Wednesday 17 December 2014

Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Bill debated at 2.30pm Room 9 Westminster 

Bill - http://www.publicati...150016_en_1.htm


Place a duty on local authorities to keep a register of individuals and
community groups who have expressed an interest in acquiring land to bring
forward self-build and custom-build projects and to take account of and make
provision for the interests of those on such registers in developing their
housing initiatives and their local plans;

to allow volume house builders to
include self-build and custom-build projects as contributing towards their
affordable housing obligations, when in partnership for this purpose with a
Registered Social Landlord; and for connected purposes.

1Registers of persons seeking to acquire land to build a home
(1)Each relevant authority must keep a register of
(a)individuals, and
(associations of individuals (including bodies corporate that exercise functions
5on behalf of associations of individuals),
who are seeking to acquire serviced plots of land in the authority’s area in order to build
houses for those individuals to occupy as homes.
(2)Each relevant authority must publicise its register under this section.
(3)Relevant authorities are—
(a)10district councils;
(county councils in England so far as they are councils for an area for
which there are no district councils;
©London borough councils;......... more
I've just been reading the famous book Tiny Book of Tiny Houses by Lester Walker, I cannot recommend it enough. The illustrations, particularly are beautiful.

I also have Lester Walkers "American Shelter" which is very good value . It's a wonderful historical reference of evolutionary architecture.  Look Inside book here

Saturday 29 November 2014

 Home Being Built From Shipping Container To House Family For Christmas 


Thursday 13 November 2014


We are working with a composite door manufacturer to re-use their new off cuts

(mainly where windows are cut out) These are fire resistant grp fibreglass & foam core composite & side off cuts are upvc core grp outer composite. Most are 45mm thick & up to 2m long

See pics for various sizes, they come in 7 colours on one side and are mainly white on the other side.

As shown in pic. We made a basic sample of a 2m greenhouse panel with Phils double glazed unit. (Theres a 1m rule on top of the glass for scale)


 We are working with Phil near Chester who is selling his Ex Conservatory stock of hardwood wood frames. Wood is from Indonesian mahogany family  (most in 5" or 6" by 2" size in 3 -6 foot lengths)

Ideal for building or cladding your small structure. To view or buy some Contact Phil on 01244 300892 (be aware that Phil is often away on business & may take a while to get back to you)

Phil also has some double glazed window units for sale (although larger sizes in pics have now sold) 

Note: Phil is away from Dec 10th 2014 until Jan 16th  2015

Sunday 25 May 2014

On 23rd May 2014, Cabinz delivered 19.5 Wood framed SIPs type insulated panels (re-used from a refridgerated warehouse ) to artist Mark Folds near Newcastel Emlyn in West Wales to build an office within his workshop.


Friday 18 April 2014

Thanks to the staff at Reciprico Wirral, the buidling material re-use project.

We have joined, and bought some great building materials to frame our panels.

They are stocking our grp comoposite panels for sale in the area 

FOR SALE - New 53mm thick composite panels of GRP + foam core in various large sizes

We are selling new 53mm thick composite panels of double sided coated fibreglass with a kingspan type foam core. These are very strong, light & insulative .  

Fire resistant production off cuts in various large sizes.

Grp panel sizes
Total thickness:  53 mm or sometimes 44mm

410 x 1440 mm
410 x 1510 mm
430 x 1440 mm
430 x 1510 mm.

Bigger panels are 1310 x 1777mm

840 x 2000mm

870 x 1910 mm 

We have a regular supply of these with 50+ sq metres in stock, new stock sizes may vary by 5 - 10cm

Email us for details
After several previous visits, where they were very helpful, I talked to the Ellesmere Port Fab Lab yesterday about cutting our 53mm grp composite insulated panels with their cnc router.

David Armson Fab Lab Manager, referred me to mersey signs who kindly mentioned nearby co. Beplas  who offer ...

"a leading supplier of interior surface solutions for hygienic applications. With the UK's most extensive range of internal wall and ceiling lining systems"

Manager Steve gave me some great samples to explore joining our panels together. This was advice from a long trading expreince of 30 yrs of trading in modular panels supply

 I visited the successful 2 Chester & Ellesmere port "Men is Sheds " projects, had a chat with some users & the managers.

I I hoped they made require reused panels for project users no longer able to get to the project unit. Alas, I was told the opposite was true & most users already had a garage shed at home, but had moved to the project unit building to get help from the community or spoort / use of more tools / materials

Sunday 16 March 2014

This is the Blog for

We are a small group of Uk based Volunteers. 

We aim to promote the design and construction of cabins and tiny buildings, and the insulation or improvement of existing buildings.

We try to provide sources to re-usable materials or provide them ourselves at low cost to raise funds for the project.

Contact us at

We are currently looking to supply various associates & Orgs. with low cost insulated wood panels to build small structures.

Projects under consideration are:

1. A small garage for car / bike repair

2. A tiny garden cabin for a student to study

3. A small shed / summer house.

4. A commercial landlord dividing up a work unit

5. A woodworker artists office / design space in Wales