The Owner Builder magazine was established in 1981 with the aim of serving the interests of the owner builder. The Owner Builder 222 June-August 2021 was a very special bumper issue, with 132 pages and a heavier cover, to celebrate the 40th anniversary.

It is with a heavy heart that I have to say it was the last issue. 

The timeless information published over 40 years is not lost. All 222 back issues plus compilations are still available in digital format through the online shop.

Whether you are still thinking about buying a plot of land, planning and designing your home or already in the building phase, there will be something of interest. Subject matter is diverse, including getting started, planning, designing, building, renovating, maintenance, energy efficiency, sustainable building, hands-on guides – to name but a few. Materials covered include mud brick, rammed earth, straw bale, timber, corrugated steel, weatherboard – and many more!


  1. The Earth Garden Building Book: Design and build your own house has gone out of print, after 32 years, and four editions. It has been reviewed as “the Australian owner-builder’s bible,” and there are hundreds of thousands of copies around.

    I get a trickle of email enquiring about buying one, but my box is empty.

    So, as a service, I am setting up a trading post.

    If you have a copy to sell, or want to buy one, please visit https://bobrich18.wordpress.com and click on the link at the top: “Building book trading.” I want to put sellers and buyers into contact with each other.

    Best wishes to all,
    Bob Rich

  2. I read OB magazine from Papua New Guinea. OB offers wealth of knowledge, ideas and wisdom. I bought a copy around 2005 and since then it has been my favorite.

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