How and when we started
The Build a Dream Self Build Association started in Bath in 2000 as the Bath & District Self Build Association,initially meeting in Bath Central Library. It soon became clear that there was a much wider need for information and support across the UK, so the name was changed to reflect this, but keeping the BADSBA identification.
In 2008 the government said they needed a single representative body to speak for the whole self and custom build sector, which wasn't what BADSBA was concentrating on. So a new, different group was called for. Thus the National Self Build Association, NaSBA, was founded, with BADSBA's help. NaSBA subsequently updated their name too, becoming the National Custom & Self Build Association, NaCSBA.
NaCSBA has achieved changes in legislation, planning policies and financial support across the UK that makes it much easier now to gain planning consent for your own home. This would have been harder to achieve, and the improvements less accessible to self builders, without BADSBA's input.
Who are we for?
Self builders are individuals who want to achieve better designed homes, that suit their own families and lifestyles. They are the ones who have employed the latest ecological and innovative techniques and cutting edge materials, or have returned to the most historical and traditional build methods. They want to live in properly designed homes, that are well constructed, well insulated, comfortable to live and work in, and worthy of admiration for the achievement.
Where we are going
BADSBA continues to concentrate on supporting individual self and custom builders to achieve their own dream homes, whether it be a completely new house, a conversion, an extension, an ecological upgrade, or initiating a group or community self build scheme.
There are opportunities to set up and host your own local BADSBA sub groups anywhere in the UK, with our support. You can gain such a lot from doing this, as you construct your own local network of contacts and other self builders. The mutual support is invaluable.