Real Homes Show opens its doors with series two this summer

The highly successful new home improvement programme The Real Homes Show returns to YouTube for a second series of seven innovative and informative fortnightly episodes, debuting from 11 July 2019. The magazine-format show, in partnership with Checkatrade, the trusted tradespeople... View Article

Kingspan Tek provides off-site solution for luxury homes

The Silverlake development of sustainable homes in West Dorset is setting the standard for low-impact construction with the Kingspan TEK Building System. The bespoke holiday homes and on-site spa have all been constructed from the versatile off-site solution, ensuring excellent... View Article

Re-think, re-purpose, relax

If you’re embarking on a house renovation project, this is an exciting opportunity to make your home truly suited to your lifestyle and tastes says Jo Dyson, partner of Mae House Design and renovation and interiors expert for the London Homebuilding & Renovating... View Article

The most profitable home improvements revealed

Whether you’re an existing or prospective homeowner, it’s always vital to understand the impact home improvements can have on your property value. Understanding which renovations can add value to your home, and therefore generate a greater return should you chose... View Article

The best and worst home improvements

When it comes to selling your home and climbing up the property ladder, naturally, you want to get the best possible return on your initial investment. With fluctuations in the housing market and areas coming in and out of ‘fashion’,... View Article

Property owners urged to act over septic tank changes

Property owners are being urged by land agents and chartered surveyors Vickers & Barrass to keep close tabs on changes to septic tank regulations to avoid breaking the law. Many rural properties including houses rely on septic tanks for their sewage discharge,... View Article

Timber types

How do you decide what style of house is for you? The materials you choose can heavily influence the space you create. Carpenter Oak talk through some of the timber choices open to self-builders who want to put wood at... View Article

Choosing the right rainwater system

Yeoman Rainguard’s Sally Moores discusses the variety of options available when it comes to rainwater systems, and how to choose the right one for your project With an abundant choice of rainwater systems on the market, there is certainly no... View Article

Grand gardens

Millboard discuss the various design approaches available to help self-builders achieve a truly ‘premium’ outdoor space Great outdoor spaces reflect the style and ambience of the properties that they belong to – and they also communicate the temperaments of the... View Article

Electric range cookers – at home in any kitchen

Stylish, versatile and easy to install, modern energy-efficient range cookers are enjoying a new lease of life in both town and country, as ESSE’s Mark Blewitt explains It’s an established rite of passage on the downshifter’s ‘road less travelled.’ Scour... View Article

A healthy home is a sustainable home

Heat recovery ventilation can make homes dramatically healthier, and going a step further with heat pump ventilation can also offer energy efficient heating and cooling, says Clarissa Youden of Total Home Environment With self-builders becoming more aware that they need... View Article

Decking or patio – which one is better?

Decking or patio can be an ideal way to extend your usable outdoor space. Having that additional flat space is perfect for summer barbecues, eating outdoors, and is somewhere to place outdoor furniture relax. But which one is right for... View Article

Going up the hill to downsize

Building a contemporary home had always been at the back of one West Sussex couple’s minds, but it wasn’t until downsizing became the sensible decision that it became a reality. Roseanne Field reports In a village in rural West Sussex... View Article