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A green partnership

Heat pumps are often paired with underfloor heating, but a system featuring low-H2O radiators could provide greater comfort, control and efficiency. Jaga UK’s Claire Owen discusses why implementing renewable heating needs a ‘whole system approach’ to work best. Many people... View Article

Builder and Plasterers Essentials

One of the world’s largest construction manufacturers, Simpson Strong-Tie, has released a new catalogue of structural connectors, beads and meshes aimed squarely at the repair, maintenance and improvement sector. The 2018 ‘Builder and Plasterers Essentials’ brochure includes all of the... View Article

Scandi balance

Embrace the Swedish trend of achieving a more balanced lifestyle using the concept of ‘lagom’, with tips from Catharina Bjorkman – of Swedish wood burning stove company Contura. The Swedish term ‘lagom’ (pronounced lar-gom) means ‘just the right amount’; ‘not... View Article

Warning for homeowners over builders’ insurance

Homeowners improving their properties have been warned to check credentials after it was revealed up to half of the UK’s building contractors may be underinsured. Experts at Construction Insure claim that around half of all UK contracting firms, including builders,... View Article

Baufritz fuses traditional and contemporary forms

German prefabricated housing designer and manufacturer, Baufritz, has unveiled its new show home, Heimat 4.0. Heimat 4.0., roughly translated to “feeling at home”, is designed to demonstrate how prefabricated housing can effectively combine traditional features with contemporary living. On the... View Article

MOCT Studio designed ‘3 x 5 House’ starts onsite

Bespoke architecture and design practice MOCT Studio has commenced work on its 3 x 5 House project, which received planning permission last year. The name of the project refers to the dimensions of the house in Voss Street, east London.... View Article

Editor’s letter

Hi and welcome to your May/June edition of Selfbuilder + Homemaker! We have the usual array of useful features offering advice to self-builders on product choices – and this month it includes how to choose mortar and cement to avoid... View Article

Barn stormer

In order to build in the Kent green belt, Richard and Susan Skelly had to exactly replicate the dimensions of an old barn they were replacing. Roseanne Field reports on how this constraint has given their home a unique character.... View Article

Shedding some light

Martyn Haworth from Bison Frames answers your questions about the wide range of window and door options available to self-builders, while describing some of the benefits of different styles and materials, and what to watch out for. Windows and doors... View Article

Seamless surfaces achieved with Osmo UK

With the famous spring clean season amongst us, professional decorator, JGDecorator was contracted to renovate and refresh a composite oak kitchen worktop and shelving area in a family home. Thanks to its hardwearing properties and aesthetically pleasing finish, Osmo UK... View Article
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