sussex -Tom and Darren
  • The Oak-Framed House, Argyll
  • An Idiosyncratic Home, Dorset -Lizzie and Mike
Buy the DVD.....

Forthcoming Events:

15th-17th June, Manchester
The Northern Home Show
To be held at Event City by the Trafford Centre, the Northern Home Show offers a one-stop-shopping opportunity covering all aspects of home improvement, renovation, self-build, interiors, energy efficiency and gardens. The Show features free seminars, live demonstrations and advice from the experts, giving you the skills and information to tackle your home and garden projects with confidence. Taking place during the Love Architecture Festival 2012, you can also arrange short consultations with chartered architects from the Royal Institute of British Architects, there to help make your dream home a reality. Tickets are £8 per person on the door (children under 16 go free). 

15th-24th June
Love Architecture -organised by the Royal Institute of British Architects, this is a nationwide series of events -walks, talks, tours, films and exhibitions that aim to de=monstrate the possibilities of good architecture. Runs between 15th and 24th June.

19th - 22nd September -Earls Court, London
100% Design
One of the world's most important contemporary architecture and interior design exhibitions presenting the latest furniture, lighting, accessories etc.
See our calendar page for or other self build and home improvement events.

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Courses and Conferences:

24 Sept 2012 (5 days) -CATT Machynlleth
Eco Refurbishment:
The vast majority of us will never design and build our own new eco-homes, yet our existing houses can make a massive contribution to our carbon footprint and wider environmental impact.

15th May, Roots and Shoots, Kennington, London
Sustainable Building and Services
A comprehensive look at all aspects of sustainable construction, from Relevant Sustainable Construction Legislation including the Green Deal, Sustainable Water Use in the UK through to Low Carbon Technologies, allowing you to take away a greater understanding of what works and what is just eco-bling.

See our page on courses for other training events.


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Construction Resources:
Design and construction information. Covers topics such as self build, renovation, finding an architect specialising in sustainability, building and planning regulations, finishes, components and building materials
Sustainability & Green Issues:
General information on environmental issues and green design -covers energy use (solar and wind power, chp systems), recycling and re-use, green materials, construction with earth, straw and timber, insulation and eco homes.
Gardens and Garden Design:
Resources on sustainable garden design, plus water reuse using wetlands, composting of waste, organic produce, planting for biodiversity and garden materials.
Property Resources:
Buying, selling and renting property in the UK; where to find green mortgages, estate agents, surveyors and legal advice; ethical investment, insurance and other useful information related to the UK housing market.
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Featured books:

The Housebuilder's Bible: An Insider's Guide to the Construction Jungle, 8th Edition
Mark Brinkley
This definitive guide offers information, advice and costings from an experienced builder -ideal companion for any self builder
Paperback - Ovolo Publishing Ltd
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Architecture Now: Green Architecture
Philip Jodidio
Vinyl Bound
April 2009
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Natural Flair (Eco Architecture)
Taschen Publishing Paperback
Oct 2008
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"Grand Designs" Handbook: The Blueprint for Building Your Dream Home
Kevin McCloud
More than just the book of the series, this is a complete guide to building your own home.
Mar 2009
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Sue Roaf
Jul 2007
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home plans
The New Home Plans Book
Murray Armor, David Snell
No substitute for an architect, but with more than 330 sample plans this book will help you decide on your dream home.
Ebury Press
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