04 Dec 2017
Whether you’re transforming the aesthetics of a run-down period property or self-building a contemporary majestic design of your own, each and every project deserves a well-designed lighting scheme.

04 Dec 2017
Beginning a self-build project that would result in becoming neighbours, Roger and Angie Stretton alongside Martin and Sarah Smith embarked on a project to create two modern, energy-efficient family homes. Seeking reliable, high-quality ironmongery and interior doorsets, they specified Allgood to provide the ideal solution.

With a roof making up 40% of a home’s overall design, selecting the right tile can have a huge impact on a project. Here, leading roofing manufacturer, Russell Roof Tiles, provides its top 10 tips on how to choose your roof tiles. As the only British roof tile manufacturer to…

04 Dec 2017
When Perry and Christina Vann purchased an agricultural property in north-west England, they had grand plans to bring the building back to life, with all the latest mod cons. With panoramic pastoral views of rolling grasslands, the Vann’s principal priority was to preserve their view of this landscape with a…

Imperial Bricks has supplied its handmade bricks for a unique self-build barn-style family home in Canon Pyon, Herefordshire. The village is in a rural setting and any new development had to be sympathetic with its surroundings.

Did you know about the legislation surrounding septic tanks that are causing costly problems for home-builders, developers and owners? No? According to Richard Leigh, Group Development Director at Lanes for Drains, you’re not alone.

01 Dec 2017
This striking energy-efficient home is quietly nestled in the peaceful grounds of a Grade II Listed property in South Oxfordshire. A small stream curls around the front of the property, giving it a sense of tranquillity and separation from the main house.

01 Dec 2017
Having previously tackled an extension on Jeremy and Hannah Witt’s Victorian semi-detached home, Architect David Nossiter was delighted when the pair informed him of their next venture.

Here Steve Mansour, Chief Executive Officer at CRL, gives self-builders, home renovators and new-build homeowners an insight into the longevity of the average new-build home.

01 Dec 2017
The contaminated land regime in the UK is set out in a number of documents which outline a framework – or process flow, if you like. Much like assessing a risk in health and safety, the overarching theme is risk assessment. It’s exactly the same as a health and safety…

Architect and TV Presenter George Clarke knows a thing or two about the quirks of styling all kinds of period properties; from Victorian and Mid-Century to cutting-edge and contemporary. With this in mind, Hillarys, a UK-leading supplier of made-to-measure window dressings, challenged George to create amazing windows in three architecturally…

Fire pits are more than just beautiful features for gardens and landscapes, they are also vehicles for bringing people together. Here, modern fire pit designer and manufacturer, Paloform, explains what these heat-generating features can bring to a garden’s design.

World-leading provider of sanitary fittings, GROHE, explains the importance of the design of a showerhead and how best to future-proof your shower room.

The re-emergence of ‘multi-generational’ living is one of the most significant growing trends in the UK, seeing a 46% increase in the last decade. With the staggering rise in house prices leading to ‘generation rent’, alongside crippling elderly care fees, families all across the UK are electing to club together…

In January 2013, David Cameron, the then Conservative Prime Minister, under great pressure from various sides promised a referendum on whether the UK would stay in the European Union or leave. Fearful of not getting re-elected in the 2015 general election, due to the mounting pressure in Parliament, David Cameron…

In the world of self-build, one of the challenges of selecting and specifying building materials is the sheer number of products on offer. A higher specification more often than not equates to a higher price rather than better performance. For self-builders renovating or building in a classic style, it’s vital…

The South West Homebuilding & Renovating Show, proudly sponsored by Everest, returns to Bath & West Showground, from 18 to 19th November.

Ensuring you have the correct ventilation for your property and lifestyle, whilst ensuring you meet Building Regulations, can appear daunting, says Callum Graham, Self-Build Estimator at Nuaire.

The clever use of Catnic’s SSR2 standing seam roofing and cladding system has created a stunning roof finish for a contemporary new-build extension in rural West Lothian.

Basement conversions are a great way to add space to properties where outdoor space for extensions is limited. This is the procedure that Simon Cassidy opted for when he sought to create extra living space for his family’s growing needs. Having lived in their Georgian home for 11 years, the…

Robert Griffiths and his wife Hilary had been living within their eight-acre development in the idyllic village Ashford-in-the-Water for nine years before they decided to restore the 1000-year-old corn mill sited on the estate.

New YouGov research suggests a high level of anxiety around Japanese knotweed and alarming levels of misinformation.

Two months after acquiring planning permission for a three-bedroom detached premanufactured home, 23-year-old Holly Thomson reached out to i-build to discuss the challenging process she underwent when obtaining consent for her build.

Your self-build home is finally complete, but now you face the arduous task of moving in. Adam Jones, Business Development Director at ArrowXL – a UK-leading two-man home delivery expert – shares his top tips for taking the stress out of the moving process. This includes the importance of preparation,…

With the trend for sustainable living reaching an all-time high, more of us are switching onto the benefits of growing our own produce and, as a result, many are taking the allotmenteering route.

