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.

VAT can be claimed back on a variety of features of a self-build or conversion project. Here Lisa Smith, Tax Manager at Whiting & Partners, explains more.

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…

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