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Midlands-based flooring manufacturer and retail firm Factory Direct Flooring (FDF) has invested in a new, purpose-built warehouse to increase its stock holding by 50 per cent as the firm gears up for another year of…
Widely specified for its fire resistance and all round stability in the cladding build-up to apartment blocks as well as a render backer and sheathing board, IPP’s highly versatile Magply boards have been employed by…
Tagged under   building materials    cladding    roofing    new build    insulation    fire protection 
As the days get longer and the weather becomes warmer, Brits will finally get a chance to spend some much-needed time in their gardens and outdoor areas. Whether it’s catching some rays, getting green-fingered or…
Tagged under   self build    home renovation    home improvement    gardens    cleaning    landscaping 
There is a massive renovation renaissance that has been driven by a seemingly everlasting lockdown. Now that consumers have spent time working from home and living in less-than-ideal conditions, manufacturers have seen a huge demand…
Tagged under   home improvement    self build    new build    KBB    kitchens    appliances 
When it comes to roof windows, there is more to consider than simply size and colour. To help you choose the right roof windows for your build, David Loughran, Technical Team Leader at Keylite Roof…
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Building on flood plains is obviously undesirable but sometimes inevitable owing to land pressures. Similarly, conversions and renovations in areas previously ‘dry’ may be at risk owing to the increased frequency of extreme rainfall events.…
Tagged under   new build    home improvement    self build    flood resistance    flooding    homebuilding    flood plains 
As any self-builder knows, creating the ideal interior environment is about more than just interior decoration – sometimes, it’s what you can’t see that makes all the difference. Dan Greatrex, Manager of online builders’ merchant…
Tagged under   diy    renovation    new build    self build    home improvement    insulation 
‘The Plantation’ is a modern home with pitched ceilings, a floating staircase and enormous windows looking out onto rural north Devon from serene bedrooms. Outside, the wood-clad exterior fuses modern architecture with the natural world.…
Tagged under   contemporary    architecture    modern    new build    self build    diy    innovation    innovative homes    barn conversion    Devon 
Verity Lovelock of BBD Architects, a renowned Hampshire practice that specialises in bespoke residential design, provides a step-by-step guide to get you started on your self-build or renovation.
Tagged under   homebuilding    self build    renovation    home renovation    architects    design 
After 10 years of city life in London and renovating their previous home in Hackney, Nick and Tara Jordan wanted to relocate to the countryside and take on a bigger project. With backgrounds in architecture…
Tagged under   country living    selfbuilders    self build diaries    self build    barn conversion    barn 
Do you ever think about the air you’re breathing in? Indoor air quality can really affect our health and wellbeing, so it’s important to consider this when renovating a property. Alexander Provins, Director EMEA of…
Tagged under   self build    new build    renovation    home renovation    airflow    air quality    air purification 
Now that the days and evenings are becoming brighter, brown patios, green fencing, and grubby outdoor furniture are just some of the sights we're beginning to see. To aid the dreaded task of exterior cleaning…
Tagged under   floors    cleaning    surfaces    flooring    decking    garden    garden furniture    fencing 
The one activity that has seen most of us through lockdown is walking. We’ve all become more familiar with our neighbourhoods as we have wandered around the local streets on a weekly basis (daily for…
Tagged under   surfaces    finishes    wood finish    staining    wood colours    Exterior wood    doors    cladding    decking 
We still might not be able go far this year but thanks to Drainage Superstore’s new range of landscaping products, you can go green and make the most of your outdoor spaces!
Tagged under   drainage    suppliers    building products    building materials    landscaping    gardens    sheds    fencing    grass    paving 
Whether you’re creating a forever home or renovating to sell, kerb appeal is still an important factor when it comes to the exterior of a property.
Tagged under   home improvement    home renovation    self build    driveway    drive    design    kerb appeal 
There’s an abundance of designs and styles to choose from when it comes to tiles – from colours and shapes to patterns and textures.
Tagged under   home improvement    self build    new build    renovation    diy    KBB    kitchens    bathrooms    tiling 
Parquet flooring is a popular choice, adding warmth and character to any room and with a timeless appeal that means there’s no danger of it going out of fashion. But just how suitable a flooring…
Tagged under   home improvement    home renovation    diy    tips    flooring    parquet    floors    wood flooring 
After Rupert and Rose McDonnell’s second son was born, the pair realised they needed a house with more space and a change of location to be close to an excellent primary school.
