Kitchen trends 2019

Words by Adrian Stoneham | Managing Director, Stoneham Kitchens  As the sun slowly sets on the year 2018, why not celebrate the dawn of the new year with a brand new kitchen? 2019 is destined to be an exciting year... View Article

UK Passivhaus reaches 1000

The Passivhaus Trust is delighted to announce that the number of certified Passivhaus units in the UK has topped 1000 – with at least as many again in the pipeline. The Trust is UK affiliate of the Passivhaus Institute, and was established just... View Article

Knock on wood

Whether it’s to hide behind or make a statement with, your front door is the defining element of the public facing exterior of your home.  It’s the strangers’ first impression as they call on you, and it’s the portal to... View Article

The joys of going bespoke

Jon Sillitoe of Burlanes Interiors discusses why self-builders should consider investing in a bespoke kitchen, explaining how it worked out for a family in Chelmsford. Your kitchen is the heart of your home, where the family congregates to eat, cook... View Article

Upcycled & Unique

Natalie Lockwood, interior designer and owner of studio and blog Little Mill House, discusses the current upcycling trend, and how you can embrace it to bring a distinctive look and a greener interior. Upcycling has become as mainstream in recent... View Article

How to buy the perfect conservatory

So, you have the perfect home, you’ve put a great deal of effort into achieving an impeccable interior and a stunningly green garden, your home is a combination between comfortable and stylish, on trend and completely you. Are you ready... View Article

The simplicity of SIPs

Paul Newman of Kingspan Timber Solutions explains the simple and compelling concept behind SIPs (Structural Insulated Panels), and why you should consider them in the construction of your new home. Masonry, SIPs, timber frame, ICF, straw bale, oak frame –... View Article

Attractive options for energy-efficient house design

Vanessa Howard of Roof Maker explores how taking a rigorously ecological approach to design can improve energy efficiency without compromising on aesthetics and individuality, focusing on rooflights. In 2017 the average UK household spent £102 per month on electricity and... View Article

Strawberry Fields forever home

When a couple decided to build their Beatles-inspired ‘forever’ home in a north London suburb, the speed at which their kit home took shape left them suitably impressed. Roseanne Field reports. From the street, Mr and Mrs Young’s house, while... View Article

Setting the standards for structural timber

Structural Timber Association board member and managing director for Kingspan Timber Solutions and Potton, Mark Stevenson answers self-builders’ queries on how to use structural timber, and why solutions are increasingly likely to be factory-built. The Structural Timber Association (STA) has... View Article

Exhibitors and experts set to inspire

Grand Designs Live will be back at Birmingham’s NEC from 10 -14 October as part of UK Construction Week, providing everything self-builders need for their project, all under one roof. Grand Designs Live, sponsored by Anglian Home Improvements, will return... View Article

Number 41 in full swing

Selfbuilder + Homemaker is following Andy and Sarah Ball as they build their modern, eco-friendly home in a popular Derby suburb. Sarah brings us up to date with its swift recent progress, including how they helped educate local children on... View Article

When to knock down and start again

Mark Stevenson, managing director of Potton and Kingspan Timber Solutions and self-build and renovation expert for The London Homebuilding & Renovating Show, on why self-builders should demolish rather than wait for empty land. Over 53 per cent of UK adults... View Article

Johanna Konta has self-build application refused

British number one tennis star Johanna Konta has had a self-build planning application refused under conditions set out in the new National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). Konta put in an application for a four-bedroom timber-framed house to replace an existing... View Article

Devon council shares self-build knowledge

Teignbridge District Council, hailed a “trailblazer” in self- and custom-build homes, is to share its experience with Mid Devon District Council in order to help more people build their own homes. Charles Acland, self build officer at Teignbridge will offer... View Article

Preparing your garden for autumn

No matter the current condition or size of your garden, or whether or not you’re a keen gardener, the change in season will soon be here along with all of its leaves. There are endless opportunities to clean, refresh, protect... View Article