Will Gough, Commercial Manager for Spaceslide, explains how clever storage could boost your property’s value.

Here, the Passivhaus Trust explains why self-builders and the Passivhaus standard are made for each other.

The Northern Homebuilding & Renovating Show, proudly sponsored by Everest, returns to Harrogate Convention Centre, from 3rd to 5th November.

Produced by the team at the National Self Build & Renovation Centre (NSBRC), the UK’s only permanent visitor centre for self-builders and home-improvers, the Big Green Home Show returns in October.

Reflecting the growth of the UK’s self-build mortgage market, the Mansfield Building Society has announced the launch of a new advanced stage payment mortgage product in partnership with self-build specialist, BuildStore Mortgage Services.

Greater prefabrication offers more control over quality, productivity and predictability – making off-site construction a great choice for self-builders. Here Andrew Carpenter, Chief Executive of the Structural Timber Association, shares with i-build the reasons why self-builders should consider a factory-built home.

When the homeowners of a west London Edwardian semi-detached house sought to revitalise their home, they turned to Holloways of Ludlow to complete the extensive renovation. The renovation comprised a full refurbishment with ground floor and loft extensions, as well as the redesign of a new kitchen and three bedrooms.…

From simple organic pattern features to soft geometric abstracts, Lorna Williams – Head of Product Design and Creative Branding at Amtico – discusses the prevailing aesthetically-led, yet functional, trends and future innovations from the world of flooring design.

The project for the refurbishment of a charming circa 16th-century farmhouse situated on the crest of a marvellous hill in the heart of Siena’s Chianti region in Tuscany, Italy, overlooking vineyards and woodland was the focus of architect practice, Lenzi + Baglini Architetti.

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.

You have found the site or renovation project of your dreams and are keen to get started. The last thing you need are delays with processing your planning application. Here Sarah Chilcott, Managing Director at Planning Portal, offers guidance on making a successful application first time.

The last 12 months have heralded the return of colour within interiors, with homeowners becoming increasingly confident in their decorating choices and embracing more dramatic, vivid hues. While the delicate neutrals and Scandi greys remain ever-popular, full-bodied colour is also finding its voice again, says Charlotte Cosby Head of Creative…

Introduced in the 19th century as an ornamental plant, this species’ spread across the country has been astonishing. Now thought to be present in every 10km² of the UK, this plant is a common sight along railways, roadsides, waterways, derelict land, parks and gardens.

Art – the right piece of carefully selected fine art – has the power to transform a house into a home, to add life and character to blank walls and empty inner spaces. But if you are new to the world of art, how do you go about selecting the…

Here, experienced home extensions building expert, Ryan Abell – Director and Site Manager at Abell Building Services – shares his checklist for keeping track of a kitchen extension project from start to finish.

In 2001, young Architect Nicolas Tye bought a barn conversion in Bedfordshire, then took 12 months out to renovate it. 16 years on, Nicolas Tye Architects (NTA) is a prosperous practice with 20 staff – and that barn conversion is its award-winning headquarters.

With building materials prices ever rising and constructors’ margins being squeezed, the quality and suitability of timber materials for self-build projects has never been more critical, writes Jim Coulson, Director at TFT Woodexperts.

With its brands AXOR and hansgrohe, the Hansgrohe Group brings form and function to water with taps, showerheads and shower systems. Here, i-build reflects on the trendsetting themes that the brand sets for bathroom design.

Here, Mrs Holst talks to i-build about the restoration of her home, an old powerhouse dating back to the 1900s, and explains why she opted for a rechargeable lithium-ion battery to power her restoration.

Natural daylighting within bespoke homes is a common request from many self-builders. The inclusion of large expanses of glazing brings many beneficial elements for self-builders and home renovators; from reduced energy bills and enhanced wellbeing to opening up to stunning surrounding views.

When Paul Withey took on his fourth barn conversion project in the rural area of Attleborough, he thought he’d be restricted to an oil boiler for his four-bedroom barn’s heating and hot water. However, after investing his time into researching renewable heating solutions, he found the solution to be a…

Derry and Susan Young have built a stunning five-bedroom property in the picturesque Scottish Highlands featuring a ground source heat pump and solar thermal to provide 100% of the property’s heating and hot water needs.

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…

The Passivhaus standard is one of the fastest-growing energy standards in the world, and often dubbed the gold standard of energy efficiency and indoor comfort. There are currently over 65,000 Passivhaus buildings worldwide. Here, the Passivhaus Trust explains why all self-builders should be striving for the Passivhaus standard.

When it comes to getting your outdoor spaces ready for the months ahead, whether you’ve got acres of lawn or just a small patch, there’s no excuse for not being well equipped.

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