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

Good exterior landscaping is about more than kerb appeal

After another spring of storms and their subsequent flood stories making a stake in the headlines, Andrew Gill, marketing manager at Brett Landscaping, takes a look at the hard landscaping options available to the self-builder and offers advice on how... View Article

Built for sharing

The award-winning Lancaster Cohousing project on the banks of the River Lune is fast becoming an inspiration for sustainable low-cost communities of the future, as Heather Dixon reports. It took four friends with a vision, a huge leap of faith... View Article

Maximising daylight in design

It is clear that there is an opportunity for architects and specifiers to make much better use of daylight in buildings throughout the design process. Indeed daylight should play as central a role in the design as technical installations. However,... View Article

Working with water

Glyn Hyett, managing director of 3P Technik UK Ltd and director and founding member of the UK Rainwater Harvesting Association, addresses the issues surrounding the implementation of rainwater harvesting and sustainable drainage systems Water design stakeholders There are a number... View Article

Standing the test of time

Richard Brown, category marketing manager at Wienerberger, explains how the versatility of clay combined with its inherent properties makes it an extremely viable and attractive choice for self-builders. Most know of the inherent solidity and security associated with the material,... View Article

From manor house to floating home of the future

Selfbuilder & Homemaker meets Tony and Nicky Maude who swapped their listed manor house for an ultra modern home that’s the model of minimal living. Tony and Nicky Maude lived in a listed manor house but dreamed of building a... View Article

Now is the time to create a stunning home

The first Western Home Show is on at the Three Counties Showground from 12 – 14 September and right now is a great time to enhance, renovate, extend or even build your own home. With the property market and the... View Article

Lighting for a digital age

As LED lighting increasingly becomes the solution of choice, it’s important to understand how it works and what makes the difference between good LED lighting systems and disappointing ones. Duncan Chamberlain, director of Philips Lighting explains. Switching on a light... View Article

Green lime mortars show their true colours

Roger Shroff, sales and technical executive of Lime Technology Limited, explains the benefits to using increasingly popular lime mortar, both internally and externally. One of the joys of embarking on the journey of becoming a self-builder has to be the... View Article

Build tight, ventilate right

Graham Copson, technical manager at Klober, explains why it’s worth spending time getting the balance between ventilation and airtightness right. The phrase ‘build tight, ventilate right’ has become synonymous with the construction of low energy buildings, yet awareness of how... View Article

The A-Z of stairs

To help self-builders understand the dos and don’ts when planning and designing the perfect staircase, the BWF Stair Scheme has produced a helpful A to Z guide of everything you need to know about stairs. A is for… Accidents. Stairs... View Article

How to meet the demands of sustainable design with timber

Christian Jebsen, CEO of Kebony, explores how advances in technology have meant that sustainably-treated timber is an ideal choice for the shrewd self-builder due to its resilience, strength and aesthetic appeal. The task of building a home from scratch is... View Article

Meet the Eco Technology experts

The third Eco Technology Show returns to the Brighton Centre on 26-27 June with over 140 exhibitors and a powerful speaker line up that offers practical information on how to install and use energy saving technology; ideal for those involved... View Article

UFH in conversion projects – the essentials

The most common question asked about the suitability of underfloor heating (UFH) in a building conversion is ‘how can we minimise the floor build up?’ This is an important area to master within a project such as an office to... View Article

Unravelling the options for cast stone specifications

There are three cast stone options available for architectural projects. Simon Scott of Haddonstone explains Cast stone is one of the most versatile building mat-erials available and, in a number of important ways, is markedly superior to quarried stone. One... View Article

The Shadow House: A story of inner city self-build

Having designed large luxurious properties for private clients and worked on complex urban social housing developments, David Liddicoat and Sophie Goldhill were keen to use their combined experience to create a small, attractive, cost effective and compact home for themselves.... View Article