Self Build

Hugo's First Day Out

Hugo’s First Day Out

It’s tempting with a newborn to just stay at home – it’s much easier that way. But it also has the danger of driving you absolutely nuts, so probably good to get out and meet other humans.

NSBRC Summer Show

Back in the spring we visited the National Self Build and Renovation Centre in Swindon for a Graven Hill presentation, and bumped into Harvey Fremlin, the MD of the NSBRC. He asked if we’d be willing to act as a case study at their summer show, which sounded like fun. Then we realised we’d have

Built It Live in Bicester

Build It Live Show in Bicester

We keep thinking that plots at Graven Hill will become available ‘soon’. It’s driving us slightly crazy, but on a soggy Sunday in June, we went to an old airfield in Bicester to see how soon.

Our First Self Build Costing Meeting with Tom and Mike

Now that we’ve agreed a design in principle with Tom Gresford, we’ve been able to get some draft costings formulated to see where we stand relative to our budget. So today we spoke with Tom and Mike at The Old Water Tower in Chievely.

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Why not join us on Facebook – it could be a nice way to meet like-minded self builders who are interested in Graven Hill. It would be great to get some discussion going and share any news, tips and perhaps just vent your frustration!

Visiting Bungalow in Upper Heyford

Advertising for a Plot of Land

  It’s not all been about Graven Hill around here – we’ve also been contemplating whether there might be other plots available nearby. So we put an advert in the local newsletter (Steeple Aston Life), asking if anyone had a plot of land for sale.

Draft House Plans from Tom Gresford

Today we finally got to look at some actual drawings of a house, which is pretty exciting. Following our visit to Tom Gresford’s office a couple of weeks ago, he’s put together a concept that could work for us.

Buying a Self Build Plot at Graven Hill

Buying a Self Build Plot at Graven Hill

We recently attended a presentation by Phil Hulme, who is the sales and marketing director for the Graven Hill Village Development Company. This all took place at the National Self Build and Renovation Centre (NSBRC) on a sunny afternoon in Swindon.

Second Meeting with Architect Tom Gresford

Having spoken to Tom Gresford and Charlie Luxton, we’ve had a good think and decided to meet again with Tom. Because of the potentially tight schedule with Graven Hill, we didn’t feel we had as much time to weigh it all up as we’d have liked, but in the end because Tom would be working