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Industry recognition for sustainable luxury

Cheshire Barn Homes – already creating a name for themselves by beautifully restoring traditional farm buildings into contemporary energy-efficient homes – has now been given the seal of approval by the Local Authority Building Control. The Cheshire Barn Homes, Broomhill... View Article

A modern escape made for viewing the sea

London architecture practice JaK Studio today unveils details of its latest private residential commission – a luxury contemporary villa in St. Tropez, South of France. The design and build for the property was commissioned by a British couple, both of... View Article

Right advice makes home technology a natural fit

UV Architects and Inspired Dwellings have collaborated on the complete renovation of a family home between the commons in Wandsworth, London. The challenge to create a fully connected home by transforming the sound, lighting and vision is increasingly given to... View Article

Architect’s home wins sustainability award

The Birmingham office of civil and structural engineers Thomasons has won a regional Structural Award from the Institution of Structural Engineers for its role in designing a highly sustainable family home – ‘Home4Self’ – in partnership with Axis Design Architects.... View Article

A high note on modern design

Ray Bull spotted his ideal plot of land back in 2012, but had to wait three years before finally securing it as his own. Now, he has developed a large and stunning home for his family, designed with modern living... View Article

The Boardwalk House

Winner of the Sunday Times British Homes Awards “EcoHaus” design category the Broadwalk House is a modern lakeside home. Beating seven other shortlisted finalists in an online vote, the home has been created by the design team from NPS Leeds,... View Article

A striking change

A family in Chorlton are now living in the home of their dreams after their dated 1920’s bungalow was given a stunning, modern redesign by Raynes Architecture. The brief was to create something that is fully accessible to all, without... View Article

Tudor wins “Best Roofing Product” Award 2014

Tudor Roof Tiles Co Ltd, Britain’s foremost independent handmade clay roof tile manufacturer, has won the prestigious 2014 ‘Build It Award’ in the category of ‘Best Roofing Product’. The company received this accolade for its historically authentic range of handmade... View Article

Tengbom designs Kommendören restaurant

Tengbom’s interior design studio has designed the new Kommendören restaurant in Stockholm’s Östermalm district. The neighbourhood restaurant is inspired by the American bistro concept and will open its doors this Friday, 10 October. Kommendören, at Kommendörsgatan 7, is the most... View Article

Interim report shows zero carbon Solar House success

The UK’s first fully solar-powered new build home is performing above expectations, according to an interim report into the effectiveness of its energy system. Reviewing energy flows within Caplin Homes’ Solar House in Leicestershire, the paper suggests that the building... 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

Building a harboured dream

For many years, Mick and Isobel Jennion had harboured a dream to build their own sustainable home and when, in 1981 they visited a new eco-efficient housing development in Milton Keynes with a fully built, fully furnished Potton show home... View Article

Just imagine… recreating your childhood home

The couple, who moved from a two bedroomed flat in London to an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Wiltshire, wanted their children to enjoy the same rural lifestyle they did. And that included never-forgotten features from Louise’s own childhood... View Article

Swapping life in the city for country life

Kevin and Elise Meers were faced with a dilemma. Do they settle for a house in the perfect location and extend it, knowing it will never be right? Or, do they knock it down and simply start again and make... View Article

Addicted to self-build

Meet Roger and Jane Bailey. Roger is a professional photographer and Jane is a sales manager. Roger has built three Potton homes in the past 30 years – and enjoys the self build process more every time. “My first Potton... View Article

Contemporary design

Meet Cliff and Shena Cooper, who’ve built an ultra modern eco home in Northamptonshire. Cliff is a semi-retired solicitor and Shena is the CEO of the Secret Seed Society. When the couple set out to extend their existing home, they... View Article

Help and guidance

Meet Leah and Richard Allen. Leah is a management consultant and Richard is MD of a flooring company. The couple have two children, Joseph (7) and Jemima (5). When Leah persuaded Richard to build a new house on the site... View Article
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