Expert reveals how to turn your house into an eco-home

Converting your home into an ‘eco-home’ might seem like a daunting prospect. Many of us assume that the process of becoming eco-friendly is both lengthy and costly or involves relocating to a rural property built with sustainability in mind. The... View Article

Talking trends

Joanne Bull from Königstone discusses what she predicts will be the leading trends of 2022, focusing on the hub of the home – the kitchen There is no doubt that 2020 and 2021 were unpredictable years so, as we jump... View Article

Home Styling – What the papers say

Wallpaper might be one of the last things you think about during a build, but it’s one way to create the ‘wow factor’ that’s vital for bringing your interiors together, and infusing your personality. Designer Avalana Simpson shares some tips... View Article

Burning the misconceptions

Fire and stove suppliers Charlton and Jenrick address the misconceptions around wood-burning stove emissions, and the important new Ecodesign regulations due to come into force this year Wood burning stoves have been delivering a sustainable, renewable heating method for a... View Article

Joining the dots

Craig and Hilary Joiner had no intention of embarking on a massive building project in the Eastern Highlands – or to spend five years in the planning system – but they went with the flow and reaped the benefits TEXT... View Article

Paving the way forward

Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) and key SuDS techniques have been a planning requirement for several years now. But the current focus on climate change makes them more important than ever, as Chris Hodson of Interpave, explains With climate change, we... View Article

Dig for victory

A mother and daughter collaboration created a bespoke city pad that shows just how much can be achieved on brownfield sites, even picking up a design award TEXT & IMAGES EWEN MACDONALD Bristol has long been a trend-setting place. So,... View Article

Keeping it in the family

It took blood, sweat and tears for Gill and Tim Denham to transform a derelict 19th century cow barn in County Durham into what is now a stunning five bedroom holiday let TEXT HEATHER DIXON IMAGES DAVE BURTON Perched on... View Article

Victorian value, unlocked

When Amanda and Kevin decided to renovate their Victorian home in south London to provide better space for their family, their chosen architects managed to unlock the home’s full potential and achieved a trouble-free project TEXT ROSEANNE FIELD IMAGES LORENZO... View Article

From the editor…

Hello and welcome to 2022! Well, you might be used to this new year by now, with all of its wintry trials and tribulations, but this is the first issue of Selfbuilder and Homemaker of the year, and we are... View Article

Shaping their future

LISTEN HERE 🔊 Designed with a contemporary form to fit into the picturesque landscape of New Zealand’s Cass Bay, the architect of Aaron and Christine Green’s new curving copper family home has produced a unique building TEXT TOM BODDY IMAGES... View Article

Interior Inspiration: Living rooms

LISTEN HERE 🔊 As their name suggests, living rooms tend to be used daily by everyone in the family, so must be carefully designed to provide comfort and relaxation in addition to practicality. That’s why every detail counts; here we... View Article

Home and dry

LISTEN HERE 🔊 Andrew Scanlon of Everbuild answers some of the basement waterproofing queries asked by self-builders to help them avoid getting out of their depth in their projects Basement conversions have long been a popular way to increase the... View Article

Brick by brick

LISTEN HERE 🔊 Jason Hughes of Imperial Bricks looks at the different brick options available to self-builders, and reviews new alternatives to reclaims A self-build project is one of the single largest investments most people will ever make. Now, thanks... View Article

Visitors flock to South East Homebuilding & Renovating Show

The South East Homebuilding & Renovating Show, held at the Farnborough International Exhibition & Conference Centre on 15-16 January, surpassed all expectations as the first of the 2022 Homebuilding & Renovating Shows and set the benchmark for all live events... View Article