A self build house project diary
by Oliver Cannell

A self build house in the making

Follow the process of how we are designing and building a new house ourselves - with help from all the right experts and trades.

Update November 2017 - We're still working on it!
Although the house is nearing completion (if that's ever possible!) and we're living in it, the blog is playing catch-up. More blog entries are being added all the time.



Sunday 24th August 2014
(published/edited Sunday 21st September 2014)

The house exterior walls are going up The house exterior walls are going up

Coming back from a week's holiday, we discover some of the rear external wall has been built.

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Sunday 17th August 2014
(published/edited Wednesday 17th September 2014)

Preparing the ingredients for the house-building recipe Preparing the ingredients for the house-building recipe

Getting the concrete blocks in place ready to start building some walls

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Saturday 16th August 2014
(published/edited Saturday 3rd June 2017)

Kitchen ordered today Kitchen ordered today

After months of browsing the kitchen showrooms and websites, we finally ordered all the kitchen units today.

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Thursday 14th August 2014
(published/edited Wednesday 29th March 2017)

It’s time to pour some more concrete It’s time to pour some more concrete

Making the oversite slab foundation - another lorry load of concrete is delivered and poured on-site

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Wednesday 13th August 2014
(published/edited Tuesday 9th September 2014)

Damp proof membrane phase of the slab construction Damp proof membrane phase of the slab construction

Thin layer of plastic sheeting will prevent damp from rising up into the floor of the house.

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