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We have selected the pick of the bunch in terms of books and software which will help you understand homebuilding and hopefully make your project easier! Buy securely online from Amazon, or alternatively visit the National Self Build & Renovation Centre (Swindon) to buy direct from our bookshop.

Grand Designs

Grand Designs is a firm favourite of ours here at BuildStore, Kevin McCloud and Channel 4 really put self build in everyone's living room with these fantastic series. If only more of the people had used BuildStore Finance & Trade Card their projects may just have finished on time and within budget!

Tommy Walsh

Tommy has been heavily involved in Self Build & Renovation for many years, and is also ambassador for The National Self Build & Renovation Centre in Swindon. In his books, Tommy aims to take the mystery out of DIY by providing a comprehensive step-by-step guide to some of the more common tasks around the home.

Self Build

If you're taking on a self build project then it's a good idea to read up on the process first. Above are some of our favourite self build books.

Renovation & Conversion

From loft conversions to renovating Victorian houses, the books above will all give you practical advice and make the task a little easier.


Eco technologies are becoming ever more popular and many self builders are considering building eco homes. There are plenty of books available but some of our particular favourites are shown above.


If you're the hands-on type of renovator or self builder then these book suggestions may be right for you.

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