Tagged under   home renovation    inspiration    interview    self build    london    london houses 
Roof terraces are increasing in popularity as developers and homeowners look to optimise building space, particularly in densely-populated urban areas.
Tagged under   self build    home improvement    new build    flat roof    roofing    insulation    roof terrace 
Abbots Way, the latest creation by AR Design Studio, is a stunning five-bedroom house. Bordered by mature trees and a small lake, this spectacular house creates feelings of ultimate relaxation and privacy. Its contemporary design…
Tagged under   innovative homes    innovation    diy    self build    new build    modern    architecture    contemporary 
This month, we have talked to Luke Thomas, Design Director of John Cullen Lighting, for his top 10 tips on choosing bespoke lighting for your self-build or renovation project.
Tagged under   renovation    new build    self build    home improvement    lighting    design    lighting design    inspiration 
There’s a lot to think about when choosing a feature staircase. Here, Eric Nicholls, Founder of Spiral UK – the bespoke staircase company – covers all aspects of staircase design to help you decide what…
Tagged under   inspiration    home renovation    stairs    staircases    balustrades    staircase design    design 
This stunning annexe transformation in Devon’s picturesque Dartmoor certainly proves that you don’t need large structures to design and build something truly inspirational.
Tagged under   renovation    home renovation    design    inspiration    annexe 
Research from the Saffron Building Society reported a 144% increase in its self-build completions, compared to the same period in 2019. Whether it’s first-time buyers looking to build their way onto the market or those…
Tagged under   home renovation    renovation    new build    self build 
As one of the primary rooms in the home, the kitchen plays host to family meals, mid-night snacking and festive celebrations meaning that the space needs to be functional yet presentable to cater for the…
Tagged under   wood colours    staining    wood finish    finishes    interior    kitchens    surfaces    worktops 
Especially suitable for Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) and other vinyl flooring, the Floor Care Kit is used to clean and maintain interior flooring with ease – plus pads and furniture protectors are also included! Floor…
Tagged under   flooring    surfaces    cleaning    floors    floor care 
A development of three detached, five-bedroom homes in the market town of Raunds near Northampton is utilising renewable heat packages featuring air source heat pumps, delivered by whole house systems specialist, OMNIE, part of the…
Tagged under   housing    domestic    efficiency    sustainability    heating    underfloor heating 
In its 15th year, the British Renewable Energy Awards hosted its latest 2020 awards evening as a virtual event on 26th January 2021.
Tagged under   water supply    irrigation    water solutions    drainage    awards    energy efficiency    renewable energy 
Thinking of working from home more often, but need a new space to make a perfect office? Here are 12 reasons to build that space in your own garden.
Tagged under   self build    garden room    sheds    COVID19    coronavirus    home working 
Are you renovating your fireplace and about to start your journey towards a new stove or fire? Annabelle Carvell, PR Officer at the Stovax Heating Group, offers her top 10 points to consider to help…
Tagged under   home improvement    fireplaces    stoves    self build    new build    renovation 
After 12 years of living in their late-Victorian East Dulwich home, husband and wife Paul and Lindsay Davies were forced to admit that their kitchen was no longer fit for purpose. With little room to…
Tagged under   self build    home renovation    extension    kitchen    kitchen design    inspiration 
In this article, Sarah Viney of Marmox explains how some of a home’s trickiest technical challenges can be overcome with a surprisingly simple solution.
Tagged under   self build    building    new build    bricks    blockwork    building materials 
Located in Shooter’s Hill, one of the oldest parts of London’s Blackheath, this Grade II Listed captain’s house was more than a little faded, and in many ways unsuited to modern family life. An innovative…
Tagged under   self build    diy    innovation    innovative homes    extension 
Whether you’re renovating a property to sell or let, or you are just looking at ways to improve the look and feel of your home, there’s lots that can be done without exceeding the limits…
Tagged under   self build    renovation    new build    diy    walls    insulation    home improvement 
One of the most creative things you can do in your home is to add colour. Better still, it’s also one of the most cost-effective updates in the world of home improvements.
Tagged under   home renovation    home improvement    diy    paint    painting    paints    surfaces 
Programme manager by day and an architectural designer by night, Ade Sosanya and his family are awaiting planning permission for an inspirational self-build project in the Kentish countryside.
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 
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