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European inspiration

Eve and David Jervis travelled to Germany to find inspiration for their spacious, contemporary eco self-build in Yorkshire. Words by Heather Dixon, pictures by Feature Services Eve and David Jervis didn’t know whether to celebrate or commiserate when they realised that... View Article

Internal doors: doing it right

Simon Johnson from Derbyshire wooden door specialists JB Kind, answers your questions on choosing internal doors What style should I go for? Everyone has their own sense of style – no one more so than the creative and determined self-builder... View Article

Keep it clean

Robert Dennis of Airflow Developments explains why installing an effective ventilation system is so crucial to health, and how best to approach it Self-builders are encouraged to make their homes as airtight as possible to maximise energy efficiency and reduce... 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

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

SIP replacements – the cure for self-build?

The performance and speed benefits offered by structural insulated panels (SIPs) are compelling for self-builders in the current climate of skills shortages and tighter Regs, says Chris Duckworth It isn’t that long ago that the recession obliterated good and bad... View Article

Blending the old with the new

Giving your property a touch of old charm can stretch your budget, but the secret’s in the guttering, says Hayley Lowry of Brett Martin Plumbing and Drainage The sheer range of products on the market can make buying materials for... View Article

Experts on hand with advice and assistance for selfbuilders

Find invaluable resources and tools for your self-build as the London Homebuilding & Renovating Show returns to ExCel, from 23-25 September According to latest research from mortgage lender Halifax, Greater London’s property prices have risen by 432 per cent per... View Article

Greener spaces

Aidan Bell of EnviroBuild explains how composite decking made from wood and recycled plastic can offer a sustainable as well as safe alternative, as seen on a recent case study When Steve Kelly and his wife, Nicola, bought their first house in... View Article

Time for a Grand Design

Grand Designs Live Birmingham is back again at the NEC for 2016, this time for five days Grand Designs Live, proudly sponsored by Anglian Home Improvements, is set to return to Birmingham from 19-23 October. The event promises to break... View Article

Let there be light

Emyr Davies of Arboreta and sister company Welsh Oak Frame believes the trend for light spaces is set to continue, but needs careful thought if all that extra glass is not to lead to extra problems When homebuyers are asked... View Article

Opening up the possibilities

Garage doors have improved hugely in recent years as the value placed on them by homeowners has increased. David O’Mara of Hörmann looks at the different options available and how to decide which is best for you Garage doors have... View Article
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