Maximising the benefits from below

Toby Howard-Willis of JG Speedfit offers some advice on how to achieve the full benefit of an insulated underfloor heating system The self-builder market is increasingly looking towards underfloor heating (UHF) systems as a cost and energy efficient way to... View Article

Bi-fold door specification made clear

When it comes to buying bi-fold doors, there are various factors to bear in mind before laying out cash on such an important purchase. Solarlux breaks down the key areas to consider It may not seem so to the casual... View Article

Industrial revolution

Interior designer Gina Everett of Create Perfect gives some style tips on achieving the key current trend of a modern industrial look in the kitchen Trends by their nature tend to come and go in interiors, but when considering designing... View Article

Everything you need under one roof

Looking for guidance on your self-build? The National Self Build and Renovation Centre in Swindon is the place to go for help with any aspect of a project, as Roseanne Field reports The National Self Build & Renovation Centre (NSBRC),... View Article

The best laid plans

For many self-builders, finding a plot to build on is the biggest hurdle, but for one retired couple using their own land proved just as problematic, for a host of reasons. Roseanne Field reports Set back from the main A22... View Article

Sustainable building – it’s all in the mind

Ben Warren, Managing Director at global building materials manufacturer, Baumit UK, offers a guide to sustainable construction for the self-builder. According to a Green Building Council report, more than one home every minute will require refurbishment in the UK if... View Article

Chapter two: preparing for demolition

When we heard from first-time self-builders Sarah and Andy Ball in the last issue, they were at a crossroads, unsure if their Derby build would go ahead. Things have changed however, and the demolition notices are in When we left... View Article

Shower power

Ashley Prescott of Power-Pipe discusses how waste water heat recovery can stop you throwing money down the drain every time you shower In terms of the practicalities, waste water heat recovery (WWHR) couldn’t be more straightforward. A WWHR system is... View Article

How to clean laminate floors

Laminate floors require regular maintenance to prevent scratching or damage, and a key part of this is cleaning the surface itself. Generally, you should aim to clean your laminate floor with a dry mop once every few days or so.... View Article

It’s easy being green

Michael Nicholls of OrganoWood UK explains what sustainability means when it comes to external wood treatment, and how self- builders can benefit from ‘going green’ Offering a beautiful combination of aesthetic and practical qualities, wood has always been a popular... View Article

Putting smoke alarms on the spot

Kidde Safety discusses current regulations for smoke and heat alarms and whether they go far enough to maximise safety Smoke and heat alarms are essential in minimising domestic fire fatalities and injuries. Installation of smoke and heat alarms to satisfy... View Article

The power of colour

Crown Paints’ Kathryn Lloyd looks into the latest paint shades and design ideas, and explains how quality formulations and technology can help bring colour to life both indoors and out Colour can be one of the most important elements to... View Article

A special bond

Madeleine McDermott of Resin Bonded explores why resin-bound surfaces are becoming the latest trend to appear in driveways and gardens thanks to a range of performance benefits What is resin-bound surfacing? Firstly, it is fast becoming the popular choice for... View Article

Hi-tech kitchens for a healthier, greener future

Zip Water UK’s Russell Owens discusses why hi-tech kitchen appliances are such an important ingredient in today’s self-builds Modern technology has always played a huge part in improving convenience in the home, but nowadays high-tech appliances are becoming increasingly important... View Article

Heat storage made easy

The thermal store is a powerful technology that can be used in a variety of ways to ‘future proof’ properties, enabling self-builders to take full advantage of renewables, when used in the best combination. Richard Hanson-Graville of Thermal Integration explains... View Article

How not to find a builder

First-time self-builder Sarah Ball describes her troubles finding a builder for their highly contemporary project in Derby It’s the one phone call my husband Andy and I didn’t want. Three years and one month of living in a property we... View Article

Sound and vision

A major renovation of a hilltop bungalow in Devon opened up fantastic estuary views for the growing family of a music producer, while doubling as an occasional recording studio. By James Parker Paul Yeadon has had a varied life so... View Article

Choosing the right external doors

From front doors to garage doors, David O’Mara of Hörmann UK answers all of your portal-related questions When it comes to front doors, what are the trends for 2017 in self-builds? The demand for unique, stylish and secure entrances that... View Article

Standing the test of time

Richard Bishop of Wienerberger looks at how roof tile innovation is emulating classic design using modern materials to enable self-builders to find the ideal option for their project. It’s no secret that slate and clay have dominated roofing trends through the... View Article

What lies beneath

Extra space is something that many home owners desire but often that means adding a conservatory or a loft conversion. David Symes of Delta Membrane Systems looks at the basement alternative. While it may not be the most obvious option... View Article