Anthony Neary, Managing Director at safe.co.uk, advises on the best placement for security cameras.

Here Niall Deiraniya, General Manager at DRU Fires UK, explains how to create an impressive contemporary fireplace without a chimney.

If you are planning any sort of home renovation, extension or just updating your home, bi-fold doors can certainly add that touch of elegance and luxury. But, creating that wow factor and easy access to outdoor living starts with making sure you have the right measurements.

Exclusively for i-build, Matt Nimmons, Managing Director of CEDIA EMEA, provides self-builders with the latest advice on how to install smart home installations that can stand the test of time and what elements need to be considered when designing a wider home integration project.

Stefan Weisshuhn, Architect and Head of WeberHaus UK – premium, prefabricated homes specialist – explains how the design and build of your own home should be future-proofed to remain perfect for you and your lifestyle forever.

After moving house in September 2015, Thomas Oliver and Erika Harris purchased a three-bedroom property in Oxford and planned to adapt the house for their growing family.

Speed and accuracy are crucial to a successful self-build project. When building to a strict budget and deadline, delays can be stressful, costly and can ultimately jeopardise completion. Sourcing and adopting appropriate materials and methods of construction can help combat these pressures and provide both short- and long-term financial benefits.

When those blustery winds of winter first kick in, it can be tempting to shut the door on your lawn only to return when spring blooms. Lawn care experts at Hayter, maker of the finest mowers, and Toro, a global leader in turf care and maintenance, have shared some tips…

Hindsight is a wonderful thing. Many of us look back and say “in hindsight, I would have done things differently”. However, few get the chance to rectify their mistakes. Luckily for second-time self-builder Henry Martin, an available plot of land allowed him to amend elements in the design of his…

If you want to own a unique and attractive property that suits your family’s needs and is worth more than you paid to construct it, then self-building could be ideal for you, says Rachel Pyne at BuildStore.

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…

Outdoor kitchens are increasingly being seen in the design of high-end homes, both in the city on urban roof terraces as well as in the leafier parts of town.

Here Michelle Taylor, Product Manager for Myson, explains the benefits of opting for underfloor heating in a self-build project.

Yeoman Rainguard advises on choosing the right rainwater system for your self-build project.

A new look in glass-walled balconies is coming this spring, with the release of a leading-edge system designed by Surrey balustrade specialist, Balconette.

When choosing a garage door for a self-build project, there are several options to consider. To help you decide on what style is right for you, Mark Lester, Training Manager at one of the UK’s leading garage door manufacturers Hörmann, has your questions answered.

Sanjit Bahra, Founder of DesignPlusLight, is an award-winning lighting specialist with over 19 years’ experience in architectural lighting design. With a passion for lighting, Sanjit offers his view on why lighting your home is so important.

Ground investigation for foundation design is crucial to avoid potential future problems which may result from differential settlement in weak ground or soil shrinking and swelling due to tree root activity. Here environmental consultant, Soil Environment Services, explains further.

Research conducted by Wienerberger – a leading UK provider of building material solutions – has revealed that UK consumers are largely in the dark about solar power.

As an Architect, Michael Montgomery has always had the desire to design and build his own home, where each element could have a personalised touch. After inheriting a plot of land in Saintfield, Northern Ireland, Michael’s interests in low-cost building materials and low-energy technologies have been realised in the design…

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,…

BuildStore’s Rachel Pyne discusses why renovation projects are so successful and explains the best way to fund your next venture.

Self-builders put a lot of effort into securing their homes, but many forget to offer equal attention to outbuildings and sheds. Here, The Master Locksmith Association sheds light on garden security.

Tracy Alder and Andrew Laidler purchased a 16th century farmhouse in rural Northumberland with a view to carry out a complete renovation project and create a beautiful home for themselves and their 10-year-old son.

Choosing to build with oak is usually a matter of taste. We love it for its strength, raw beauty and warmth. There simply is nothing like a traditionally-designed oak framed house. If building your dream home is not quite on the agenda yet, there are many ways you can use…

When specifying smart home technology, there are many variables to consider. Even the most tech-savvy self-builder can miss opportunities or make potentially costly mistakes if they are not aware of the possible pitfalls.

Forest of Dean Stone Firms has supplied a range of architectural and landscaping features for a private residence in the Wye Valley. The three-storey, Georgian house is now complemented by an orangery, portico and formal terrace crafted from Forest of Dean Pennant sandstone.

