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Self-build

Building your home with buildbase ˅

For many, the decision to build their own home is one that has taken a lot of care and a lot of consideration. Now that the decision has been taken the process of converting the ideas into reality has to begin.

Self Build House example

If this is a first time venture into self building there will be much to learn, and many questions to be asked.

  1. How do you go about getting the necessary planning permissions?
  2. Where can the project be financed?
  3. What insurances should you have?
  4. What do you need to know about Health and Safety on your site?

. . . and much much more besides.

Buildbase Self Builder Support

Buildbase have developed a specialist service to provide the self build market with a total materials supply solution for your project. Making the correct choice of materials supplier is critical and Buildbase have many years of experience in the self build sector.

You may already be well on the way with the planning and design of your house or you may still be researching the project. Whatever stage you have reached, we would welcome the opportunity to discuss specification, pricing and supply of materials for your new home. As a Buildbase self build customer you will be allocated a personal branch contact who will be available to offer advice on product selection, prices, delivery and any other issues related to your building project.

Our support services include:

  1. A dedicated contact point for you, via your personal branch contact
  2. Credit Account facilities, with secure ordering procedures, with VAT invoices, and monthly statements
  3. Specialist delivery vehicles with crane off loading
  4. Technical advice
  5. Home and/or site visits
  6. Details of specialist sub-contractors
  7. A presence at many of the national and regional self build shows and exhibitions

Buildbase Guide to Self Building

By clicking on the tabs above you can find answers to many of the common questions asked by first time self builders. We cover the basic requirements for planning your project, we highlight the different approvals and planning you will need, and we take you through the various construction stages with useful links to information sources about materials and methods.

Buildbase are committed to providing excellent customer service and we are confident we can supply all the materials you may need including any specialist or purpose made products. Our huge buying potential ensures we always offer competitive pricing, which combined with our extensive branch network together with experienced, knowledgeable staff means we can work with you to assist the successful construction of your new home.

Buildbase self builder support ˅

Buildbase have developed a specialist service to provide the self build market with a total materials supply solution for your project. Making the correct choice of materials supplier is critical and Buildbase have many years of experience in the self build sector, we're able to provide the self build market with a total materials supply solution for any project, large or small.

You may already be well on the way with the planning and design of your house or you may still be researching the project. Whatever stage you've reached, we would welcome the opportunity to discuss specification, pricing and supply of materials for your new home.

As a Buildbase self build customer you will be allocated a personal branch contact who will be available to offer help and advice on product selection, prices, delivery and any other issues related to your building project.

Self Builder and Home Improver Account Application

We know it can be a right old hassle doing a self build project or home improvement. From juggling the budget, knowing where to get all the building products you need at the best possible trade price, to getting a bit of expert advice. That’s why we’ve introduced our Self Builder & Home Improver Account.

Buildbase, Hirebase and Electricbase offer everything you need for your home build. With your new Self Builder & Home Improver Account you’ll be welcomed into all of our businesses in all of our branches.

We’re experts in everything we do. You can always rely on us to deliver a service you can trust, whether that’s a delivery you need or availability you’d expect, you can count on us.

Your Self Builder & Home Improver Account also gets you a generous £20,000* credit limit with 30 days to pay.

Just take a look at the terms and conditions, fill in the application form and you’re away! 

Get in touch

We're your local merchant with branches nationwide. Wherever you're doing your building work, we're just round the corner. 

To get in touch, find your nearest branch online or contact us today.

Guide to site safety ˅

 The Safety Rules and Practice should be extended to all visitors, as well as to contractors working on the site.

 

    1. Wear a Hard Hat
    2. Shock HazardWear protective boots (Steel Toe Capped)
    3. Wear Safety Goggles, when using Disc Cutters and Grinding Tools
    4. Use suitable clothing, appropriate to the hazards and conditions of the site
    5. Where possible always use professional power tools operating from a 110 volt supply
    6. Always use a RCD (see note below) on all electrical products
    7. Always follow the manufacturer's guidelines when using power tools or machinery
    8. Trenches can become unstable in wet conditions, if more than a metre deep always ensure that they are correctly shored up
    9. Bricks & Blocks should only be stacked two high
    10. Watch your back when lifting, back injuries can stay with you for life. Make sure you pace yourself when moving heavy items
    11. Make sure that you have a well-stocked first aid kit on site
    12. Make provision for fighting any fires that may be started inadvertently.
    13. Make sure scaffolding is used for all high level work and is erected professionally - remember it is not worth compromising safety by trying to work off laddersFirst Aid.
    14. Nails sticking out from loose timber are extremely hazardous, always hammer flat and clear old timbers away
    15. If you are at all uneasy about heights do not work on roofs - never work on roofs without using appropriate safety measures to provide safe access and security while working.
    16. Ensure that any hazardous chemicals or materials, solvents, turpentine or paint thinners, etc., are safely stored in a secure place when not in use. Follow manufacturer's safety instructions when using these. Flammable materials should be stored securely and separately, away from the building, other stores, etc.
    17. Take any necessary steps, like fencing, to keep children and other members of the public off the site.
    18. Do not smoke anywhere near stores of timber or other flammable materials.
    19. You know where hazards are, make sure they are clearly marked for visitors to the site

Note:

An RCD is an electrical safety device specially designed to immediately switch the electricity off when electricity "leaking" to earth is detected at a level harmful to a person using electrical equipment. An RCD offers a high level of personal protection from electric shock.

Safety must be a part of your project planning

Building sites are dangerous places if care is not taken. Your safety is important, please read and absorb the following guidelines.

Extract from the Government's Health & Safety pages at http://www.hse.gov.uk:

2.2 million people work in Britain’s construction industry, making it the country’s biggest industry. It is also one of the most dangerous. In the last 25 years, over 2,800 people have died from injuries they received as a result of construction work. Many more have been injured or made ill.

Safety

Between April 2004 and March 2005, 71 workers died and thousands were injured as a result of construction work. The main causes of the fatal accidents were:

  1. falling through fragile roofs and rooflights
  2. falling from ladders, scaffolds and other work places
  3. being struck by excavators, lift trucks or dumpers
  4. being struck by falling loads and equipment
  5. being crushed by collapsing structures 

HSE deals with all aspects of construction work in England, Scotland and Wales and we recommend you visit the HSE website to ensure you are fully conversant with the responsibilities you have under HSE legislation. There is a wealth of information available on the HSE website covering safe use of ladders, scaffolds, platforms, etc.

Safety Must Be a Part of Your Project Planning

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