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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

First things first

Mary Riley, a specialist adviser in mortgage funding solutions for custom-build and self-build projects, says that there are several things to get right first before seeking a mortgage Whether you have identified a plot of land for development, a barn... View Article

A material world

Brendon Robins of Spatial Design Architects explores some of the recent trends when it comes to specifying key building materials for house designs There is a phrase ‘there is nothing new under the sun’ and it is true that major... View Article

Green credentials with green oak

Darren Hook of English Heritage Buildings looks at why green oak is not only an attractive material with strong heritage, it is also a great option if you’re looking to up your eco credentials When considering building an eco home... View Article

Flawless flooring

If you are planning a contemporary luxury interior floors are the crucial element to get right, with seamless finishes and natural looks being key current trends. Tom Kitchener of Aliva UK looks at recent examples When architects EligoStudio designed the... View Article

Open the door to aluminium

Manying Siu of bi-folding door and lantern roof supplier Made For Trade discusses how the shift towards high quality aluminium home improvements will benefit renovators and homeowners ‘Don’t move, improve’ is a mantra that .couldn’t be more relevant today. Recent... View Article

Escape to the country

Cembrit’s Ged Ferris discusses why you might consider a more unusual choice of cladding ­– corrugated sheeting – illustrating one rural success There’s no denying that designing and building your own home is a vast undertaking involving much planning, numerous... View Article

The house built on a pension

Thrifty pensioners Vic and Lilian Davidson built their ‘garden’ home in Nottinghamshire for just £28,000, thanks to hard work and the Internet. Words and pictures by Heather Dixon Vic and Lilian Davidson built their house with their own bare hands... View Article

Building ‘off-grid’

Gregor Dalgleish from Calor discusses the best fuel choices for rural self-builders If you’re a rural self-builder creating your dream home in the countryside, it’s likely you’ll have more space and freedom to perfect your property than if you were... View Article

The lowdown on tile trends

Jayne Adamson of British Ceramic Tile looks at some of the upcoming trends in tiles for new builds in 2017 Which material? Choosing what material to use on walls and floors is as important as planning room layouts or selecting... View Article

SIP replacements – the cure for self-build?

The performance and speed benefits offered by structural insulated panels (SIPs) are compelling for self-builders in the current climate of skills shortages and tighter Regs, says Chris Duckworth It isn’t that long ago that the recession obliterated good and bad... View Article
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