The self-build market is increasingly turning to underfloor heating (UFH) over alternative radiator solutions. However, the practicalities of incorporating UFH systems into a self-build design project depend on several considerations. In this feature, Nigel Sanger, Technical Manager at JG Speedfit, a leading underfloor heating specialist, looks at how different floor…

According to Helen Shaw, Marketing Manager at Roper Rhodes, good planning is key when it comes to designing the bathroom for any style of property.

Crown Colour Specialist Kathryn Lloyd, a member of the Colour Influences Panel, passes on her knowledge and passion for colour to help you decide on the best scheme for each room in your home, referencing the Crown Paints Colour Influences spring and summer collection.

There are a number of considerations to take into account before undertaking piling work, but it’s also important to realise that it could have an impact on your self-build insurance. Andrew Reardon, Senior Selfbuild Account Handler at self-build insurance policy expert ProAktive Selfbuild, explains more.

Architect and first-time self-builder, Damon Ball, has created a picturesque new home in the Vale of White Horse. Here, we uncover the ins and outs of how he budgeted and financed the development.

Clear Water Revival explains the ins and outs of swimming ponds and swimming pools.

Jess Piddock, in-house Interior Designer at Domus, offers her top tips on tile trends for your self-build.

Once, conservatories had a bad reputation. They were the tacky white boxes that stifled you in summer, froze in winter and were a constant headache to keep clean and maintain. Not so in 2017, says Norman Hornigold, Sales Director of leading home improvement specialist, SEH BAC.

Andrew Wood, Managing Director of Andrew Wood Associates – a fresh-thinking architecture practice based in London – talks tenacity, timber frame and trends.

A young, professional couple wanted to renovate and reconfigure their Victorian one-bedroom garden flat in Herne Hill, London. The couple appointed nimtim architects to create something beautiful as well as practical.

Whether it is social or private housing, commercial properties or a self-build project, one of the continuing challenges in the construction industry is roofing defects. Here Russell Roof Tiles, one of the UK’s leading roof tile manufacturers, offers its advice to those self-builders striving to achieve best product finish first…

We know that when it comes to building our own homes, there are a million and one considerations on the planning and construction side of things, but what about the security? Here Anthony Neary from safe.co.uk, a leading online security product retailer, explains how to factor in home security into…

Charlotte Bird, self-build expert at Buildworks by Jewson, offers her advice on the top tools self-builders should have at their disposal – from absolute necessities to the best multi-purpose tool which no builder should be without.

As experienced self-builders, Richard and Jo Collings had high standards for their final project – a four-bedroomed, energy-efficient house in a conservation area within rural Warwickshire.

As a homeowner undertaking project works, insurance is probably the last thing on your mind, but making sure you have the right cover in place is absolutely vital. Andrew Boldt, Managing Director of Insurance Tailors, explains more.

If you want to create your own bespoke home, custom-building could be for you, and the UK has a wealth of interesting new developments, says Tom Connor from Custom Build Homes.

Malcolm Gough, Group Sales and Marketing Director at Natural Paving Products (UK), explains how to make the most of your outdoor space.

Glasgow-based Natasha Marshall is a leading Textile Designer. Her design studio is best known for its contemporary graphic designs for fabrics and wallpapers, showcasing the best of British design and manufacturing. Here, she gives her top tips on selecting the right fabrics for your home.

With an abundance of skylight options available on the market, it may be proving difficult for some self-builders to select the correct one for their self-build. Here Steve Bromberg, General Manager at Express Bi-Folding Doors, offers his advice on selecting skylights and what designs are available.

Here Mark Dando, Specialist Rep for Timber and Timber Panel Products at Ridgeons Merchants, discusses the rise in popularity and benefits of timber frame construction.

With the largest residential database in the world and a vibrant community empowered by technology, Houzz is leading the way as a platform for home renovation and design. Here, it reveals the findings from its latest renovation report.

This article guides you through the suitability of different floor materials whether it is wood, vinyl, tiles or carpet for underfloor heating and their impact on the heat-up time and heat output of the system.

Water source heat pump systems are becoming increasingly popular, but one lesser-known water source application is open loop systems. Open loop collectors take the form of two separate straight pipe collectors. These designs abstract and filter the water through the heat pump. This water is then discharged either back to…

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