306 episodes

If you want to build a house, where would you start?

House Planning Help Podcast Ben Adam-Smith

    • Education
    • 4.9 • 95 Ratings

If you want to build a house, where would you start?

    What does it take to project manage your house build? – with David Arrenberg

    What does it take to project manage your house build? – with David Arrenberg

    David Arrenberg explains why he wanted to project manage his self build, what the work entailed and how much of his time it took.

    • 35 min
    A contemporary Passivhaus home in a rural context – with Martin McCrae and Mhairi Grant

    A contemporary Passivhaus home in a rural context – with Martin McCrae and Mhairi Grant

    Mhairi Grant and Martin McCrae share their self build journey. Their contemporary home seems to have it all, from striking design and great ecological credentials to high quality finish and value for money... but Martin and Mhairi had to work hard for it!

    • 35 min
    Energy | People | Buildings – with Hattie Hartman

    Energy | People | Buildings – with Hattie Hartman

    Hattie Hartman, Sustainability Editor at the Architects' Journal, shares insights from her new book Energy, People, Buildings.

    • 32 min
    The houses I've lived in - with Ben Adam-Smith

    The houses I've lived in - with Ben Adam-Smith

    Ben Adam-Smith reflects on the homes he's lived in and what he's learnt from living in them.

    • 26 min
    Is mechanical ventilation just something else to go wrong? – with Ben Adam-Smith

    Is mechanical ventilation just something else to go wrong? – with Ben Adam-Smith

    Ben Adam-Smith shares his own experience of living with a mechanical ventilation system. While he's clocked up a few error messages on the unit and had more problems than most, he explains why he wouldn't want to go back to natural ventilation.

    • 20 min
    Do I need self build insurance? – with Andrew Reardon

    Do I need self build insurance? – with Andrew Reardon

    Andrew Reardon from ProAktive explains the insurance options that are available to anyone carrying out a self build or renovation.

    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
95 Ratings

95 Ratings

Scotty1974 ,

Great podcast !

I’ve listened to every one of these and they are just great. Fantastic insights into modern self build techniques with a focus on sustainability. Ben is great at interviewing an amazing variety of people and I never miss an episode. I’ve learned loads about passiv haus and air tightness and why it all matters. We didn’t end up doing a self build in the end .... but we will one day and I will be much wiser and more prepared having listened to these podcasts. So glad that Ben eventually found a plot and finished his own passiv haus. Keep up the good work ! Scott.

Bostock87 ,

Knowledge that would take too long to look for all in one place

Having wanted to self build myself for a number of years each one of these podcasts details an aspects I have always wanted to know the answered too related to a project I would like to undertake. From construction techniques to budgeting to planning and technology it’s all in here.

Marcusarrelius ,

Great content

Stumbled across this via twitter and very impressed with the breadth and depth of topics discussed! I sincerely hope that program’s like this start to increase general awareness of what is required to build a good quality dwelling and break the monopoly that big developers have in only delivering poorly designed and constructed homes in this country!

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