Trend alert – Recycling & upcycling for your garden

The cost of keeping your garden in tip-top shape can quickly get out of control. Whether it’s overspending on plants at the garden centre or investing in some new garden furniture, the cost of being green fingered can be expensive... View Article

How to keep your home cool during the heatwave

With the weather staying consistently hot for the longest time since 2013, Jason Orme and Julia Kendell, property experts for The London Homebuilding & Renovating Show (21-23 September, ExCeL, London;, provide their advice on how to keep your home cool. Jason... View Article

Decorating on a budget

Julia Kendell, BBC’s DIY SOS guest designer and spokesperson for The London Homebuilding & Renovating Show (21-23 September, ExCeL, London), shares her tips on how to decorate a home on a budget: Panel power If you’ve got a small budget but big... View Article

Thoughts that keep every self-builder up at night

Charlie Luxton, sustainable architectural designer from More4’s ‘Building the Dream’ and guest expert at The London Homebuilding & Renovating Show (21-23 September, ExCeL, London), shares his challenges around self building and offers tips on how to overcome them from his experience of... View Article

How to finance your own house build

Considering a move to a large, more versatile home? Looking at realistic yet affordable options for upsizing? If the answer is ‘yes’, there’s an even more important question you might want to ponder: Have you considered the option of building... View Article

Doing renovation work on your own

With rising costs, a proliferation of information available and easy-to-use products on the market more and more people are undertaking work on their homes themselves. But there are serious issues to think about. Using the right tools and equipment as... View Article

How to correctly light your home

Have you ever walked into a house and thought, wow? If so, then I warrant that much of the impact was due to the way lighting had been used. Creative use of lighting can make a room seem light, airy... View Article

How to treat your oak doors

Oak doors can make a lovely addition to any home, no matter whether you are living a traditional style property or a modern one. Oak doors are an investment piece that will add value to your home, as well as... View Article

Editor’s comment – March/April

Swings and roundabouts. While we are seeing more self-build plots coming through and being built on – supported by the Right to Build Task Force – the story opposite regarding Redrow trying to pull the plug on self- and custom-builds... View Article

Julia Kendell: 2018 trends for all areas of your home

Julia Kendell, BBC’s ‘DIY SOS’ guest designer and spokesperson for The National Homebuilding & Renovating Show (22-25 March, NEC, Birmingham), looks into the 2018 trends for all areas of your home. Bedrooms “The focus for the year ahead will be on functionality... View Article

Repurposing your shed for the 21st Century

Sheds today are used for more than just garden storage. In fact, sheds are now more likely to have Wi-Fi access than a wheelbarrow, with many people using the, for hobbies or work as opposed to gardening. The flexibility of... View Article

Editor’s comment – January/February

Hello and welcome to your first Selfbuilder + Homemaker of 2018, I hope this issue finds you well and that your self-build project is progressing smoothly after what has no doubt been a patchy few weeks, weather-wise! It’s good to... View Article

Transform your home under £5,000

Michael Holmes, spokesperson for The National Homebuilding & Renovating Show (22-25 March 2018, NEC, Birmingham), shares his secrets on how to transform your home for under £5,000. Cosmetic makeover A property that is rundown, full of junk and clutter, with outdated... View Article

10 principles of ‘green’ home design

Charlie Luxton, spokesperson for The National Homebuilding & Renovating Show, 22-25 March 2018, NEC, Birmingham (, says: For most people the driving reason behind building a low energy home is about saving energy and therefore money. Undoubtedly the whole abstract... View Article