Introduction to Self Build

Join our self-build experts in this introductory course to self-build, giving you the essential information you will need to start on your self-build journey. This course is hosted at our Self Build Show Centre, giving you the opportunity to look around examples of timber frame homes, to spark some inspiration for your own designs.

Potton SBA Introduction to Self Build



Paul Newman


3 hours, lunch included



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An Introduction to Self-Build

If you’re considering a self-build project or searching for a plot, this course provides an essential introduction. Covering key topics including finding land, how to start designing your home, plus planning permission advice, and building a timber frame home.

Course Contents

  • A bit about Potton
  • What is self-build?
  • What is custom build
  • How to find land
  • Finance
  • Guide build costs
  • Designing your home
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Staff Paul Newman

About the presenter

Paul Newman, Self Build Director

Paul completed his education with the award of a Ph.D. from Imperial College. After a brief time working as a University lecturer, he moved into the timber and construction industries where he has remained for over 30 years. Paul’s skills led him to sit on the Technical Committee of the Structural Timber Association (STA) as both a member and then chair. He also spent several years as a director of the STA. Paul joined the Kingspan group in 2007 working on some of the most exciting low-energy projects in the UK and now leads the team at Potton as Self Build Director.

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Q&A Session

An interactive day designed for you to engage and interact with our self build experts. They will deliver valuable advice with opportunities to ask questions to help you through the build process. It’s also a great opportunity to network and build relationships with fellow self builders to share ideas and useful information.

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Visit the Show Homes

There may be times during the day for you view the show homes. A final opportunity to think about the finishes and details you may want to include in your new home.

Show Centre Aerial View

Introduction to Self-Build Masterclass

If you can't make one of the Introduction to Self-Build workshop dates, don't worry, we have a pre-recorded masterclass session 

Watch the masterclass