Finding and buying land or a property to renovate or convert can be quite a daunting prospect. The Editors of Homebuilding & Renovating magazine have put together a series of guides, hints and tips to help you on these first steps of your self build or renovation journey.

Housing Minister, Brandon Lewis, has announced which areas will be at the forefront of new plans to get Britain self building

For years, purchasing a plot often meant a torturous search up hill and down dale only to find, after months of searching, that elusive plot.

The current 2016 end dates for the relaxed planning laws for office conversions and large domestic extensions could be extended.

Changes to Permitted Development (PD) Rights have created new freedoms for people who want to convert a barn in England.

Update 25/7/14: Applications are now closed. Popularity means the £120m budget for the fund was hit last night.

In March 2014 the Government announced a raft of policies that will help to make life easier for self builders.

Spending time finding a good builder could be one of the best investments you make.

Renovating a home can be extremely rewarding, but before you buy, you need to be sure that the project won't end up costing more than you bargained for.

First-time self builders Darren Findlow and his partner, Anthony, are about to construct an energy efficient, oak framed house.

In the case of all new builds you will need planning permission, but you may also need approval if you plan to make changes to an existing building.