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UK appetite for self-build soars

Enthusiasm for self-build is growing rapidly in the UK, as Government legislative support, increasing awareness of the Right to Build Register and the launch of the UK’s first custom build development ‘plot shop’ at Graven Hill in Bicester have together... View Article

Julia Kendell: 2018 trends for all areas of your home

Julia Kendell, BBC’s ‘DIY SOS’ guest designer and spokesperson for The National Homebuilding & Renovating Show (22-25 March, NEC, Birmingham), looks into the 2018 trends for all areas of your home. Bedrooms “The focus for the year ahead will be on functionality... View Article

Fact of the Week – 12th February 2018

The world’s largest art gallery is the Winter Palace and Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Russia. Visitors would have to walk 15 miles to see the 322 galleries which house nearly three million works of... View Article

Framework Directive for energy-related products

In October 2009, the European Commission (EC) published a framework Directive for energy-related products, thereby extending the scope of application to products that use, generate, transfer and measure energy. This includes products under the previous scope (e.g. electrical appliances) as... View Article

Is your project protected?

With property prices ever-increasing and the eye-watering cost of moving, more and more people are opting to stay in the current home and undertake renovation work or build an extension, whether to add value or create a more practical space... View Article

How to specify a staircase

Richard McLane, Founder and Design Director of Bisca, explains why consulting a staircase specialist is as important as consulting a kitchen or bathroom specialist. Unless you are a serial self-builder, building or re-modelling your own home can be one of... View Article

Builders Merchant looking for 2018 charity partner

Chandlers Building Supplies, the leading family-owned builders merchant, is on the search for a charity to partner with for 2018. Following a hugely successful and award-winning partnership with Chailey Heritage Foundation in 2017, Chandlers is asking charities in the construction... View Article

Ancon to launch new products at Ecobuild 2018

Ancon will be launching its latest fixing innovations at Ecobuild, 6th – 8th March, London ExCeL, stand number C62. Double winner of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise and holder of a string of innovation and product development accolades, Ancon will... View Article

Editor’s comment – January/February

Hello and welcome to your first Selfbuilder + Homemaker of 2018, I hope this issue finds you well and that your self-build project is progressing smoothly after what has no doubt been a patchy few weeks, weather-wise! It’s good to... View Article

Whitelands – The ultimate home for 2018

New Year’s resolutions have something of a bad reputation – mainly because we collectively ditch 80 per cent of them by February, according to US News. However, the flip side of that is that one in five resolutions will be... View Article

Transform your home under £5,000

Michael Holmes, spokesperson for The National Homebuilding & Renovating Show (22-25 March 2018, NEC, Birmingham), shares his secrets on how to transform your home for under £5,000. Cosmetic makeover A property that is rundown, full of junk and clutter, with outdated... View Article
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