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This service is provided nationwide

Online Self Build Calculators


If you type self-build costs or self-build calculator into google, you will get pages of build cost tools to help. Some ask you for only 3 or 4 values or input criteria before it spits back out a figure. But can you count on this? Yes, there are other calculators that may go into more…

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Home Improvements

home improvement

Spring always seems to be the time of year where people decide to do some renovations or home improvements. There are lots of ways you can revamp your home. From updating your kitchen or bathroom, extensions to add more space, or improving on energy efficiency. Here we look at some of the main themes in…

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Shortages, Shortages, Shortages


Tradesmen shortages in the construction industry is becoming more and more apparent as the years go by. Bricklayers have dropped by 19% since 2009. Plumbers and Electricians have fallen by 10% since 2015. Brian Berry, chief executive of the FMB, said: “Skills shortages are skyrocketing, and it begs the question: who will build the new…

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New Year, New Shows

year 2019

With every new year, there is always that moment where you look back and reflect on the year gone by. 2018 was a good year for DJ Build Estimations. We launched our new website, we streamlined the layout of our reports and focused on our customer base. As we enter 2019, we have decided to…

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Will Brexit affect cross border construction?


The uncertainty regarding Brexit is growing as we edge closer to the deadline in early 2019 as Grant Thornton points out. The main concerns in the construction industry are: Material exports and imports Skills shortages Regulations Tendering 64% of materials are currently imported from the European Union. The fluctuations in the value of the sterling…

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Tiny House Builds

Tiny House Build

Something that we have noticed lately, is the rise of Tiny House Builds. America and New Zealand seemed to have introduced the trend and it is slowly being introduced to the rest of the world. Most Tiny House Builds come with DIY instructions and are usually between 400 and 1000 square foot. The idea of…

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Is the boom back?

year 2018

Our third self-build show in Dublin left us wondering if the boom was back with a bang! Suppliers at the self build show wowed customers with their products and then scared the living daylights out of them with their prices. Most are now wondering if they can even afford to build at all. Firstly, architects…

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The Self Build Show

Self Build Show

As our third Self Build show approaches, I wanted to reflect on the past two shows and my thoughts on the venue, exhibitors and facilities. Established in June 2017, we actively searched for shows to attend and showcase our new estimation report.  We stumbled across online one day and very quickly messaged to see…

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Self Build Budget and Finance Tips


When it comes to building or renovating your dream home, accounting might be the last thing on your mind. However, with self-building it is very easy to get carried away. We have listed these top ten tips to help you stay on budget throughout your project.   Determine your budget Set a realistic budget for…

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The Rising Cost of Materials… And Expectations

    “New research conducted by the Federation of Master Builders has revealed that the majority of construction SMEs feel rising materials are putting the squeeze on their profits. Now the consumer is feeling the pinch.” [UK Construction Week, April 2018] Rising costs Over the last few months,  there has been a hike in the…

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