December 29, 2014

Making progress on our tiny house build! The sub floor is now framed, anchored, and insulated. Ready for plywood today and then picking up our framing lumber order.  We used 2.5″ rigid foam board insulation inside the subfloor which should give us a total of roughly R16. Its then finished off nottinghamshire telehandler with tongue & groove plywood. Moving on to framing!

Every self builder has their individual expectations and ambitions in terms of the final result of their Self Build project. The process of designing a home is very demanding and challenging, as it is a crucial stage that is responsible for making your vision a reality. This is our series called ‘Home design: A step-by-step guide to designing your dream home’. It is based on a talk created and delivered by Allan Corfield for Homebuilding & Renovating Magazine, at the 2018 shows. The series will take you through the three main stages in developing an empty plot into a well-organised construction site equipped with experts who can successfully build your dream home with help from

Throughout the whole project, it is important to remember ‘why’ you want to build your own home. By doing this it will help you get through the most challenging moments. There will be a lot of them. At first, we need to answer the question what is a brief and what is it used for? The brief sets out all of the crucial requirements for your project and needs to be created before you engage with your design team who can benefit from the on sale products at The brief will help you obtain accurate fee proposals from your design team and will be an evolving document throughout the life of the project.

It is important to make sure that it will be consistent with yours and your family’s lifestyle. For instance, if you need an open-plan kitchen connected to the dining room so that you can cook while spending time with your family and entertaining guests. Or a sheltered seating area outside with a gas fire pit and BBQ, so that you can enjoy BBQs with friends and family.

Big thanks to Mr. Rogers the cat for holding down the night shift.