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Embracing nature

Garden designer Elaine James and her antique dealer husband Ian used their combined skills to design a tranquil home around the ever-changing view of the north Yorkshire countryside. It can be blowing a gale across the field at the back... 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

LED by efficiency & style

Kitchens and bathrooms are increasingly being used for more than just their functionality. Dave Simpson of YESSS Electrical looks at how recent lighting developments can be harnessed to maximise a room’s enjoyment. The 2016 Kitchen Trend Report, from interior design... View Article

Doors of perception

Kloeber’s Matt Higgs corrects some myths on sliding door performance, saying they are a thing of the past. The image in many people’s heads when they think of a sliding door is a thermally inefficient metal door which sticks on... View Article

To the light house – Trelas, St Ives, Cornwall

Located in St Ives, Trelas takes its name from the Cornish word for homestead – but this house is more than that. Built on a steep and skinny strip of land, it’s a light-filled feat of engineering and architecture overlooking... View Article

Controlled spirals

Antonia Harding of British Spirals & Castings dispels the myth that spiral staircases are dangerous and explains how they can be used effectively and safely in your project. With their architectural beauty and space-saving benefits, spiral staircases can be the perfect... View Article

A house for all seasons

When the O’Gradys built a new home in a remote Scottish hamlet near Inverurie, it had to withstand the ever-changing conditions of its dramatic setting by Heather Dixon For eight years Courtney and John O’Grady lived with their three children in... View Article

National Homebuilding & Renovating Show returns

The National Homebuilding & Renovating Show is gearing up its forthcoming event with over 450 exhibitors, 16 free seminars and over 50 masterclasses. The show, taking place at the NEC, Birmingham, from 14-17 April 2016, and sposored for the first... View Article

Grand Designs Live returns for 2016 at London ExCel

Grand Designs Live London, sponsored by Anglian Home Improvement returns to London for 2016, from 30 April – 8 May Grand Designs Live, based on the hugely popular Channel 4 TV series Grand Designs, offers visitors a chance to view... View Article

Wood flooring – what you need to consider

Tom Barnes of Vastern Timber offers an overview of options and considerations for people thinking of installing a wooden floor A wood floor is special. In recent years the popularity of uncarpeted wood floors has grown steadily as people rediscover... View Article

Putting the climate firmly under the spotlight

For people overseeing the new build and refurbishment of their homes, the weather is likely to have had a major impact out on site. However, planning and implementing strategies to cope with such conditions should not just feature at the... View Article

Fireplaces: the hearth of the home

Tracey Falshaw, marketing manager for luxury gas fire specialist Faber, explains why a gas fire focal point in the home is becoming ever more popular and the benefits they can bring to any self-build project From living rooms and bedrooms... View Article

Glazed roofing – let the light shine in

Installing a glazed roof on a section of your new-build is easier than you might think with improvements to glazing technology and building techniques. Not only will it add intrinsic value to the property, but it will allow natural light... View Article

An energy-efficient show home

Scandia-Hus have recently opened their new Show Home, located in West Sussex. The property has a stunning contemporary style and is extremely energy-efficient with high levels of insulation Design The new show home showcases the quality of the Scandia-Hus specification... View Article

Underfloor heating – not just a load of hot air

Nigel Sanger, Technical Manager at JG Speedfit, explains why underfloor heating systems should be embraced and why more people should consider this alternative to traditional heating methods Over the last five years there has been a steady growth for underfloor... View Article

Floods, SuDS and paving

When you are planning a new or replacement drive, patio or other paving, whether around an existing home or as part of a new-build, you probably don’t think about where the rainwater landing on it will end up. But taking... View Article

Integrating technology into a project

Integrating technology into a self-build project is fast becoming the norm. CEDIA (the Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association) discusses what can be achieved by installing technology in the most important rooms in your house Bedrooms Comfort and style play... View Article

Future proofing

  Damion and Melanie Rothner took the stress out of their self-build with good research, forward planning and a reliable PM, by Heather Dixon Not everyone gets to see their house built at a national trade show before it arrives... View Article
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