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National Custom & Self Build Week

This year's National Custom & Self Build Week will take place from 3-10 May with another exciting series of events set to take place. An Action Handbook detailing how YOU can get involved can be downloaded from this link.

There has been a year-on-year increase in the British public's intention to get a custom designed home built for themselves. That's the result of an exclusive Ipsos MORI poll commissioned to mark the launch of this May's National Custom & Self Build Week (NCSBW). You can read about it here.

kris-hopkins"The events that are organised during the Week will showcase the many ways people have turned their dream of building their own home into a reality. All the evidence shows that there are millions of people who want to be involved in building a home for themselves in the UK"

Kris Hopkins MP
(Minister for Housing 2014)

"Self-building your own home has to be one of the most rewarding things you can do in life. It's an opportunity for people to create something truly unique, building that that they can truly call their very own."

George Clarke
(British architect and television presenter)

The main national events take place in London during Grand Designs Live. In addition there many local and regional events happening.

Remember that activities can take place at any time during National Custom & Self Build Week, from Saturday the 3rd May to Sunday the 11th May 2014. And you are also welcome to run events in the lead up to the Week.

Register Your Event!

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Friday 2 May


Archiboo Live Lecture

This lecture looks at the opportunities for architects keen to expand into the growing custom/self build sector. It takes place at The Old Operating Theatre Museum, 9a St Thomas St, London, SE1 9RY.


Saturday 3 May


Official Launch of National Custom & Self Build Week

Details to be confirmed.


Saturday 3 May


'The People's Housing Manifesto' kevin mccloud

Featuring Kevin McCloud. With around a year to the next General Election what policies should be the manifestos to make it easier for people to build their own homes? This event takes place at ExCel in East London as part of Grand Designs Live.


Tuesday 6 May


'The Self Build Planning Debate' nick-boles-75px

Featuring Nick Boles MP (the current Planning Minister) and other planning experts. What else can the planning system do to make it easier for people to build their own homes? This event takes place at Excel in East London as part of Grand Designs Live.


Wednesday 7 May


'When is self build not self build? When it is Custom Build!'

Debate with leading custom build developers and others.This event takes place at Excel in East London as part of Grand Designs Live.


Wednesday 7 May


'Community–led self build projects. What can we learn from Europe?'

tom-and-charlieDebate with TV presenter's Charlie Luxton and Tom Dyckhoff, plus others to be confirmed. This event takes place at Excel in East London as part of Grand Designs Live.


Saturday 10 May


Castle Ring - The House in the Woods

Open Day for National Custom & Self Build Week – the award winning Castle Ring self build oak framed house near Presteigne will be opening its doors to all aspiring self builders on Saturday 10th May.


Sunday 11 May


'Self Build on a Shoestring showcase'shoestring-winner

Learn from the winners of last years' competition, which challenged designers to devise a simple three bedroom house that could be built for £50k. This event will also be used to launch the 2014 design competition, which will seek low cost self build solutions for a typical urban site. This event takes place at Excel in East London as part of Grand Designs Live.


Friday 16 May


Study trip to Almerealmere

A visit to Europe's biggest and most impressive self build project. The trip will include a visit to the council's 'plot shop', a tour of several of the major sites and access to the interiors of some of the more innovative homes.


National Self Build Week 2013

Click here read more on the first ever 'National Self Build Week' which took place from 4th to the 12th of May 2013.