Ben's Self Build

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My Name is Ben. I'm 35, married to a wonderful wife with a nine year old daughter. We can't afford to buy the sort of house we want to live in, so I'm planning to build it instead. This is the story, from idea to finished house in five years.

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Avoid a mud bath

To avoid your site becoming a mud bath, lay down some hardstanding materials from the start.

There are two grades of hardstanding material. One is quarry crusher, which costs around £11 per tonne and is a low-cost option to be used where depths in excess of 150mm are required. The other, known as MOT Type 1, is around £16 per tonne, and is specified by the transport department for its load-bearing properties.

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