Dorset couple Charles and Pennie give us the grand tour of their cantilever, one-storey build

Situated in a heavily wooded site, ‘the Quest’ is a replacement self-build in Swanage...

A stunning Tuscan farmhouse has been radically transformed to meet 21st-century needs

The project for the refurbishment of a charming circa 16th-century farmhouse...

Planning Portal offers its advice on gaining planning permission first time

You have found the site or renovation project of your dreams and are keen...

Top tips for meeting the Passivhaus standard

Here, the Passivhaus Trust explains why self-builders and the Passivhaus standard are made for each other. The Passivhaus standard is a simple high-quality...

An exclusive look into the world of flooring design

From simple organic pattern features to soft geometric abstracts, Lorna Williams – Head of Product Design and Creative Branding at Amtico...

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The Internet of Things (IoT) is not a new topic. In fact, it has been a discussion point for decades and the first smart appliance, a toaster, was actually connected to the internet back in 1989, writes Steve Mansour, Chief Executive Officer at CRL.
If you’re planning a self-build, whether a first-timer or an experienced hand, you’ll need funding in place to drive your home-building project through its various stages, and the chances are that at least part of that funding will come in the form of a mortgage, says Rachel Pyne, Operations Director at BuildLoan.
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?
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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