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If you are intending to project manage the construction of your house and will be employing individual trades to carry out the build, this book an absolute must. It describes how to go about finding a building plot. How to obtain both planning and building regulation approval. Getting the correct insurances and ten-year warranty. Taking off the material quantities from the plans and negotiating the best deals with the builder’s merchants. Dealing with the building inspector and the warranty surveyor. Engaging the right tradespeople and agreeing on how they wish to be paid. How to plan a wiring schedule, advice on the heating and plumbing installation, and what green ecological choices are available.

Sally and Jim Build a House is available from most book shops and online book retailers and can also be obtained direct from the author for £14.99 including P&P.

Contact the author on pweade@hotmail.com