Earthborn is known for its distinctive paints that are better for the environment and healthier to live with. And its environmentally friendly formulations are now certified as child safe paints too!
Tagged under   paints    walls    surfaces    safety    children    Environment    environmentally friendly 
Kitchen surfaces need to be highly durable, simple to clean and in keeping with the style of the space overall. CRL Quartz from CRL Stone ticks all these boxes and more, making it the natural…
Tagged under   self build    home renovation    home improvement    kitchen    kitchen design    farmhouse    quartz 
In this article, Sophie Nguyen, Director at Sophie Nguyen Architects, offers her professional advice on converting lofts for optimum spatial and aesthetically-pleasing, relaxing areas so you can make the most of your conversion.
Tagged under   tips    diy    home renovation    conversion    home improvement    extension    loft 
With outdoor living on the rise in 2020, many homeowners will already be starting to plan their garden projects for the new year. Here, Simon Chudley at Tarmac Cement and Lime looks at why homeowners…
Tagged under   self build    home renovation    home improvement    outdoor living    gardens    trends 
With three-quarters of break-ins in the UK happening via the front door, Victoria Brocklesby, Founder and COO at Origin, explores the security elements that are most frequently overlooked in self-build projects, and offers her advice…
Tagged under   self build    security    home security    new build    doors and windows    renovation 
More square footage to enjoy as a family was just one of the driving factors behind one couple’s decision to extend the ground floor of their Manchester home, with the opportunity to make the most…
Tagged under   home improvement    renovation    refurbishment    conversion    extension    kitchen    kitchen design    KBB 
Paul Trace from Stella Rooflight discusses the practicalities involved in specifying large rooflights.
Tagged under   renovation    new build    windows    fenestration    rooflights    conversion    building    building materials 
This stunning four-bedroom detached property in a rural village near Southampton already had two rear extensions; however, they were so poorly thought-out; they created more problems than they solved. So, with a focus on converting…
Tagged under   home improvement    renovation    refurbishment    diy    conversion    extension    edwardian 
Darren Watts, Wren Kitchens’ Showroom Development and Design Director, reveals the changes to kitchen design buying habits following the global pandemic.
Tagged under   home improvement    diy    kitchens    kitchen design    design    KBB    COVID19    coronavirus    renovation 
“Golf courses wouldn’t survive without an effective irrigation system. Without irrigation, greens, approaches and tees would look very different,” states BIGGA.
Tagged under   drainage    water solutions    irrigation    water supply    leisure    golf courses 
No matter what finish you want to give your life – Osmo has the right colours. The best part is you get to choose: soft, warm or bold. Our do-it-yourself mixtures make it all really…
Tagged under   finishes    wood finish    exterior    Exterior wood    staining    wood colours    custom colour 
You wouldn’t ask a plumber to design and install a spa just because he works with water and pipes. Likewise, you shouldn’t get an electrician to design and install a home automation system just because…
Tagged under   self build    home renovation    reno    smart homes    technology    automation 
Wood flooring is the ideal choice for any room of the home that will make a striking and lasting impression. Once you’re ready to make your purchase, it’s important to measure up, as knowing how…
Tagged under   self build    renovation    flooring    reno    parquet    wood flooring 
Sculptural as well as functional, Bisca’s bespoke staircase stands proud in the centre of a large open gallery-style space, framed by full-height windows to show off the design, day and night.
Tagged under   self build    home renovation    reno    new build    refurbishment    staircases    stairs    diy 
Cladding is increasingly popular across new builds and refurbishments as a tasteful finish for buildings of all types, with an innovative application making for the creation of some truly impressive facades.
Tagged under   home renovation    reno    self build    new build    refurbishment    cladding    diy    building 
With outdoor living on the rise in 2020, many homeowners will already be starting to plan their garden projects for the new year. Here, Simon Chudley at Tarmac Cement and Lime looks at why homeowners…
Tagged under   home renovation    self build    outdoor living    outdoor    garden    driveways    paving    diy 
An exceptionally designed, contemporary lateral living, four-bedroom home set within a historical Victorian building, Rylett Studios, in fondly known Starch Green, has come to market with leading west London estate agent, Finlay Brewer. In a…
Tagged under   self build    home renovation    developer    victorian    conversion    period property    inspiration    luxury    on the market 
Whether a new-build, self-build or refurbishment project, the important role of rainwater systems cannot be understated in terms of aesthetics and the long-term integrity of a building.
