Self Build Home Blog

Actis Insulation

The Lodge – Blog 5

High-performance insulation has been fitted to the walls of our new single-storey show home. As with the three other properties at our show centre, along with countless customer self build projects, we have chosen to use Actis Insulation’s Hybrid range to insulate The Lodge. The thermal efficiency performance achieved with this system, as well as […]

MVHR System

The Lodge – Blog 4

With the timber frame kit erected, the team continued with the structure fitting the eco-joists for the roof of the bungalow. Eco-joists are engineered timber components with V-shaped steel webs that enable quick and easy installation of services and utilities. The mechanical ventilation and heat recovery (MVHR) system could then be fitted within the pipes […]

Timber Frame Kit Home

The Lodge – Blog 3

The timber frame was delivered from our nearby factory for the new show home. We use slow-grown Scandinavian, PEFC-sourced timber harvested under a forestry management policy of long-term renewal. Not only does this make our timber frame a sustainable and environmentally friendly choice, but it also helps to create an air-tight structure, which when combined […]

Blockwork Foundations

The Lodge – Blog 2

Diggers were on site removing earth as the groundworks began for our new show home. Trenches were dug for all exterior and load-bearing walls within which concrete was poured to just below ground level. Once set, blockwork was then laid on top to create the foundations for our new bungalow. Trenches are a standard shallow […]

Building Plot

The Lodge – Blog 1

We are developing our show centre with the construction of our fourth show home underway. “The Lodge” will be a 1,916 square foot, three-bedroom bungalow with a spacious open-plan kitchen / dining / living area, along with a snug, utility room and three en-suites. The L-shaped design is a contemporary style with a flat roof, […]

Access Driveway

Hastings Build Blog – 3

There has been a transformation over the last few weeks, as the groundworkers have laboured to create access to this challenging site. Retaining walls of blockwork were built, concrete was then poured, and the steep driveway constructed. It’s extremely important to get these aspects right and the groundworks company have done an incredible job. All […]


Hastings Build Blog – 2

Groundworks have begun on this build, and there have been a few challenges to overcome. Excavation for the driveway, which will provide access to the steep site located on the hillside, uncovered an old clay rainwater pipe that had to be diverted. Poor ground conditions due to the unseasonal wet weather seen throughout August have […]

Building Plot Hastings

Hastings Build Blog – 1

Work has just commenced on an enviable building plot in Hastings, in which the clients have achieved planning permission to create a new home in their extensive back garden.  The plot is ideally situated alongside a 44-acre formal park, which features woods, ponds and community spaces. The location is a short walk from the train […]