Finding the right light fittings to use in your bathroom can be a tricky matter, especially if your electrician or quick internet search points towards IP44-rated fittings. Whilst there are areas where IP44-rated fittings are essential or highly recommended, often a standard fitting (IP20) will suffice – giving you much…

Flood resistance and flood resilience measures are both important aspects of protecting your property against flooding, but what is the difference and what do they entail?

Many people dream of increasing the size of their property, but do you need planning permission to extend? Here Gareth Boyd, Director at 2020 Architects, explains everything you need to consider.

Burglaries are reported to increase during the winter months, leaving many UK homes vulnerable to opportunistic thieves at this time of year.

Fixed air conditioners have become common in many homes in the UK. They keep you comfortable throughout the day and can significantly aid sleeping at night through hot spells. The energy savings are thought so important that the Government has now introduced a scheme where it charges 5% VAT instead…

The glow of a real woodburner and the soaring flames of a gas stove are ever popular, but owning one does not suit everyone’s lifestyle.

No matter where you are installing a floor, the colour is an important consideration. The wrong choice can create disastrous results making the room look unsightly.

This month, Stephen Malkin, Associate at Whiting & Partners, discusses your financing options when building your dream home.

04 Feb 2019
Your garage door probably isn’t at the forefront of your mind when designing your self-build but it can make a significant difference to the end result. There’s an abundance to choose from – here, i-build has chosen a few favourites.

Don’t restrict your use of glass to windows. Innovative design will allow you to replace other building materials with structural glass with some truly exciting results.

18 Dec 2018
Over the centuries, zinc has proven to be a reliable, durable, corrosion-resistant and attractive metal for use in roofing and cladding. In this article, Marta Danylenko, Marketing Manager at materials search engine Matmatch, explains the history, applications and benefits of using zinc for roofing and cladding.

Sash windows have timeless appeal and can be found on historical and period properties across the UK. Unfortunately, they are not known for their energy efficiency despite being renowned for their visual appeal.

Security is one of the top questions that most of us are concerned with when it comes to purchasing or specifying a new door. So what are the questions that you need to ask or the information you need to know before making that door choice?

Renovating a period property is a labour of love. Amongst the nice decisions, such as which Farrow & Ball paint to choose or whether to use William Morris wallpaper to make a feature wall in the dining room, there are also some much more prosaic decisions that you will have…

18 Dec 2018
Here, CORE Landscape Products focuses on the facts and myths surrounding SuDS-compliant domestic driveways and patios.

Rotpunkt, designer and manufacturer of quality German kitchen furniture, looks at the latest interior trends set to wow the kitchen market in 2019.

During the winter months, our bodies crave warmth and light. This along with the ‘hygge’ trend from Denmark, are key when enhancing our sense of wellbeing over the coming months.

With kitchen design evolving at a rapid pace, there’s more inspiration out there than ever before for homeowners considering a refresh in 2019.

With few wanting to commit to the process of building their dream home from scratch, why not go about making changes that make your current abode appear custom-built instead? Ryan Abell, Owner of Abell Building Services, describes the ways in which a homeowner can make their current household look like…

The cost of refurbishing a property or constructing a new build can be significant. However, tax relief is often available for certain expenditure on non-residential property.The term ‘non-residential property’ includes furnished holiday lets and staff accommodation. Here, Jodie Tarbin of Whiting & Partners explains more.

21 Nov 2018
There are plenty of houses in the UK that have been rendered, so it’s not that hard to work out that rendering can be really beneficial for a property. It can be a little confusing to look at your rendering options for the first time, however, there are plenty of…

All lawns need mowing – it’s an important task that ensures your lawn is healthy all year, but do you need to treat your lawn differently as the months go by?

Many homes around the country have a garage attached to the side of them, but very few of these house a car. Nowadays a garage has become an extension to the main house – an extra room that can be used for a number of things. Perhaps a home gym…

What are the pros of timber frame building designs and what do you have to watch out for?

Homeowners and self-builders whose projects feature two or more domestic buildings on one site could be earning themselves a profitable income by utilising a simple district ground source heat pump system architecture to unlock quarterly payments from the Government’s Non-Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme for the next 20 years.

Getting the right garage door for your property isn’t always a straightforward endeavour. There’s a lot more to choosing a garage door than first meets the eye, so Garador is looking more in detail at two important aspects: insulation and security.

