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It’s easy being green

Michael Nicholls of OrganoWood UK explains what sustainability means when it comes to external wood treatment, and how self- builders can benefit from ‘going green’ Offering a beautiful combination of aesthetic and practical qualities, wood has always been a popular... View Article

Putting smoke alarms on the spot

Kidde Safety discusses current regulations for smoke and heat alarms and whether they go far enough to maximise safety Smoke and heat alarms are essential in minimising domestic fire fatalities and injuries. Installation of smoke and heat alarms to satisfy... View Article

The power of colour

Crown Paints’ Kathryn Lloyd looks into the latest paint shades and design ideas, and explains how quality formulations and technology can help bring colour to life both indoors and out Colour can be one of the most important elements to... View Article

A special bond

Madeleine McDermott of Resin Bonded explores why resin-bound surfaces are becoming the latest trend to appear in driveways and gardens thanks to a range of performance benefits What is resin-bound surfacing? Firstly, it is fast becoming the popular choice for... View Article

Hi-tech kitchens for a healthier, greener future

Zip Water UK’s Russell Owens discusses why hi-tech kitchen appliances are such an important ingredient in today’s self-builds Modern technology has always played a huge part in improving convenience in the home, but nowadays high-tech appliances are becoming increasingly important... View Article

Heat storage made easy

The thermal store is a powerful technology that can be used in a variety of ways to ‘future proof’ properties, enabling self-builders to take full advantage of renewables, when used in the best combination. Richard Hanson-Graville of Thermal Integration explains... View Article

Choosing the right external doors

From front doors to garage doors, David O’Mara of Hörmann UK answers all of your portal-related questions When it comes to front doors, what are the trends for 2017 in self-builds? The demand for unique, stylish and secure entrances that... View Article

Ultion cylinder as standard on aïr

aïr has added the Ultion cylinder lock as standard to its range of the most impressive range of bi-fold and lift & slide doors. aïr Brand Ambassador, Jay Patel says: “aïr has been engineered for extreme performance, so Ultion is... View Article

Showing the potential of Passivhaus

The Kingspan TEK Building System of Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) has been used to create a contemporary show home that blends ambitious architectural design with the meticulous energy efficiency requirements of the Passivhaus Standard, at the Potton Show Centre in... View Article

Paint Away – the ultimate paint stripper!

Stripping paint and varnish from surfaces can be a difficult and laborious task, requiring time, patience and a lot of elbow grease. Everbuild – A Sika Company now have the answer to this age old problem with the arrival of... View Article

Revolutionary new fascia & soffit system in galvanised steel

Rainclear have developed a stylish fascia and soffit system to match their Infinity Galvanised Steel Rainwater system. In keeping with the four-layer, soft sheen colour coated Galvanised Steel guttering, the fascia system comes with a 15 year manufacturer’s warranty, although... View Article

Vortice exhibits at the Self Build Show May 2017

Vortice will be exhibiting at the National Self Build and Renovation Centre in Swindon for the coming year. The stand will open on the 19th May coinciding with the National Self Build and Renovation show which runs until 21st May. ... View Article

Kingspan Kooltherm K100 range expands

Kingspan Insulation has announced the launch of two new products to join their innovative new Kooltherm K100 Range, designed to deliver lower U-values with a minimal construction thickness. Kingspan Kooltherm K112 Framing Board and K107 Pitched Roof Board are the... View Article

How to create space with your staircase

A staircase doesn’t just have to be about functionality – it can be about the design too. The right design can completely change the way you view your home. The conventional staircase fabricated from timber and covered in carpet is... View Article

Clever living from the screen experts

Phantom screens are gaining in popularity due to the trend for larger openings and bi-fold doors. Our retractable Power Screens cover openings up to 7m wide – the perfect solution for new build projects and contemporary extensions. Get more from... View Article

Yet another patent for ESSE’s hand-built British technology!

The UK’s oldest stove and range cooker manufacturer, ESSE, has been granted yet another patent for its industry-leading technology; this time for the innovative ‘surround heat’ system used on the company’s electric range cooker models. Lancashire-based ESSE continues to develop... View Article
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