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Editor’s comment – September/October

This month we feature two self-build projects which vividly illustrate the rich variety which is present in schemes across the UK. Our case study (on page 22) is a fairly extraordinary black-painted house sitting on a Cornish clifftop, which may... View Article

Getting the most from extensions

The increasing costs of moving due to stamp duty and mortgages, combined with the unrelenting hassle of dealing with broadband and utility companies, mean more of us are realising extending is the best solution to our housing conundrums. The lure... View Article

A quality double act; roof windows and blinds

Daylight is one of the holy grails of modern living. Bright, well-lit spaces have clear health and well-being benefits. In short they make us feel good and unsurprisingly this is something we want from our homes. In this quest for... View Article

Chapter two: preparing for demolition

When we heard from first-time self-builders Sarah and Andy Ball in the last issue, they were at a crossroads, unsure if their Derby build would go ahead. Things have changed however, and the demolition notices are in When we left... View Article

Editor’s comment – July/August

Hello and welcome to your new-look Selfbuilder & Homemaker! The team has been working hard to produce a great-looking new design for the magazine and we hope you like it as much as we do. We all know that first... View Article

Transform your home for under £5,000

Michael Holmes, property expert and spokesperson for The Southern Homebuilding & Renovating Show (1-2 July 2017, Sandown Park, Surrey, surrey.homebuildingshow.co.uk) shares his secrets on how to transform your home for under £5,000. Cosmetic makeover A property that is rundown, full of... View Article

How not to find a builder

First-time self-builder Sarah Ball describes her troubles finding a builder for their highly contemporary project in Derby It’s the one phone call my husband Andy and I didn’t want. Three years and one month of living in a property we... View Article

Editor’s comment – May/June

Building your own home has to be one of the most satisfying things you can do in life, that is once all of the pain and suffering has subsided. As the protagonist in our case study this month Paul Yeadon... View Article

Editor’s comment – March/April

As I write this in sunny Sussex, the property industry is gathering in Cannes for the annual MIPIM knees-up. This year the handshake-heavy event features the somewhat alarming proposition of UK councils on a charm offensive to attract funding in a post-Brexit world.... View Article

Aluminium veteran shares a lifetime of experience

Wayne Maycock is a well-known figure in the industry, which he has worked in for the past 30 years. Following a life-changing accident, the UK Commercial Sales Manager at aluminium systems company Reynaers is raising money for a new prosthetic... 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

Exclusive blog: The future is now

It’s an inalienable fact that just as the world keeps on turning so does our desire to continuously innovate. Staying ahead of the game is crucial if we are to succeed in helping our clients now and in the future,... View Article

Smart answers on smart homes

Ben Johnson, director of Powertrac Electrical Services, a Berkshire-based smart home and electrical contractor, answers some of the frequently asked questions on smart homes. What is a smart home? In short, a smart home intelligently automates and allows you to... View Article
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