New self-build guides

The Builder’s Companion is a two part guide to building your home, starting with the pre design stage all the way through snagging and completion certs.

The author Philip Fitzpatrick is a serial self-builder, having built seven homes for his family over the years. He’s also a chartered surveyor and builder.

This UK & Ireland Edition, (the author has editions for the US & Canada and Australia & New Zealand), was written in conjunction with an architectural practice in Donegal.

Fitzpatrick’s tips


Written by Astrid Madsen

Astrid Madsen is the editor of the SelfBuild magazine. She previously held the same role in an Irish trade publication, before that she worked at the National Standards Authority of Ireland. She graduated with a BA in Urban Studies from Columbia University in New York and holds an MBA from the Instituto de Estudios Bursatiles in Madrid. France of origin, she now lives in Portarlington, County Laois, where she's taken on the task of renovating a listed building! Email

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