Six steps to smoke alarm specification

By Martyn Walley, national technical manager at Aico Ltd When building your home you are governed by a myriad of rules and regulations, including those pertaining to fire safety. Under Building Regulations, smoke alarms are a legal requirement in new... View Article

London Build 2015: the leading new construction exhibition

London Build is the leading new construction exhibition to focus on the construction boom in London and the South of England. The event will take place at London’s O2, accommodating over 200 international exhibitors and thousands of quality attendees showcasing... View Article

Home defence force: effective flood defence measures explained

Housebuilders and developers can keep the planning authorities happy and homeowners reassured by adopting simple, cost effective mitigation measures to both new builds or as ‘retrofits’ to existing properties, explains Frank Kelly, the founder of UK Flood Barriers After experiencing... View Article

A practical and beautiful living surface

Installing luxury wood flooring gives an opportunity to create a unique character, style and add warmth to a space. It can last a lifetime and increase the property value and saleability of a project as Director of Ultra-Interior Ltd, Darren... View Article

Green roofing – not just a fancy lawn

Green roofs, a planting scheme established on a roof, structure or wall, can bring not only great aesthetic qualities to a building but a host of environmental, social and economic benefits as well. It’s also not just the reserve of... View Article

Time to pamper and relax

Often neglected, the bathroom should be a place of relaxation. Hurlingham – The Bath Company helps to make it special once again Designing a bathroom for any property requires careful consideration; there is a huge choice of décor, furniture and... View Article

Wood works

Lynda Taylor, managing director of Diligence International discusses the benefits of burning logs Gone are the days of the relentless use of fossil fuels with little or no concern as to their lifespan. Over recent decades we have become more... View Article

A high note on modern design

Ray Bull spotted his ideal plot of land back in 2012, but had to wait three years before finally securing it as his own. Now, he has developed a large and stunning home for his family, designed with modern living... View Article

The market place for green building innovation

Self-builders keen to procure new services and solutions should head to Ecobuild 2015 (3 to 5 March 2015, ExCeL London) where the latest innovations will be on display from over 400 leading companies across the sustainable built environment From future... View Article

Sixth sense

Creating a smart environment in your property demands far more than technical expertise, argues Hugh Roche of Atlantis AV solutions, specialists in home technology To begin by stating the obvious, the most attractive feature of a self-build is the capacity... View Article

Building the ultimate man cave

Former Taekwondo world champion Charlie Walker wanted to include a few ‘extras’ in his self-built house near Keighley, West Yorkshire – not least a fully kitted out home gym. The martial arts expert spends hours pumping iron to competitive levels... View Article

The ideal show to help create your dream home

Head to the Southern Home Show from 30 January to 1 February to find the ideal products and services to create your dream home – all under one roof. The Southern Home Show returns for its second year at Alexandra... View Article

Slaying the site insurance myth

Simon Middleton, director for insurance and warranty specialist Self-Build Zone, provides us with the top 10 site insurance misconceptions. Compared to, say, choosing a building system, insurance is probably one of the dullest products out there and one that certainly... View Article

A thoroughly extraordinary weatherboard

Self-builders strive to create homes that are distinct and appealing, while not ending up with a structure that looks out of place in its surroundings. Marley Eternit looks at why fibre cement weatherboarding is able to retain a timeless appeal,... View Article