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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

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

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

Mapei presents new grout colours for 2017

51 grout colours were unveiled by Mapei at Cersaie 2016. The new range of colours called ‘Set the mood’ is divided into five collections: Serene, Traditional, Natural, Romance and Glamour, making it easier to choose the right grout according to... View Article

Get the wow factor with smart home technology

Over the last couple of years, home technology has been referred to in a number of ways: smart home, home automation, custom installation and the integrated home. To give a simple definition, it is the integration of technology in the... View Article

Snickers Classic Series 3 WorkTrousers

A classic to rely on with superb fit and functionality – whatever work you’re doing on site. Available in a choice of hard-wearing, but comfortable DuraTwill, Canvas+ or Rip-Stop fabrics for long-lasting durability, the stylish cut in these garments has... View Article

Dependable heating from Vent-Axia

New energy efficient electric heating has come of age. While many of the UK’s 3.9 million off-grid households have been benefitting from this highly efficient heating technology for some time, those on the gas grid should consider electrical warmth too.... View Article

More is more from Simpson Strong-Tie

The 2016/17 edition of Simpson Strong-Tie’s flagship catalogue is here. Alongside the UK’s largest range of connectors for timber and masonry construction, sit over a dozen new products and several range extensions, including: Post Bases I-Joist hangers Angle Brackets Structural... View Article

Klober air-open underlay tops performance ratings

Klober membranes have been used in a couple’s zero carbon eco-home which featured in the latest series of Grand Designs. The five-bedroom, 4,300sq ft timber frame building on the West Pennine moor has Wallint 50 on the warm side of... View Article

Left out in the cold

Cold, wet , windy weather – British people are used to protecting their homes against the elements. But what about the contents in the garage? Valuable equipment and items stored in garages along with any vehicles also need protection.  Install... View Article
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