The Housebuilders Bible has advice on buying materials from page 326.

A list of sites that seem to have stuff that I like or could be useful for the house.



To ‘First Fix’

First fix comprises all the work needed to take a building from foundation to putting plaster on the internal walls. This includes constructing walls, floors andceilings, and inserting cables for electrical supply and pipes for water supply.

To ‘Second Fix’

Second fix comprises all the work after the plastering to a finished house. Electrical fixtures are connected to the cables, sinks and baths connected to the pipes, and doors fitted into door frames. Second fix work requires a neater finish than first fix.

Post Build

Furniture, fixtures & fittings

Sculpture & other Art


Project Suppliers:

For now, I’m putting them in chronological order (first, so oldest, first):

  1. ra-studio for initial sketch proposals and then further architectural services for planning application.
  2. MJS Planning & Design for initial sketch proposals.
  3. Nationwide Surveys, St Austell, Tel 01726 72980. Did a survey with all the levels etc. This is then handed to the architects etc. who can then see all the slopes, levels, features etc.
  4. CEC (Cornwall Environmental Consultants Ltd) for a bat survey. It’s a Cornwall Council requirement that you have a survey to check if bats are present in or near the development in a way that means allowances do or don’t have to be made
  5. Homebuilding & Renovating Magazine subscription for all the articles, house “eye candy”.
    I’ve looked at a few magazines and this one stood out for me and what I’m doing.
  6. Bodmin (Cornwall) based ARCO2 architects and Eco-Fab builders.
    These 2 Bodmin based firms have overlapping ownership, management and teams.
  7. Asbestos Survey for building demolition (with samples being taken and sent off) carried out by Shield Environmental Services Ltd