Useful Links

As active participants in the construction and self-build market, we are always working with the community to try to provide information and links that may be of interest to our users. The links below are some of the sites, products and services that compliment our Arcon software and may be of interest to our customers. If you would like to be listed in this section please contact us at

Please note: All of the links below direct you to external websites beyond our control. Whilst we try to ensure that all links are appropriate for our audience, we cannot be held liable for the content of these sites.


Self-build Magazines


Build It

The UK’s first self-build & renovation advice magazin. Build It magazine is the essential resource for anyone planning a bespoke home building project. Whether you're keen to tackle a self-build, house renovation, extension or conversion, Build It is packed with inspirational reader homes, in-depth design advice and practical, expert guidance to help you make a success of your project.

Homebuilding & Renovating

The UK’s best-selling magazine for self-builders and renovators – is packed full of inspirational house design ideas, products and features to ensure your new home is a real success. Each month you’ll find case studies of people just like you who have created their own individual home. Written and produced by experienced self-builders and renovators, it also offers expert advice on everything from planning permission, choosing architects and finding builders to buying plots, choosing materials and keeping costs under control.

Real Homes Magazine

Real Homes magazine is for anyone looking for home improvement inspiration and advice. It features great value shopping guides, decorating trends to inspire and the best reader home renovation and extension projects – including kitchens, bedrooms and bathrooms for every budget. This brand new editorial mix will also include a new expert advice section, which offers readers the practical and inspirational advice they need to complete their home improvement project – Real Homes is the complete home improvement magazine.

Period Living Magazine

Period Living is Britain’s best selling period homes magazine, and each month is packed full of practical help and advice on all aspects of traditional homes, including interiors, gardens, antiques & renovation. If you appreciate the timeless qualities of classic style and elegance updated for modern life, Period Living is the magazine for you.

Plotfinder is the UK’s leading website for buying & selling land and renovation opportunities in the UK. Subscribers to the site get access to daily updated database of plots and properties maintained by a dedicated team, who speak to estate agents, auction houses and private sellers so that you don’t have to. Other benefits include the easy to use search engine, access to the plot-sharing service, personalised interactive e-mail alerts direct to your inbox.


Useful Resources


BuildingRegs4Plans provides an easy-to-use online system for compiling Building Regulations Specifications for Domestic Projects including Extension, New Build, Flat, Loft and Garage Conversion, and Garage Build Plans. More than advice and guidance, the site provides a large range of concise Building Regulations Notes and a library of hundreds of Detail Drawings for submission on plans to Building Control. We also provide a mobile app for offline, on-site access to our library of specifications.
Quantity Surveying and Estimating Service for builders, self- builders and builders merchants.
NaCSBA is the voice of the Custom and Self-build housing sector. Our mission is to make Custom and Self-build a mainstream choice for everyone seeking a home of their own.
The self build self help site – a one-stop shop of information for self builders, whether you are contemplating the build of a complete house or undertaking a home improvement, an extension, renovation or modification.
Britain’s longest running self-build magazine.
Homebuilding & Renovating is Britain’s best-selling magazine for anyone creating an individual house through self-build, renovation, extension or conversion.
Whether you’re interested in building your own home, doing some serious home improvements, renovating an older property to bring it back to life or converting a building to create a stylish new home, this is the place for you!
The FMB is the UK’s largest trade association in the building sector, with national offices in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, supported by additional regional offices. FMB is a source of knowledge, professional advice and support for its members, providing a range of modern and relevant business building services to save them time and money.
The NFB provides business solutions to builders, contractors and house builders across England and Wales. For companies involved in the building and construction industry the NFB provides vital resources in key areas.
The Self Build Directory is a free to use resource connecting Self-Builders and Renovators with the products and services required for their projects.
Top-quality laser, digital & electronic tools for leveling, measuring, surveying, detection, inspection and testing.
Downloadable and affordable stock house plan designs to inspire and customize.
Home plan professional provides cad drafting services including design development, construction documents, as-built drawings, and mechanical, electrical and plumbing drawings.
Cad Conversion, auto cad conversions, paper to cad service and cad drafting service.They specialize in house plan drafting and blueprint to cad conversions.
General contractor Western Cape. Get free online rate quotes from top Construction Company, Kitchen Renovations, Bathroom Remodeler, Home Improvement, New Construction, Room Addition, House Renovation, Painting.
UK Home Improvement Companies
This mortgage overpayment calculator can give you an idea of how overpaying on a mortgage could save you money by reducing the amount of interest charged