Tagged under   self build    home renovation    water management    rainwater system    rainwater    conversion    building 
After her parents built their own home in 2001, Emma McMullan wanted to follow in their footsteps. Based on the north coast of Northern Ireland, Emma and her husband, Mark, always dreamed of countryside living…
Tagged under   renovation    home renovation    selfbuilders    self build diaries    self build    coastal living    reno 
Virtual viewings are on the increase, as a new study* by the UK’s technology-led estate agent, Purplebricks, shows one-in-six buyers would make an offer on a property without setting foot in the front door.
Tagged under   home renovation    renovation    on the market    properties    property market    viewings    interiors 
Give your floors the treatment they deserve with Osmo Polyx-Oil. With Winter fast approaching, and the UK now in the second lockdown, it’s time to treat yourself and focus on creating your luxury dream floor!
Tagged under   decking    flooring    wood flooring    wood finish    finishes    wood oil 
In these difficult and disruptive times, CMOStores.com’s commitment to ensuring its customers can get what they need, when they need it, has put the builders’ merchant in a strong position to continue to respond to…
Tagged under   selfbuilders    conversion    renovation    self build    construction    building materials    building    refurbishment    products 
A strikingly modern residential property in one of Kent’s most famous coastal towns is making articulate use of Marmox Multiboards as part of its cladding solution, around both the inside of an elevated balcony terrace,…
Tagged under   facades    construction    cladding    self build 
Buying a sofa is one of the most exciting and important purchases you’re likely to make for your home. Your sofa is the focal point in your living room, and it’s where a lot of…
Tagged under   self build    inspiration    renovation    furniture    sofa club 
A typical suburban street will have a mixture of homes; some modern, some older, some with exposed brick and some finished with a coloured render.
Tagged under   self build    new build    renovation    home improvement    render    diy    extension    conversion    energy efficient    insulation    lime render    lime mortar 
Over the last several months, we have all been forced to adapt our living and working patterns to cope with the new normal. As our daily routines have changed, so too have our priorities. In…
Tagged under   self build    home improvement    diy    make over    technology    lighting    electricals    smart homes 
The introduction of the Domestic Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES) in 2018 means all new builds must adhere to a minimum level of energy efficiency. A positive move from the UK Government, it has led…
Tagged under   self build    renovation    conversion    extensions    cavity wall    insulation    selfbuilders    energy efficiency    new build    MEES 
Those that closely follow Channel 4’s Building the Dream may recall Charlie Luxton profiling Cambridgeshire-based husband-and-wife self-build duo Rob and Sarah Collard back in 2018. Their ambitious build, aptly named Collard Towers, was designed entirely…
Tagged under   self build    self build diaries    selfbuilders    irish homes    farmhouse    country living 
Victoria Brocklesby, COO at Origin, a UK-leading manufacturer of aluminium doors and windows, offers her insight into the Government’s Green Homes Grant and explains how homeowners can get the most out of the scheme.
Tagged under   self build    home renovation    green homes grant    conversions    home improvement    diy    energy efficient    windows    doors 
Jonathan and Caitriona Hughes’ self-built three-bedroom, four-bathroom home is the epitome of coastal living. Perched on a picturesque coastline in a little fishing village in Dublin, which just happens to be Caitriona’s hometown, ‘Pebble Beach’…
Whilst 2020 has offered us a range of crises to focus on, the long-standing climate crisis still warrants our full attention. There are multiple ways we, as individuals, can contribute to climate care. One of…
Tagged under   self build    renovation    ecofriendly    home improvement    diy    roof lanterns    conversions    roof lights    sustainable 
Correctly specified and installed, roof windows can improve the aesthetics of your build and provide you with long-term rewards such as improved thermal comfort and reduced energy bills. Here, Colin Wells, Head of Technical at…
Tagged under   self build    windows    roof windows    home improvement    diy    renovation 
Lydia Luxford, an experienced bathroom fitter, is Customer Services Manager at Easy Bathrooms. Here, she offers five tips to overcome plumbing problems when renovating an old house.
Tagged under   renovation    conversion    period property    plumbing    diy    bathrooms    planning permission    tips 
With summer fast becoming a distant memory, it is important that homeowners make plans for the colder season, by ensuring they have the right tools and guidance in place to help their garden lawn survive…
Tagged under   self build    renovation    restoration    gardens    landscaping    lawns    grass 
Kitchen worktops and surfaces are often what guests notice first when they walk into a kitchen. They can really set the design tone for the entire room, providing continuity and cohesion and helping to tie…
Tagged under   self build    home renovation    kitchens    design    inspiration    laminate    worktops    surfaces 
When decorating, painting your walls is an easy way to breathe colour and style into a space, says Natasha Bradley, Lick Home’s Interior Design and Colour Expert.
