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.

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.

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…

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