Transforming homes with the OI-30 Internal Door

How families use their homes has changed dramatically over the past five years. Working remotely is now a permanent arrangement for many whilst entertaining at home is much more common. But open plan properties do not support multiple functions of... View Article

W40 steel profiles an ideal match for modern living

The versatile W40 window profiles, specifically developed by the Steel Window Association (SWA) for its members, are a stylish and modern solution that suit both new-build and refurbishment applications. While the classic W20 section continues to be preferred by conservationists and many... View Article

For perfect floor tiling – think BAL

Looking for high-performance, high-quality floor tiling products? Think BAL – the UK market leaders for tiling solutions. BAL has a number of products and systems for floor tiling – from screeds and levelling compounds, to uncoupling mats, high performance tile... View Article

A new lease of life for landscape thanks to Haddonstone’s stonework

Haddonstone, the UK’s leading name in cast stone design and manufacture, was selected to create a range of high-quality cast stone landscaping components for the considerable gardens at a beautiful, historic property in Leicestershire. Much of the existing stonework throughout the grounds of the property had weathered over... View Article

New Marmox Fireboard offers ideal EWI and IWI substrate

Building on the broad benefits of its widely specified Multiboard, insulation manufacturer Marmox has introduced the highly versatile Fireboard into its range for both internal and external wall insulation (IWI/EWI) applications. The Marmox Stone Wool based product shares the unique... View Article

Breathe easy

Jay Vitale of Air For Life looks at the essential importance of indoor air quality, and the practical considerations around purification systems, while addressing common self-builder concerns to help you breathe easier Building a home from scratch is a rewarding... View Article

Variety is the spice of self-build facades

Combining cladding with stone, brick and other materials on your exterior can give your home added character and create a strong aesthetic statement, as Lisa Grosse from Cedral explains While brick is widely used for residential exteriors in urban settings,... View Article

Changing the game with Origami

For Hugh and Karen, the obvious response to improving a 1980s house near Stirling was to extend, however in the end a full ground floor reconfiguration with a ‘folded’ appearance was a game changer, creating ‘the Origami House’ TEXT NIK... View Article

Time to turn off the gas

When choosing a heating system for your new-build project, it’s now time to move away from the previous default option of a conventional gas boiler. James Chaplin of Mitsubishi Electric says that UK’s net zero target is just one reason... View Article

Committing To A Low Carbon Journey

In April 2022 we surveyed our self-builder readership to discover how many of them were pursuing a ‘low carbon’ build, and also what their challenges have been along the way. We have once again surveyed self-builders’ opinions and experiences to... View Article

The power of daylight

David Clarke of IDSystems explains the transformative power of bringing abundant natural light into the home, and how innovative glazing solutions are reshaping our modern living spaces Over the past decade, there has been a substantial shift in the way... View Article

Form follows

Simon and Jo Morris made over their home in Hitchin with their architect, transforming it from an open-plan layout to a set of distinct, harmonious spaces that worked better for their growing family TEXT TOM BODDY IMAGES JWB ARCHITECTS In... View Article

Selfbuilder Diaries

Film editor Ollie Stothert and his wife’s biggest production yet saw them write a new script to transform a site in Buckinghamshire “And…Action!” – these words have defined my career as a film editor. Little did we anticipate that these... View Article

The lowdown on natural flooring

Crucial Trading’s Scott Hosie walks you through the different looks and feels of natural flooring materials for each part of your home, to achieve a mix of healthy as well as characterful spaces When determining the interior design scheme for... View Article

Full Height Loft Insulation And Storage with Loft Leg

When building your dream home, or renovating your existing home you will need to consider loft insulation. With the increasing levels of loft insulation required however, storage in the loft can become an issue. Our innovative Loft Leg products allow... View Article

IronmongeryDirect switches on new electrical range

IronmongeryDirect has expanded its huge product range with the introduction of over 1,100 electrical products. Many leading brands in sockets and switches, lighting, heating, and ventilation are now available, to complement the company’s existing portfolio and meet even more of... View Article