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When to knock down and start again

Mark Stevenson, managing director of Potton and Kingspan Timber Solutions and self-build and renovation expert for The London Homebuilding & Renovating Show, on why self-builders should demolish rather than wait for empty land. Over 53 per cent of UK adults... View Article

Johanna Konta has self-build application refused

British number one tennis star Johanna Konta has had a self-build planning application refused under conditions set out in the new National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). Konta put in an application for a four-bedroom timber-framed house to replace an existing... View Article

Devon council shares self-build knowledge

Teignbridge District Council, hailed a “trailblazer” in self- and custom-build homes, is to share its experience with Mid Devon District Council in order to help more people build their own homes. Charles Acland, self build officer at Teignbridge will offer... View Article

Editor’s Letter

Unlike our cover star this issue, which is a fantastic four-storey home inspired by the Fab Four, not all self-builds are created as ‘forever homes.’ Sometimes you may want to be in control of your home’s design and build, and... View Article

Frontier Pitts launches LPS1175 Platinum gate range

As the Market Leader of perimeter security equipment, Frontier Pitts are constantly identifying the ever-changing security threats and have now further developed their Automatic High Security Gate portfolio to provide an Intruder Resistant “Platinum” range successfully proven to resist attack... View Article

Top ten reasons to visit Grand Designs Live this October

Grand Designs Live, proudly sponsored by Anglian Home Improvements, is gearing up for its most inspirational show yet! Whether you’re starting out on your first renovation, building a new home, redecorating a room, looking for ideas to reduce your home’s... View Article

Clean and hygienic paint solutions from Crown Trade

As well as providing colour, paint should also provide protection which is why leading paint brand Crown Trade has extended its Clean Extreme range to offer specifiers a trio of high performance products to help combat the common problems of... View Article

Simpson expands range with masonry reinforcement and render mesh

Introducing the latest product offering by leading construction connector manufacturer Simpson Strong-Tie; masonry reinforcement and render mesh solutions for timber and masonry construction: Bricktor® for crack control reinforcement Brickforce® for structural reinforced masonry applications Bricktie® – developed to overcome the... View Article

Preparing your garden for autumn

No matter the current condition or size of your garden, or whether or not you’re a keen gardener, the change in season will soon be here along with all of its leaves. There are endless opportunities to clean, refresh, protect... View Article

Extension builders are more in demand than ever before

Homeowners thinking of extending their homes are being advised to plan ahead, as builders report being busier than ever before. New research from MyBuilder.com, a website for homeowners to find tradespeople for their home improvement projects, has shown that extension... View Article

The evolution of the home and self-build

Jason Orme, spokesperson for The London Homebuilding & Renovating Show (21-23 September, ExCeL, London, www.homebuildingshow.co.uk/london), looks into how social and economic trends are affecting the way people use and design their homes. Multi-generational living 30 years ago, it was very common... View Article

Dulux Trade announces ColourFutures™ 2019

Dulux Trade, the UK’s leading paint brand, has revealed its coveted ColourFutures™ colour palettes for 2019. Now in its 16th year, the Dulux Trade ColourFutures™ 2019 palette is selected to help professionals make colour and design choices for a wide... View Article

Extend your summer with a She Shed

The rising She Shed trend is a great way to create a beautiful garden haven and extend your outdoor lifestyle now summer is drawing to a close. She Sheds are becoming an increasingly popular ‘must have’ with women across the... View Article
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