i-build catches up with specialist self-build architect Allan Corfield of AC Architects. Here he talks about the importance of the client’s happiness and the benefits of hiring a RIBA-approved practice.

In 2014, Vince and Anne Esposito decided it was time to move out of their family home. Having always dreamed of living in the country, the couple started to look for home in rural Northamptonshire but struggled to find a house that met their living style and was within their…

Fabulous flooring expert, Harvey Maria, is leading the way with the latest flooring trend – zoning – which offers a clever way to define the space in your home.

Developments in modern glazing and the manufacturing process of timber windows mean they offer a range of added energy efficiency benefits that rival uPVC. Adrian Wade, Sales Director at JELD-WEN, a leading manufacturer of timber windows, doors, and stairs, discusses how a window choice can greatly impact a home’s energy…

The choice of material for self-builders is of paramount importance. Here, Andrew Carpenter, Chief Executive of the Structural Timber Association (STA), discusses how structural timber frame can help to ensure housing projects are made weather tight quickly, and completed on schedule and on budget.

Brilliant Lighting was recently tasked with illuminating a stunning Grade II listed, 15th century Hampshire barn, as part of a major conversion project. The restoration included the addition of a sympathetic new build, constructed in traditional Hampshire flint and a contemporary glazed link.

English oak continues to deliver superior timber frame designs. Tom Barnes of Vastern Timber explains the advantages of English timber and what should architects and designers know to ensure successful implementation.

Used to add more space to a property for an expanding family, or create an extra room, conservatories are a wonderful way to extend the home. With benefits such as added natural light, energy efficiency and open-plan space conservatories and orangeries can make brilliant additions to your self-build or renovation…

With a wide variety of sanitaryware designs available on the market you may be finding it difficult to select the right scheme for your new bathroom. Here Helen Shaw, Marketing Manager at Roper Rhodes, sheds light on sanitaryware options, durable materials and ways to save space for your self-build bathroom…

With less than 400 PassivHaus certified properties so far completed across the UK, the ultra-low energy standard from Germany can still be viewed as nascent in this country, though there are many compliant components and technologies available to assist in these designs, such as the mechanical ventilation and heat recovery…

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