Top tips from some of the best names in the world of render

Whether you’re using render to revitalise tired walls, or to encapsulate that fresh finish...

The self-build boom

A new market report, that is the largest of its kind, has revealed that the self- and custom-build industry is growing at a rate of 6.25% year on year...

Three stone ruins transformed into a sympathetic conversion

Three stone ruins standing strong on a hillside located on the northern edge of Penryn...

Sourcing natural stone locally

There’s a lot to be said for using locally-sourced natural stone when it comes to adding a touch of authentic class to a self-build project...

How to achieve a spa-like feel in your bathroom

Here Dan Cook, Designer at luxury bathroom company C.P. Hart, explains how to achieve that spa-like feel in your self-build’s bathroom...

Case Studies

Project Inspiration

Contracts and Legalities

Did you know it is vital that appropriate cover is obtained for listed homes as general insurance providers may only provide enough cover for a minimal ‘standard’ rebuild, leaving you to finance the shortfall should the worst happen?
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If you are a self-builder about to undertake a project involving the conversion of a barn, you need to consider the cost of and difficulty in obtaining a building warranty (Latent Defect Insurance), says Rosita Mendonca from BuildSafe – a leading building warranty insurance provider.
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Self-build projects account for 7 to 10% of new housing in England each year (around 12,000 homes); a figure dwarfed by 80% in Austria and 60% in France. Barriers to self-build in England include; lack of available financing, planning and regulation processes as well as land supply and procurement. In this article Sarah Chilcott, MD of Planning Portal,...
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The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is a planning charge introduced by the Planning Act 2008 as a tool for local authorities in England and Wales. Monies from CIL can help local authorities deliver infrastructure to support the development of their area, such as travel improvements and schools. Here, Sarah Chilcott, Managing Director of Planning...
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