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What the papers say

I Want Wallpaper’s head of design Alex Whitecroft takes a look at the key 2018 trends for wallpaper and explains the benefits of being bold and brave with your choices Wallpaper has been the product of choice for interior designers... View Article

A juggling act

Despite working as long-haul flight attendants and running their own business, Nick Housley and his partner took on the challenge of turning their Sussex bungalow into a ‘des res’. Roseanne Field reports Self-build is in Nick Housley’s blood, his parents... View Article

Safety first in the bathroom

Yvonne Orgill of the Bathroom Manufacturers Association explains why know how on CE marking of bathroom products can be safety-critical You are probably used to looking for a CE mark on toys and electrical appliances. But did you know that... View Article

Investing in the right people

When City types Rachel and Lee Oliver decided to build their rural home, putting faith in their architect and builder to make the right decisions proved to be the making of their project. Roseanne Field reports Pulling into the driveway... View Article

Reducing risks

The Protek Group’s Simon Middleton takes a look at some of the risks that can extend beyond people’s contingency, explaining how you can identify and manage your exposure more-effectively and why site insurance is so important Aself-build project can be... View Article

Finding the fibre for you

Carpet manufacturer Lano’s Gary Alp talks through the different carpet fibres available today, from old favourites to the latest innovations, to help you make the perfect selection for your build There’s more to think about when choosing a carpet than... View Article

Composite contenders

Charles Taylor of wood plastic specialists Composite Prime discusses the rise of the composite decking trend and how it is helping to drive the timber industry forward Timber has long been considered one of the most environmentally friendly building materials... View Article

Timber windows – see the light

Jonathan Hey of Westbury Windows and Joinery offers some tips on getting your windows right and explains the benefits of choosing timber When building your own home, even with a big budget, every pound counts. Deciding where to spend your... View Article

Ideas for creating the perfect wet room

Lee Reed, product manager at bathroom and tile retailer Easy Bathrooms, offers some advice on designing a the perfect wet room, from initial considerations, to how the process works, and some design ideas. A wet room could be considered the... View Article

A bathroom that works for everyone

Yvonne Orgill of the Bathroom Manufacturer’s Association offers some advice on designing a bathroom to meet the needs of all ages and abilities, without compromising on style Bathing is an integral part of life. Ensuring cleanliness and good health is... View Article

A timeless statement

Tile and bathroom retailer Easy Bathrooms teams up with interior designer Gina Everett of Create Perfect to explain how to achieve a timelessly retro finish in the bathroom While the bathroom is often a place for speedily getting ready for... View Article

Clearly sustainable

After having their design for a dream home rejected on two sites, a retired couple succeeded in creating a modern, sustainable and visually ‘transparent’ self-build on a rural site in north Devon. James Parker reports Mark and Melanie Goldman’s self-build... View Article

Getting the light just right

Selfbuilder & Homemaker takes a look at how a London couple extended their home to create a bright and modern family-friendly space Beri and Julie Cheetham set out to modernise their Victorian home situated in sought-after London borough Wandsworth. By... View Article

The grass is greener

David Hedges-Gower of Lawn Solutions explains how to care for a lawn and offers his tips on keeping it in top condition during the colder months When taking on a self-build project the house itself is of course a focus,... View Article

Pick up the pace with SIPs

Timber Innovations’ Ian McCarthy explains why the interest in SIPs as a modern method of construction continues to grow fast The UK is seeing a rapidly increasing enthusiasm among self-builders and others in the construction sector to opt for structural... View Article

Making savings from a rainy day

Stormsaver’s Lisa Farnsworth explains how rainwater harvesting systems can help self-builders save water and reduce household running costs For those choosing to self-build, rainwater harvesting systems are becoming a popular solution to be kinder to the planet and reduce household... View Article

Walking on sunshine

With various options available, walk-on rooflights can offer an abundance of light to dark spaces while still allowing for movement above. Chris Chaney of Sunsquare explains how Rooflights have been maximising daylight in architecture for years but now the need... View Article

More than just a garage

Andrew Guppy of The Classic Barn Company discusses the options and considerations when specifying a detached garage Garages may not immediately seem like the most interesting part of a self-build, but with a little imagination and creativity, adding a detached... View Article

A grand adventure

Building your own home should be the perfect opportunity to fulfil your wishlist – however wild and wacky. This is how the Aylmer family approached creating their holiday home on the north Cornish Coast, as Ewen MacDonald reports From the... View Article

Working it from home

The hottest interior trends are making their way into the home office and what’s more, they could actually be aiding your productivity. Abby Chinery looks at the most desirable decor trends that you should be adopting. When it comes to... View Article
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