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Vent-Axia supports its ‘Mo Bros’ for Movember

Employees at Sussex-based Vent-Axia, the UK’s leading ventilation company, are once again supporting Movember to help break the silence and raise vital funds for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer, testicular cancer and suicide prevention. For the month of November, a... View Article

Best commuter towns for self build revealed

New research by developer Searchfield Homes reveals the best commuter towns around the capital to build your own home. Harpenden in Hertfordshire tops the list (see Table 1) as the best self-build commuter town, followed by Esher and Weybridge, both in... View Article

First things first

Mary Riley, a specialist adviser in mortgage funding solutions for custom-build and self-build projects, says that there are several things to get right first before seeking a mortgage Whether you have identified a plot of land for development, a barn... View Article

Klober underlay for low pitch roofs

A problem facing designers and builders with roofs to building extensions is that existing windows or pipework may preclude the pitch needed for coverings such as plain tiles. Klober Permo® extreme RS SK2 enables profiled tiles to be laid at... View Article

Shaws double bowl sink

For a typically traditional style kitchen the Shaws fireclay compact double bowl sink comes with a central dividing wall and is the perfect choice for a busy kitchen looking for a traditional multi-purpose sink. The Classic double is available in... View Article

A material world

Brendon Robins of Spatial Design Architects explores some of the recent trends when it comes to specifying key building materials for house designs There is a phrase ‘there is nothing new under the sun’ and it is true that major... View Article

Green credentials with green oak

Darren Hook of English Heritage Buildings looks at why green oak is not only an attractive material with strong heritage, it is also a great option if you’re looking to up your eco credentials When considering building an eco home... View Article

Flawless flooring

If you are planning a contemporary luxury interior floors are the crucial element to get right, with seamless finishes and natural looks being key current trends. Tom Kitchener of Aliva UK looks at recent examples When architects EligoStudio designed the... View Article

Open the door to aluminium

Manying Siu of bi-folding door and lantern roof supplier Made For Trade discusses how the shift towards high quality aluminium home improvements will benefit renovators and homeowners ‘Don’t move, improve’ is a mantra that .couldn’t be more relevant today. Recent... View Article

Escape to the country

Cembrit’s Ged Ferris discusses why you might consider a more unusual choice of cladding ­– corrugated sheeting – illustrating one rural success There’s no denying that designing and building your own home is a vast undertaking involving much planning, numerous... View Article

The house built on a pension

Thrifty pensioners Vic and Lilian Davidson built their ‘garden’ home in Nottinghamshire for just £28,000, thanks to hard work and the Internet. Words and pictures by Heather Dixon Vic and Lilian Davidson built their house with their own bare hands... View Article

Building ‘off-grid’

Gregor Dalgleish from Calor discusses the best fuel choices for rural self-builders If you’re a rural self-builder creating your dream home in the countryside, it’s likely you’ll have more space and freedom to perfect your property than if you were... View Article

The lowdown on tile trends

Jayne Adamson of British Ceramic Tile looks at some of the upcoming trends in tiles for new builds in 2017 Which material? Choosing what material to use on walls and floors is as important as planning room layouts or selecting... View Article
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