Wood works

Lynda Taylor, managing director of Diligence International discusses the benefits of burning logs Gone are the days of the relentless use of fossil fuels with little or no concern as to their lifespan. Over recent decades we have become more... View Article

A high note on modern design

Ray Bull spotted his ideal plot of land back in 2012, but had to wait three years before finally securing it as his own. Now, he has developed a large and stunning home for his family, designed with modern living... View Article

The market place for green building innovation

Self-builders keen to procure new services and solutions should head to Ecobuild 2015 (3 to 5 March 2015, ExCeL London) where the latest innovations will be on display from over 400 leading companies across the sustainable built environment From future... View Article

Sixth sense

Creating a smart environment in your property demands far more than technical expertise, argues Hugh Roche of Atlantis AV solutions, specialists in home technology To begin by stating the obvious, the most attractive feature of a self-build is the capacity... View Article

Building the ultimate man cave

Former Taekwondo world champion Charlie Walker wanted to include a few ‘extras’ in his self-built house near Keighley, West Yorkshire – not least a fully kitted out home gym. The martial arts expert spends hours pumping iron to competitive levels... View Article

The ideal show to help create your dream home

Head to the Southern Home Show from 30 January to 1 February to find the ideal products and services to create your dream home – all under one roof. The Southern Home Show returns for its second year at Alexandra... View Article

Slaying the site insurance myth

Simon Middleton, director for insurance and warranty specialist Self-Build Zone, provides us with the top 10 site insurance misconceptions. Compared to, say, choosing a building system, insurance is probably one of the dullest products out there and one that certainly... View Article

A thoroughly extraordinary weatherboard

Self-builders strive to create homes that are distinct and appealing, while not ending up with a structure that looks out of place in its surroundings. Marley Eternit looks at why fibre cement weatherboarding is able to retain a timeless appeal,... View Article

Cash in the attic

Jonathan Fellingham, managing director of Donaldson Timber Engineering (DTE), looks at how engineered timber solutions can meet the growing demand for creating ‘room-in-the-roof’. As the price of land remains expensive, one of the most frequent enquiries received from people building... View Article

Steel yourself…

John Pyatt, managing director of Crittall Windows, highlights the benefits and considerations when installing steel windows as part of your self-build project. Correctly installing high quality steel win- dows adds value to the investment you’ve made in your self-build home... View Article

Trendy tiles

British Ceramic Tile’s Head of Design Claire O’Brien discusses the latest trends in flooring as well as what is set to be extremely popular for new builds in 2015. Whether your new build is more contemporary or traditional, there are... View Article

Pushing the energy efficient envelope

Chris Duckworth, commercial director of SipBuild UK, explores how the drive for sustainable construction is taking the industry huge strides closer to a more energy efficient building envelope. According to the Carbon Trust, 75 per cent of a building’s heat... View Article

A door to the future

Simon Hipgrave is managing director of Britain’s leading garage door manufacturer Garador. Here he explains what is involved in making that vital choice of a garage door for your home. In recent years, thanks to new materials and technology, modern... View Article

Framing a window revolution

Here, Chris Coxon, head of marketing at Eurocell, looks at why the latest frame designs offer self-builders more choice than ever when it comes to windows. One of the best decisions a self-builder can make is to invest in contemporary,... View Article

Rainwater harvesting takes on new importance

As dry spells and hosepipe bans become more common in the UK it is more important than ever before for self-builders to consider the benefits of rainwater harvesting. Martin Wadsworth of Aquattic Ltd explains both the short- and long-term advantages of... View Article