Tagged under   self build    home renovation    renovation    diy    paint    inspiration    conversion    make over 
Self-builders Brent and Aishling Bryson have been together for almost a decade. Brent grew up on a family dairy farm just outside Banbridge, County Down, and has always wanted to build his very own home…
Padraig Hurley, Self-Build Manager for Taylor Lane Timber Frame, explains how the flexibility of timber frame construction can enable self-builders to create a future-proof home.
Tagged under   self build    new build    timber frame    timber    renovation    inspiration    futureproof 
The Wards from East London had selected existing family land in Havering as the location for their dream home. Their in-depth research into construction techniques led them to pre-fabricated homes specialist, WeberHaus.
Tagged under   inspiration    self build    new build    prefabricated    custom build    offsite    design    modular    modular buildings 
The coronavirus pandemic has made many of us reconsider our priorities when it comes to how we live our lives. With home working set to become the ‘new normal’ for many, potential buyers are increasingly…
Tagged under   self build    custom build    housing    new build    wellbeing    working from home    coronavirus    COVID19 
Private investment business Intrinsic Equity, has acquired Aqata Limited. Based in Hinckley, Leicestershire, Aqata one of the UK’s most respected luxury shower enclosure manufacturers now joins Intrinsic Equity’s family of KBB and design related brands.
Tagged under   bathrooms    showers    KBB    design    shower enclosures 
Polyx-Oil is a premium wood finish keeping wooden surfaces in top condition. Ideal for solid or engineered wood flooring, it is a high quality, water-repellent and tread-resistant wood finish based on natural ingredients.
Tagged under   wood oil    finishes    wood finish    wood flooring    flooring    decking 
A strikingly modern residential property in one of Kent’s most famous coastal towns is making articulate use of Marmox Multiboards as part of its cladding solution, around both the inside of an elevated balcony terrace,…
Tagged under   self build    cladding    construction    balconies    facades 
As a slim and highly efficient thermal multi-foil insulation for use in roofs, walls and floors, Alumaflex® is ideal for barn or loft conversions and in general timber frame construction. The proven, high performance product…
Tagged under   insulation    LABC    roofing    walls    floors    conversions    barn conversion    loft    timber frame 
Your house isn’t a home if it doesn’t feel secure, so it’s vital to consider safety when embarking on a renovation or extension project. Here, Victoria Brocklesby, Chief Operations Officer at Origin, offers her advice…
Tagged under   self build    renovation    conversion    inspiration    house building    home improvement    security    doors    windows    locks    extensions 
With lockdown restrictions lifting and the property sector starting to ramp back up, home-builders and developers will be looking for opportunities, especially with the news that the Government has changed stamp duty rates with zero…
Tagged under   self build    renovation    conversion    inspiration    house building    home improvement    storage    tips    self storage 
Across the entire construction industry, sustainability is a major consideration when it comes to new projects. Self-builders, contractors and developers need to be more aware than ever of the materials used on a project to…
With a shift towards the use of colour in the bathroom, how can this be tapped into successfully while maintaining the need for relaxation and tranquillity and what other trends are coming through in the…
Tagged under   self build    renovation    inspiration    bathrooms    conversion    interiors    sanitaryware 
Tullyorior School House is located near Corbet just outside Banbridge, County Down. The school was built in 1966 and closed in 1985. Michael Wallace’s father bought the property in the early 1990s and it lay…
Tagged under   self build    conversion    homebuilding    school conversion    home improvement    renovation 
Fireplaces are typically something that many people realise they want, with sobering clarity, too late in their self-build or renovation project to be able to easily factor in. Thankfully, help is at hand in the…
Nestled between the Yorkshire Dales and the Lancashire border, in the tranquil village of Bracewell, approximately 11 miles from the market town of Skipton, lies a former barn that has been extensively renovated to create…
Tagged under   self build    conversion    for sale    home renovation    barn conversion    luxury 
When it comes to choosing cement, it can be all too easy to rely on the ‘does what it says on the tin’ mentality – with many opting for the cheapest solution possible. The reality,…
Tagged under   self build    cement    home renovation    conversions    building materials    selfbuilders    diy 
Eurobrick are well known for their wide range of brick slips and innovative cladding systems, but perhaps a lesser-known fact is that their systems can also be used when installing stone slips.
Tagged under   walls    cladding    brick    building materials    construction    stone    slips    stone slips 
During these uncertain times, H.D. Services wants to assure you, its loyal clients, that it is currently open. Here, the trusted supplier reveals its current operations.
