Mark Bartram is the Managing Director of Lawnmowers Direct, a leading UK supplier of lawnmowers, and believes that everyone can achieve a stunning lawn all year round, given the right equipment and expertise.

Everyone knows that when building or renovating a house you want to make sure you choose the right products. There are so many options available that it can become quite hard to decide which system is most suitable for your requirements and the ways in which you navigate your home…

Adding carpet, a stair runner or just a fresh lick of paint to your staircase can transform an old, worn and dull-looking walkway into the bright focal point of your hallway that your home deserves. But what’s best – a fully-carpeted staircase, one that showcases a stylish stair runner or…

Finding and purchasing a renovation project fills many people with excitement and often this excitement can help to bag amazing opportunities, it can also lead to hasty decisions without proper thought. Emma Page, Owner of the Victorian Emporium, hopes her short guide will help ensure your project runs smoothly.

It isn’t exactly something that many of us pay attention to or think about that often, but the idea of putting cladding on your home should be a rather big consideration when designing your home or redeveloping. The versatile nature of cladding means that the number of materials that can…

Cliff Fudge, Technical Director at H+H – one of the UK’s largest manufacturers of aircrete – explains what factors self-builders need to consider when it comes to deciding which materials to specify for their project.

With the British summer this year proving to be more glorious than we could have ever hoped for, many people are now turning attentions to their gardens and outdoor living spaces. Our homes are a place we invite our family and friends to share and so it is important to…

Today the foundations of a building are required to provide the basis for constructing a ground floor that is, or can be, both well insulated and free of thermal bridging. The basic element for this is the means of connecting the floor and the rest of the superstructure with the…

New YouGov research has highlighted a lack of awareness surrounding Japanese knotweed which is putting UK homeowners at risk. Can you spot the unruly intruder when plot-searching for your dream site?

Hard-pressed listed property owners have launched a national petition calling on the chancellor to reduce VAT on repairs and approved alterations to their homes.

When it comes to picking a design for your home cinema many people may not know where to start. It may seem like a daunting task and the more research you do, the more options you may be presented with, but there are many professionals that can help with this.…

Great lighting at the front of your self-build not only provides a warm welcome for guests, it is also a practical addition.

In the last three or four decades, the way we live has changed dramatically. Here, Ray Murphey of Fold N Go discusses the important role bi-folding doors play in today’s self-build designs.

When it comes to extending your home, you’ll face an array of choices. Brickwork? Glass? A bit of both? What should you avoid doing? The questions can become overwhelming. So, Apropos has put together a guide to choosing the right extension, to make things a little easier.

Physical and visible deterrents give criminals the first indication that the owner of the property has an awareness around security and as a result the criminal will often move on elsewhere to look for somewhere easier to break in to.

The British climate can throw a variety of types of weather at us from the Atlantic, sometimes bringing large amounts of rainfall. Many gardens in the UK suffer from poor drainage, so if your garden is one of them, rest assured, you are not alone.

With more people than ever before planning a new build or self-build, making sure you stay the right side of Building Regulations is vital if you want to avoid any potentially expensive and time-consuming problems with building inspectors.

Having completed your dream home, painting and decorating is the final stage that really makes it feel like your own. Here Simon Tilbrook, Director at Fenwick & Tilbrook, gives his top tips on paint types for your self-build.

Whilst working in the Alps as a Ski Instructor and Mountain Guide, James Dealtry visited many of the luxurious chalets in the resort which blew him away. Their sheer beauty, and robustness, but also how well they fitted into the landscape really appealed to him, and he told himself that…

When it comes to decorating, choosing the right tools for each job can sometimes be a minefield.

The UK has around 133 days of rainfall each year. We all largely moan about the rain, but we could use it to save a significant amount of water and money. It is for this reason that rainwater harvesting is becoming increasingly popular in new-build construction for housing, agriculture and…

At the Right to Build Expo Exeter, the Right to Build Task Force announced that Teignbridge District Council and its GESP partners are to trial a new custom- and self-build evidence tool for planners.

Whether you are trying to achieve a traditional, classical or contemporary style for your self-build garden, a water feature can add interest and intrigue. There are many varieties of water features available to suit all garden sizes and budgets.

Walk-in wardrobes have plenty of appeal when it comes to stylish storage solutions. From the fashion-obsessed to craft lovers, a space that allows you to get a complete 360° view of your possessions is perfect for everyone.

