The most cost-effective and comprehensive way to move forwards with your dream project

First and foremost we are builders and trainers so we understand that you’re going through a complex and daunting process . Beginning that process armed with knowledge is your ticket to success and the best way to avoid costly mistakes. We know from experience that there are some things you must understand for this to go smoothly, even if someone else is doing the work for you.

We have designed our Self Build Primer to be the next step on your self build journey. We will give you the tools to assess your project, identify potential pitfalls, and provide solutions to problems you didn’t know you had, or better yet, empower you to prevent them from happening in the first place. 

Plus, as a bonus, we'll give you unlimited access to our fortnightly ask-me-anything clinic for 6 months.  These are online drop-in sessions where you can ask me anything about your project, the course, or the craft in general.

In this short, easy-to-acess online course you'll dig into the detail involved in running your own project. Over 4 units we'll cover:

  • Planning permission and how to minimise the chance of refusal
  • Building Regulations and how to make sure you don't have to re-do expensive parts of the build
  • Finance and clearing up the complexities of budgets and bookkeeping
  • Contractors and how to ensure you don't end up with cowboys!

If you don't understand these essential elements, you risk dangerous exposure to costly mistakes. This course is the simple, cost-effective solution to that problem. 

It's suitable for anyone, whatever your level of experience.

If you want to arm yourself with the knowledge to run your own successful project OR to make absolutely sure you make the best decisions on key elements, then click the link to register.

Purchase now for £497

Whatever your motivation, you will gain an industry-leading education to build from, and build upon.

Explore the Content

  • 1


    • Welcome to the Self Build Primer by Hartwyn

  • 2

    Unit 1 Planning Permission

    • Unit 1 Video: Planning

    • Unit 1 Slides: Planning

    • Unit 1 Planning: Application for Planning Permission Form

    • Unit 1 Planning: Planning Permission Glossary of Terms

    • Unit 1 Planning: Project Critical Path Spreadsheet

  • 3

    Unit 2 Building Regulations

    • Unit 2 Video: Building Regulations

    • Unit 2 Slides: Building Regulations

    • Unit 2 Building Regs: Glossary

    • Unit 2 Building Regs: Sample

    • Unit 2 Building Regs: Conservation of fuel & power in a new dwelling

    • Unit 2 Building Regs: Sample Building Warrant Notes

    • Unit 2 Building Regs: Typical Constructions Notes

    • Unit 2 Building Regs: Project Critical Path Spreadsheet

  • 4

    Unit 3 Finance

    • Unit 3 Video: Finance

    • Unit 3 Slides: Finance

    • Unit 3 Finance: Self Build Budget Planner Spreadsheet

    • Unit 3 Finance: Glossary of Terms & Useful Links

    • Unit 3 Finance: Ecology Building Society What We Lend On

  • 5

    Unit 4 Builders and Subcontractors

    • Unit 4 Video: Builders & Subcontractors

    • Unit 4 Slides: Builders & Subcontractors

    • Unit 4 Builders & Contractors: Glossary of Terms

    • Unit 4 Builders & Contractors: Contract

    • Uni 4 Builders & Contractors: Project Assumptions

    • Unit 4 Builders & Contractors: Sample Certificate of Insurance

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