We are tan­ta­lis­ingly close to go­ing on site with Build It’s Self Build Ed­u­ca­tion House – a unique pro­ject, and UK mag­a­zine first, that aims to give you an un­ri­valled in­sight into the de­ci­sions and pro­cesses that go into cre­at­ing your own be­spoke home. But be­fore we can break ground, we need to go into full spec­i­fi­ca­tion mode to se­cure Build­ing Reg­u­la­tions ap­proval and – just as im­por­tantly – ob­tain the draw­ings, plan our con­struc­tion sched­ule and en­gage key part­ners whose work could in­flu­ence the fi­nal de­sign. Find out what’s gone into this stage of the pro­ject on page 60.

If you’re just mak­ing your new year’s res­o­lu­tion to com­mis­sion an in­di­vid­ual home, then fol­low our jour­ney from day one on­line at www.buildit.co.uk/our­house – or turn to page 76 to find out why self build­ing in 2019 could be the ideal chance to cre­ate a bet­ter-qual­ity, health­ier house that’s tai­lored to your fam­ily’s needs. Else­where this is­sue, you’ll find a wealth of prac­ti­cal guid­ance that gets to the heart of the ques­tions you need an­swered when plan­ning and spec­i­fy­ing your pro­ject. We’ve got ad­vice on how us­ing an ar­chi­tect could save you money (page 86), the value of draw­ing up good con­tracts with trades (page 99), what you need to know about air source heat pumps (page 81), smart home se­cu­rity (page 66) and more.

At the end of Novem­ber, we an­nounced the vic­tors in this year’s Build It Awards – and this month’s edi­tion comes bun­dled with our Win­ners Guide, de­signed to in­spire your home build­ing plans and help you spec­ify the very best prod­ucts and ser­vices for your scheme. is book cov­ers ev­ery­thing from amaz­ing self builds and ren­o­va­tions that are burst­ing with clever ideas through to core choices such as struc­tural sys­tems, heat­ing op­tions, win­dows, glazed doors, in­su­la­tion and cladding, so it’s an in­valu­able tool for any­one un­der­tak­ing a ma­jor pro­ject. En­joy!

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