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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

Sound and vision

A major renovation of a hilltop bungalow in Devon opened up fantastic estuary views for the growing family of a music producer, while doubling as an occasional recording studio. By James Parker Paul Yeadon has had a varied life so... View Article

Choosing the right external doors

From front doors to garage doors, David O’Mara of Hörmann UK answers all of your portal-related questions When it comes to front doors, what are the trends for 2017 in self-builds? The demand for unique, stylish and secure entrances that... View Article

Standing the test of time

Richard Bishop of Wienerberger looks at how roof tile innovation is emulating classic design using modern materials to enable self-builders to find the ideal option for their project. It’s no secret that slate and clay have dominated roofing trends through the... View Article

What lies beneath

Extra space is something that many home owners desire but often that means adding a conservatory or a loft conversion. David Symes of Delta Membrane Systems looks at the basement alternative. While it may not be the most obvious option... View Article

The soft/hard debate

Choosing your flooring is undoubtedly one of the most important elements of a self-build – but should you go for for carpet or hard flooring? Selfbuilder & Homemaker’s Roseanne Field weighs up the pros and cons Choosing the flooring for... View Article

Invest in the future

Arada Stoves’ Jon Butterworth explains why stoves are becoming greener than ever and what it means for you and your build The European Union’s Ecodesign Directive Standards aren’t coming in to force until 2022, but the UK stove industry is... View Article

New beginnings

James Parker visits a self-builder who overcame a bereavement to complete a beautiful timber-framed home in Cambridgeshire Self-build projects are normally demanding and stressful, especially if it’s your first time. Nikki Scrivens had to cope with a bereavement in addition... View Article

Sustainable luxury

With the demand for sustainable products on the increase and the desire for luxury still prevailing, Marc Howlett of William Holland asks if the two can co-exist in bathrooms In today’s environmentally aware culture, the concept of luxury has undoubtedly... View Article

Understanding upholstery

From frames to flammability, Phil Reynolds from the Furniture Industry Research Association answers your upholstery queries Firstly, what type of frame should I go for? The frame is the ‘skeleton’ of a suite, to which all the different suspension and... View Article

Bottom-line benefits

Offering even heat and better energy efficiency, underfloor heating is an increasingly popular choice for self-builds. Steve Harris of Wavin offers some advice on the practicalities Why install underfloor heating rather than more conventional heating methods such as radiators? What... View Article

Creating a home fit for tomorrow

Richard Hayward of Legrand takes a look at how technology can support not only homeowners’ currently fast-changing lifestyles but also those of future generations Understanding the needs and wants of a growing and diverse population is imperative for our future... View Article

Natural living

Interior designer at Stovax Hannah Stone sheds some light on some key emerging trends in interiors, which are all about embracing nature Taking inspiration from the world around us is a time-tested way of making your home truly yours. This... View Article

Inspiration for an ideal home

Discover everything the UK’s biggest home show has to offer at Olympia, London from 24 March – 9 April The Ideal Home Show is now the longest running-show in the world spanning 109 years, closing only during WWII and reopening... View Article

The lowdown on drainage installation

Stevie Fairbairn, Scottish regional manager for Lanes Group, looks at the most common mistakes made when installing drainage systems – and how to avoid them If there is one area of a new build project where the expression ‘once it’s... View Article

Construction’s big event regenerates for 2017

A reinvented Ecobuild returns in March with what’s been hailed as an immersive exhibition and conference programme, under the umbrella theme of regeneration The leading show for the built environment, Ecobuild 2017 will see ExCeL London transformed into a ‘city’... View Article

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
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