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Building Products October 2017

DOORS, WINDOWS AND ACCESSORIES SELF CONTROL With the increasing popularity of the self-build market, Gary Murray assesses the potential benefits to door manufacturing industry and to the door suppliers. Added awareness of self-building has OCTOBER 2017 | BUILDING PRODUCTS 47 helped many prospective homeowners, who had previously never considered selfbuilding as an option, realise that there are advantageous alternatives to the traditional home-buying route. The self-build market is an increasingly popular one with forecasted growth of up to 40% by the end of 2020. Self-building can give them more choice about where they live, and the style of dwelling in which they live. Furthermore, government initiatives have made it far easier to embark on a self-building project than in the past. Taxes have been reduced, more funding is available, and it is easier for local councils to enable public land for self-build constructions. All of these factors have contributed to the popularity of self-building in the United Kingdom. There is a variety of positive effects that may result from self-building. It could provide a solution, for instance, to the housing crisis in the UK that is making 74% of young people unlikely to own a home in the next ten years. A think tank report released in 2013 suggested that councils struggling to meet housing targets could fix the problem by releasing land for self-building. We are already beginning to how this could happen. This time last year there was a story about one Devonshire family who transformed 5 acres of farmland into a home for them and their children after fearing they would be priced out of a community their ancestors had lived in for generations. It shows how self-building can help in areas where property prices are soaring and there is a lack of social housing. There are economic benefits as well as social Continued on page 48 >>>


Building Products October 2017
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