Is this the Ultimate Self-Build and Renovation Web Site?

At the recent Homebuilding and Renovation Show in Birmingham, Toolstop interviewed Barry Sutcliffe of Building&DIY.com. Barry has put together a website which claims to be a "One Stop Shop" for anyone embarking on a self-build, renovation or conversion project.

Barry has worked in the building trade for 30 years in a number of roles and has continually hit barriers when it comes to finding a tradesman, a plot of land or just getting basic, general advice.

For that reason, Barry has launched his website which contains the following:

An Essential Guide - the culmination of 30 years experience written in "guide" (not "manual") form. This gives personal learnings, hints, tips and ideas for anyone involved in a project.

A Trade Directory - Whatever the trade, whether it be plumber, plasterer, builder or joiner, you will find entries for your local area as well as further afield. This is a free service.

A Land and Property Section - Free access for anyone looking for a plot of land or a property to convert.

A Community Section - Again, a free service allowing everyone to get together in a forum to share ideas, ask questions and generally communicate advice.

A News and Events Section - This allows any registered business to submit their news to help keep the general public up to speed with the happenings in the building trade.

A Special Offers Section - A quick guide to bargains

A Graphic Design Directory - a service which designs adverts for businesses to use when advertising on the website.

This covers just some of the services provided by building&diy.com. You can click here to find out more.

Look out for the interview we did with Barry in a forthcoming podcast to hear just how convinced he is that he has put together a sort of "holy grail" for self-builders in the UK.

And please, let us have your comments on what you think about the service

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