Streamlining the future of planning

In Britain, a mere 10% of housing completions stem from the self-build sector, compared to around 80% in Austria. Establishing why this figure is so low is key to increasing the country’s number of self-builders and based on the information available, planning... View Article

How to boost kerb appeal

With new data from Reapit showing an unprecedented five-year sharp drop in property transactions in the last quarter, (36 per cent lower than the long-term average), boosting your home’s kerb appeal is more important than ever. Powertools2U has revealed that almost half of potential... View Article

The NEW Mini Pocket Spirit Levels From Hultafors Tools

Now available in the UK with a modern design, clear-focus vials for levelling work in tight spaces. It’s always been Hultafors Tools’ vision to give professional tradesmen and women the best quality tools for optimal on-site performance. That’s why these... View Article

Back to bars in the bathroom

A hot topic in the news, is the ever-growing plastics debate which is now starting to focus on bathroom cosmetics and the unnecessary packaging; this week, shower gel is in the spotlight We constantly hear how we can avoid single-use plastic;... View Article

ISH 2019 showcases 12 colour trends for the bathroom

With its evolution into a lifestyle space, the bathroom is experiencing the return of colour as well.The colour transgressions of the 60s and 70s are forgotten – the main thing is to avoid boredom at all costs. Bathroom planners and the... View Article

Get advice and inspiration at the NEC

Discover the wide range of expert knowledge and advice on offer for self-builders at the National Homebuilding & Renovating Show, which is being held in March at the NEC, Birmingham Recent reports from Plotfinder reveal a 31 per cent year... View Article

Make room outside

David Coleman of Oak Timber Structures explains why the inclusion of an oak gazebo in the garden can add huge value to a property for the long term, and discusses the considerations to bear in mind With fewer people moving... View Article

Taking an alternative route to drainage

When building or renovating a home with no connection to mains drainage for the disposal of sewage, alternative options have to be considered. Burnham Environmental Services’ Mark Newbery explains further The UK currently has four different environmental regulators for surface... View Article

BBA opens new office in Dublin

The British Board of Agrément, the UK’s leading construction products certification body, has opened an office in Dublin (BBA EU), creating employment opportunities in the city and allowing it to explore new avenues for growth outside the UK. The move... View Article

Debunking underfloor heating myths

According to Nigel Sanger of JG Speedfit, many self-builders and property developers are still cautious about installing underfloor heating (UFH) due to rumour and hearsay. Here he dispels the four most common myths Demand for underfloor heating (UFH) is rising,... View Article

A home for life

Mike Lord of Stiltz explains why more and more self-builders are choosing to future-proof their homes by including a ‘homelift’ Building your dream home can be a fantastically rewarding process. This is why, according to studies by the National Custom... View Article

A different outlook

Although Matthew and Emma Greenland’s west Wales self-build would not turn out to be their ‘forever home’ due to a change in their future plans, they created a building that makes the most of its spectacular site. Roseanne Field reports... View Article