Tagged under   water solutions    drainage    COVID19    coronavirus    covid secure 
The video showcasess the range of beautiful high quality surfaces from Königstone, kitchen surface expert.
Tagged under   kitchens    surfaces    bathrooms    stone    building materials    quartz 
Gareth Boyd and his wife Lindsey had always dreamed of building a home for themselves and their young son. Working as an Architectural Technician at 2020architects, Gareth had spent many years helping people to design…
Tagged under   fenestration    homebuilding    construction    roof windows    self build 
Manufacturer of game-changing self-build products, BeadMaster, has extended its offering with two new products; Circle 62 and Circle 86.
Tagged under   products    interiors    fixtures    fittings 
Since the start of lockdown, councils across the country have reported an increase in noise complaints. While this doesn’t necessarily mean people are any louder than before, it could be down to the fact more…
Tagged under   self build    home renovation    acoustics    soundproofing 
Eric Nicholls, Managing Director at bespoke staircase manufacturer Spiral UK, shares the latest staircase design trends that are leading the way in architects, interior designers’ and homeowners’ choices for staircases in the home.
Tagged under   self build    home renovation    home improvement    staircases    design    inspiration    diy 
Re-thinking access to the upper floor of this property, changing the flow of the stairs and updating the materials created a graceful solution with multiple benefits. Here, i-Build looks at the project.
Tagged under   self build    home renovation    home improvement    inspiration    staircases    design    diy    barn conversion 
Garages and outbuildings are a fine addition to any property, adding both curb appeal and value to any home. Garages have transformed over the years with more and more people choosing to convert or renovate…
Tagged under   self build    home improvement    diy    outbuildings    extensions    renovation    garages    inspiration 
Teachers Rachel and Jarlath McArdle are certainly no strangers to the world of self-building. Having completed their very own farmhouse-style project in rural Ireland next to their working dairy farm – where Jarlath also works…
It’s no secret that millennials across the nation are increasingly struggling to secure a foot on the UK’s housing ladder. Amidst affordability issues, lingering student debts and scarcity in loan availability; homeownership prospects for this…
Tagged under   construction    home renovation    self build    interview 
Tucked away in a secret location seven miles inland from Crantock and Watergate Bay in rural north Cornwall, this luxury self-catering barn – known as The Meadows – is a haven for romantic escapes. With…
Tagged under   home improvement    home renovation    architecture    homebuilding    self build    conversion 
In a traditional quarter of London, near the famous Richmond Park, there is a striking home designed by German Architect Ralf Pflugfelder. The winner of the Build It Awards 2019, this spacious single-family house was…
Tagged under   self build    home renovation    new build    inspiration    prefabricated    offsite    eco house 
Osmo UK, the eco-friendly wood and finishes expert, offers a range of decking oils to protect and maintain the beauty and quality of exterior decking. The product range provides resistance against water and dirt, while…
Tagged under   decking    flooring    wood flooring    wood finish    finishes    wood oil 
Alison and Phil Ball, both working at family company Heating & Boiler Services Ltd, had always dreamed of creating a light and contemporary family living space in their home in Rainhill near Liverpool.
Tagged under   design    kitchens    case study    extension    construction    Residential 
When you are building your own property from scratch, ironmongery probably isn’t going to be at the top of your list of priorities. After all, if you’ve not got walls or a roof yet, your…
Tagged under   doors    homebuilding    extensions    diy 
The front door not only contributes to visitors’ first impressions of a home but also forms a significant part of the property’s overall security. Here, David Saxby, Senior Category Manager at IronmongeryDirect, outlines the key…
Tagged under   diy    extensions    homebuilding    doors 
For many, the thought of undertaking a self-build, renovation or conversion project to create their own ‘perfect’ home is a dream. Moving to an idyllic location, having more space or achieving off-grid/sustainable living; it is…
Tagged under   construction    homebuilding    renovation    secondary glazing    fenestration    regulations 
Even years of experience in the construction industry doesn’t guarantee a smooth ride for a self-build, as each project is different. Below, Chris Stanley, Housing Manager at the Concrete Block Association (CBA), discusses his experience…
Tagged under   self build    home renovation    construction    eco home 
Our building legislation contains many sustainability standards to be met. But for many self-builders, these are merely the starting point rather than the finish line, says Rupert Kazlauciunas, Technical Product Manager at Zehnder Group UK.