A long, winding drive and a lush leafy garden. Light and airy bedrooms and spacious kitchens. We all have a ‘shopping list’ of what our perfect home looks like and it’s a dream come true when you finally complete your self-build. After all the hard work you’ve put in, it’s…

Long-since popular in the Nordic countries, timber frame construction is booming in the UK. A construction material at the forefront of evidence-led design, timber is sustainable, versatile and suitable for a wide variety of purposes. All this, as well as its unique performance properties and favourable costs and construction timescales,…

Endless design opportunities means that wooden floors continue to be a popular choice for residential projects in 2018. With trends developing fast, it’s important to think about which flooring trends may or may not work for your self-build project.

Nestled in the heart of the Sussex countryside stands a 16th-century cottage, complete with 10 acres laden with hidden treasures. The soon-to-be-owners of the property fell in love with the cottage immediately, blown away by its period features and charm, albeit its slightly modest size. As the years passed, the…

The dining table can often be a place which is most visited by the family – if you get it right. They are hubs of conversation, delicious celebrations, and most importantly, keep you all together in the room for hours when in great company.

Neon lighting and decorative accessories are both nostalgic and now, evoking retro charm and appeal while also being ideal for modern interiors. This innovative form of tube lighting was first introduced at the Paris Motor Show in 1910 by French Engineer and Inventor Georges Claude, also known as ‘the Edison…

Latest figures released by Hiscox’s Renovations and Extensions Report 2018 reveal that 14% of homeowners in the South East would prefer to renovate their property rather than relocate, with a fivefold national rise since 2013. For those who want to tap into this route, the Southern Homebuilding & Renovating Show…

Ryan Abell, owner of Abell Building Services, describes when it can be more advantageous to use a small house-builder for custom house projects.

The long-awaited reforms to the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) regulations have successfully passed through Parliament and came into effect on 22nd May 2018.

Here Arboricultural Consultant, Mark Hinsley, guides i-build through the process of Tree Preservation Order consent.

Taking care of your conservatory – be it a grand orangery or a contemporary space – is key if you want to enjoy it for many summers to come.

Are you happy with where you live but would like that bit more space? Extending your home could be the way forward. Here Architectural Designer at Studio SDA, Hayley Pearse, gives her advice on how to successfully extend your home.

Whether you’re working on a renovation project, or simply looking to spruce up an outdoor environment it’s likely that your hard landscaping products have been affected by the weather over the winter months. In this feature, Malcolm Gough, Group Sales and Marketing Director at Talasey Group, outlines key tips for…

From rediscovered classics to bolder colour contrasts, Neolith reveals the surface trends for self-builders in 2018.

Neil Ginger, CEO at Origin, discusses why every self-builder should contemplate adding bi-folding doors to their project and looks at one couple who did just that.

As the population grows, there becomes more pressure to utilise potentially contaminated land for redevelopment for alternative uses, especially housing.

Every year, tens of thousands of people set out to follow their dream and start their very own self-build project. Out of those tens of thousands, while some will chart a steady, successful course, many will fall at an early fence. Here, Oliver Grimshaw, Head of UK Sales at Hanse…

In 2012, Government removed the 0% VAT concession on approved alterations to listed buildings, adding additional financial strain to owners for any conservation or restoration bills. The cost of conserving their properties is already often more expensive than works to a standard home because traditional methods and materials are required…

Design guru Kevin McCloud talks to i-build about all things self-build and provides you with his priceless knowledge and advice.

There are many design elements to consider when creating your luxury swimming pool. Perhaps the most important aspect of pool design is selecting the shape.

There are many considerations to address when sourcing materials for re-roofing a listed property or other historically significant buildings. It is usual to be specified to use a handmade clay tile. Here Tony Kindell, Managing Director at Aldershaw Handmade Tiles, discusses how to ensure the handmade tiles you buy aren’t,…

Aristotle famously said that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Richard McLane, Design Director of Bisca, explains that where staircases are concerned, the opposite may be true.

If you’re thinking about embarking on a self-build project outside the limits of the UK’s main urban areas, there’s a good chance you won’t have access to the mains sewage network.

A beautiful bath has become a real statement piece for many interior designs. It should be the focal point of your brand-new self-build bathroom but which style should you invest in? Here, i-build takes a look at the options to help you make a decision.

When looking for a new roller garage door you will probably already have seen there is an enormous choice in the UK, and if you look quickly, they may all seem to look pretty much the same, right?

Whatever stage of self-build you are at, the chances are that you are finding the process of designing and building to be challenging, and the technicalities daunting. Many self-builders actually project manage their contractors, as opposed to building the home hands-on. With this in mind, it can be frustrating when…

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