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Kingspan TEK beats the snow in the Alps

The Kingspan TEK Building System has been installed as part of a luxury ski chalet in the French Alps, helping the project to be completed within the tight schedule of the Alpine building season. In the traditional yet lively town... View Article

Green VMZINC for Cotswold Dutch barn conversion

The Dutch Barn at Mill Farm, Ewen is an exciting Cotswold Revival scheme set in five acres and combining a blend of rural architecture and efficient, eco-friendly design. Daniel Stewart Architectural Services specified a curved roof to follow the building’s... View Article

Making a Passivhaus a home

A stylish Passivhaus home in South Manchester has achieved exceptional levels of airtightness through a combination of careful detailing and a high performance structure, provided by the Kingspan TEK Building System. Steve and Mel Howarth hired certified Passivhaus designers, PHI... View Article

Architects think outside the box with glass extension

A Brentwood-based architectural practice overcame a challenging brief to deliver a full refurbishment, loft conversion and extension of a local home. Spatial Design Architects were commissioned by a private client to create a contrasting design with the house’s brick facade and... View Article

To the light house – Trelas, St Ives, Cornwall

Located in St Ives, Trelas takes its name from the Cornish word for homestead – but this house is more than that. Built on a steep and skinny strip of land, it’s a light-filled feat of engineering and architecture overlooking... View Article

Fired up about brick’s creative potential

That most traditional British method of masonry house construction, good old-fashioned brick, remains popular with self-builders. As the Brick Development Association’s Andrew Eagles says, that’s down to the material’s creative flexibility as well as its aesthetics and durability. According to... View Article

Sales rocket on developer’s self-build scheme

Househunters have snapped up 50 per cent of the self-build plots at a sought-after development in Gosforth. Twenty of the 39 serviced plots at Charles Church’s development Elmwood Park Green at Newcastle Great Park have been sold with more expected... View Article

So much more than worktop makeovers

In a recent home improvement project, Granite Transformations has showcased examples of its extended range of makeover materials, services and fittings for the kitchen and bathroom, whilst displaying the current trend toward white and off-white decorative surfaces. The kitchen of... View Article

Schueco’s revamp of network centre successfully completed

Leading building envelope specialist, Schueco UK Ltd, has announced that the refurbishment of the Schueco Network Centre in Milton Keynes is now complete. The revamp – designed to improve the Centre’s facilities even further for architects, main contractors, Schueco network... View Article

Italian flair for a truly bespoke London interior

Milan based interior design office EligoStudio and architectural finishers Aliva UK have joined forces with build specialists Create Bespoke Beauty to bring inspired Italian flair to a Notting Hill townhouse. EligoStudio designed the dramatic interior on the four-storey private dwelling,... View Article

UK Passivhaus Awards 2016 winners revealed

The Passivhaus Trust (PHT) announced the winners of the UK Passivhaus Awards 2016 on Friday 8 July. PHT members voted online or at an awards ceremony on 7 July in London to determine the winners of this year’s competition which... View Article

Omnie heat social services

Underfloor heating systems from the Omnie range have been employed in the refurbishment of a South-west community building, providing energy efficiency as well as helping to create a healthy indoor environment for the many members of the public as well... View Article

Kingspan rises to the challenge of water tower renovation

Products from Kingspan Insulation’s Kooltherm and Therma ranges have helped to transform a derelict water tower in North Yorkshire into a striking family home, as featured on Channel 4‘s Restoration Man. Built in the late 1930s, Pannal Water Tower provided... View Article

New-build home is first to use cutting-edge Ecodan QUHZ

A new-build home in Leicestershire is demonstrating how anyone can achieve a highly efficient property that provides a warm, comfortable environment, using existing technologies and readily available building techniques. The spacious three-bedroom, detached home has been built by Keyplan Developments... View Article

Copper rainwater system changes with the times

Lynnic Associates, a construction company specialising in high quality one off house builds, recently embarked on a development of 7 units in Chesterfield, one of which being a new build project. The Dutch Barn was built on the site of... View Article
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