What are the latest trends in flooring, particularly for high-traffic rooms such as the kitchen and bathroom where practical advantages are as important as aesthetics? How can porcelain tiles meet these requirements while offering flexibility…
Tagged under   self build    home renovation    flooring    floor covering    tiles 
Here, Amanda Hinks-Edwards, Business Manager at Colorcoat Urban, explores the performance and aesthetic benefits of pre-finished steel standing seam roofing and wall cladding systems.
Tagged under   self build    home renovation    extensions    roofing    cladding    building materials    walls 
Meticulously designed by award-winning Architect Niall McLaughlin, this modern-day masterpiece in Schull – named Skyros – was crafted from poured concrete and clad entirely in Irish Kilkenny limestone. Fusing modern architecture with minimalist-style, floor-to-ceiling glass…
Tagged under   renovation    home improvement    architecture    self build 
Due to the implications of COVID-19, people have been spending more time inside their homes than ever before. With remote working set to become the ‘new normal’ for many, people’s priorities and property requirements are…
Tagged under   self build    custom build    construction    planning permission    property market    housing 
Patrick Cannon, one of the UK’s leading Tax Barristers, explains why some renovation projects may not be required to pay stamp duty.
Tagged under   homeowners    mortgage    stamp duty    properties    homebuilding 
Spending more time at home can make you consider how well your home currently suits your family and lifestyle. In fact, a survey published by MyJobQuote found that some 71% of us are looking to…
One of the many benefits of specifying and designing a kitchen from Keller is the vast choice and flexibility within the portfolios.
Tagged under   kitchens    design    surfaces    finishes 
Leading worktop and surface specialist, Königstone, is up and running with a full order book. The company’s fabrication partner, Midland Stone Centre, has manufacturing facilities back at 100% and is ready to receive customer orders.
Tagged under   kitchens    surfaces    worktops    stone    quartz    COVID19 
Creating a sustainable and efficient heating system is becoming a hot topic within the domestic market, due to the UK becoming the first major world economy to set a target to achieve net-zero on greenhouse…
Tagged under   heating    underfloor heating    sustainability    efficiency    domestic    housing 
We’re a bit behind the times in the UK when it comes to residential construction methods – seemingly cemented (pun intended) to our ‘bricks and mortar’ approach. On mainland Europe, pre-fabricated, timber-framed homes are pretty…
Tagged under   prefabricated    Residential    construction 
Here, Niall Deiraniya, UK General Manager at DRU Fires, offers advice on specifying fires and stoves for your home-building project.
Tagged under   design    tips    homebuilding    stoves    fireplaces 
With summer around the corner, homeowners are looking to spruce up their gardens, so they’re ready to enjoy the warmer weather. Many will also be looking to clean up or replace their fencing. However, the…
Tagged under   fencing    gardens    landscaping    boundaries    legalities 
During your renovation, you may be thinking of ways to improve the health of our environment by making small changes to your home. Aside from the day-to-day improvements, such as responsible recycling or greener transport,…
Tagged under   heating    healthy living    green    Environment 
Looking to migrate away from the rented property market and move into a new home, Paul and Sheena Littlewood stumbled across this charming terraced property in West London’s Chelsea; and instantly knew it was the…
Tagged under   victorian    decorating    interiors    renovating 
Anthony Millington, Business Development Manager at Amron Architectural, is certainly no stranger to the trends taking place in the self-build and home renovation sectors and has witnessed the most creative uses of metal mesh for…
Tagged under   cladding    walls    trends    self builds 
Homeowners thinking about making improvements to their property whilst stuck indoors can consider a range of enhancements to improve and maximise available space, including conservatories, orangeries and solid roof extensions.
Tagged under   planning permission    conservatories    legalities 
Recently we’ve seen an increase in the trend for ‘don’t move, improve’. Many homeowners are choosing to upgrade their existing property rather than embark on the arduous task of house hunting. For those wanting to…
Tagged under   Extenstions    home improvement 
A development of two and three bedroom terraced homes on a brownfield site in South London is making use of Magply boards’ fire resistance and other physical benefits: receiving a special polymer based, purple coloured…
Tagged under   cladding    walls    wall installations 
Osmo UK, the eco-friendly wood and finishes specialist, has developed a quality finish to protect, maintain and restore exterior wood. Osmo UV-Protection-Oil has been specially designed to preserve the natural colour of the wood, leaving…
Tagged under   finishes    Exterior wood    doors    fencing    cladding 
Eurobrick are leaders in the brick slip cladding sector and supply a specially formulated ready mix mortar called Europoint. Just add water to get the correct consistency, and this new demonstration video shows you how…
Tagged under   bricks    wall installations    Mortar 
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