Gavin McKibbin is a builder by trade who specialises in renovations and extensions, and he built his own house in Co Down, project managing it from start to finish. Here he shares his tips and advice based on his personal experience as he came up against some common self-build pitfalls.

Being in the building trade for 15 years I had a fair grasp on what to expect in terms of the process that lay ahead, however this was my first new build and I had little experience with planners, so that was our first hurdle to overcome before we got underway with the build.

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Written by Gavin McKibbin

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