There are many benefits that come with a wood-burning stove, from the aesthetics to the ambience of green living. If you’re looking to enhance your home project with a heating solution that is both fashionable and functional, a woodburner could be the answer. Here are some key considerations that should…

So, you’ve purchased land to build your dream home and the first barrier encountered is a raft of planning conditions or conditions from your warranty company. If the local authority or warranty provider have suspicions of nearby contaminated or infilled land, then they will likely put a standard contaminated land…

A Gloucestershire couple are thrilled to have their family living with them after converting their four-bedroom home into a 12-bedroom property after remortgaging.

The very nature of a roof window means they can be difficult to clean and maintain. Here Lee Griffiths, Technical Sales Manager at Dakea GB, looks at what you should consider upfront when choosing a window, for ease of use across its lifetime.

Nurseries and children’s bedrooms can be subject to a lot of wear and tear so, while you’ll want a stunning room for them to enjoy, practicalities dictate you’ll also need it to stand up to daily use, sticky fingers and hours of play. When it comes to paint and creating…

Here Adam Gregory, Founder of Earthscapes, discusses everything you need to know about topiary.

How can light be applied to the facade of a house to create a certain mood, give it an identity or provide a focal point? It can be applied in a number of ways via different types of application methods and by using a variety of spot, linear or flood…

Chris Baines, Managing Director at Mendip Stoves, addresses your concerns surrounding particulate matter emissions from wood-burning stoves.

Nobody knows what the future holds. Sometimes, illnesses can make everyday life more difficult or ageing parents may need to be cared for. Whatever the situation, over time, your housing requirements can change.

When considering a bathroom for a new build or a refurbishment, you must first take into account the lifestyles of those who will ultimately be using this space, including the ages and abilities of all the family members, along with the potential frequency of use. If it is the only…

Previewing presentations from a forthcoming seminar series, Niall Crosson, Group Technical Manager at Ecological Building Systems, and Michael Foerster, Engineer Head of Applications Technology at pro clima, discuss the need to ensure unforeseen moisture trapped during the build phase can be released from the building envelope to avoid structural damage…

We may have hundreds of channels on our televisions, but we still tend to fall back on our favourites albeit Netflix, the BBC, ITV or the Food Channel! We kid ourselves that we like choice, but often we prefer the comfort of returning to that which has been previously tried…

Self-build homes come in all shapes and sizes – and self-build projects span everything from a simple porch extension to an entirely new house, meaning the self-build route itself takes many forms. Here, Oakmasters discusses which form of self-build is right for you.

Those who buy below market value and improve properties to remortgage and recycle their cash are struggling to make the sums add up now that there’s a hefty 3% stamp duty land tax (SDLT) surcharge to pay. Have you considered the ways of saving on SDLT? Here, Philip Peters at…

Here, Karndean Designflooring explains how you can bring a touch of the outdoors into your space; not only to create a harmonious and tranquil living area, but to also enhance your health and wellbeing.

Sheds today are used for more than just garden storage. In fact, sheds are now more likely to have Wi-Fi access than a wheelbarrow, with many people using them for hobbies or work as opposed to gardening. Garden specialist Oeco Garden Rooms has put together a handy guide on how…

While planning and budgeting for your self-build, you’ve probably had a good think about what you want it to look like, how it functions as a home and how it performs in terms of energy efficiency. Many self-builders also like to have the latest digital technology incorporated within their homes…

If you’re confident with DIY, you may be able to fit your new bathroom into your self-build without any professional help. In this guide, Sanctuary Bathrooms takes you through the installation of a pedestal sink.

Blinds 2Go, one of the UK’s largest online window blind retailers, gives its top tips for picking the best blind for you.

Where doors are concerned, there are so many off-the-shelf options available that it’s easy to overlook the potential that bespoke designs can deliver. But as Ian Chubb, Founder of luxury manufacturer Deuren, explains here, taking a tailored approach could be the secret to finding your perfect door.

In 2017, more timber cladding was specified in the UK than ever before. Here Richard Mosson, Group Project Manager for Lathams, looks at why timber cladding is on the rise and what advantages it offers.

Here, Planning Portal discusses the key things to consider when planning a demolition in a conservation area.

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…

As most property developers will know, fixing subsidence issues was historically considered both challenging and costly. This is why those involved in property development are careful when taking on a property that is showing the common signs of subsidence including cracked walls and uneven floors.

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