Wooden worktops look stunning in almost all kitchen styles and colours, offering a warm and stylish finish and timeless appeal. Like all kitchen surfaces, worktops take the brunt of the wear and tear in a…
Tagged under   refurbishment    wood finish    surfaces    interior    worktops    kitchens    KBB 
Rhino Rocks is a professional floor cleaning business based in Yorkshire, specialising in both residential and commercial floor cleaning. A family run business which prides itself on its excellent customer service and quality of work,…
Tagged under   refurbishment    floor care    building products    floors    cleaning    Residential    commercial    vinyl flooring 
With the pending changes to Part L of the Building Regulations and introduction of the new Future Homes Standard on the horizon, the outlook for new build domestic dwellings is changing. Fortunately, online builders’ merchant…
Bathroom product specialist Aqualisa has introduced the Quartz™ Smart Retrofit Shower – an all-in-one upgrade solution that transforms almost any make of exposed mixer shower into a voice-activated, smart digital shower system, without the need…
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Exclusive bathroom design software lets customers design and visualise their brand ‘nuie’ Bathroom plan
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Robert Wood, Managing Director at London-based loft, extension and basement specialist Simply Construction Group, has shared his top tips for planning an extension to your home.
Tagged under   inspiration    diy    conversion    self build    renovation    home renovation    loft    basement    extension    tips 
When Vic and Heidi Daniels embarked on a home renovation for Vic’s childhood home – a 1950s bungalow based in Winchester, Hampshire – they placed open-plan living at the very heart of the brief. As…
Tagged under   inspiration    self build    kitchens    kitchen design    extension    bungalow    open plan 
For Scottish husband and wife Graeme and Amanda Hogg, creating a home that met the needs of busy family life was at the top of their wish list when looking to move. So, when the…
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Are you struggling to find a self-build site that meets all your needs? Perhaps you’re finding it tough to know where to start? This month, to offer a helping hand, we’ve talked to Peter Johns,…
Tagged under   architects    self build    selfbuilders    plot    plot of land    building plots    plot search 
There’s always much debate about how we should control our indoor climate, never more so than when you are making big decisions regarding the specification of a system for your own self-build or property renovation.…
Research shows that 40% of people believe that security is the most important factor when purchasing new windows and doors. Victoria Brocklesby, Chief Operations Officer at Origin, a UK-leading manufacturer of aluminium doors and windows,…
Tagged under   doors    aluminium    windows    doors and windows    security    home renovation    home security 
The surfaces in your home play a key part in its overall look and feel and, as such, they often require a fresh new update from time to time. Interest can be added to interior…
Tagged under   home renovation    home improvement    interiors    kitchens    inspiration    bathrooms    KBB    tiles    tiling    walls 
At first glance, U-values seem very complicated to understand but they don’t need to be. Peter Daniel, Product Innovation Director at The Rooflight Company, explains how to interpret these values to ensure you find the…
Tagged under   self build    G values    U values    energy efficient    windows    rooflights    regulations 
TV Media walls are all the rage, and you’ll no doubt have seen them flooding the interior design and self-build world. The concept of a media wall takes feature walls to new heights, with a…
Tagged under   technology    smart homes    innovative homes    self build    fireplaces    TV    TV wall    media    diy 
Does the new Paragraph 80 mean it will be easier to build your dream home in the open countryside? Kris Baxter, Founder & Creative Director of Studio 11 Architecture, investigates.
Tagged under   planning permission    planning    selfbuilders    self build    architects    paragraph 80    paragraph 55 
Dr. Schutz, the German floor care company, offers PU Sealer, an innovative solution that quickly and easily transforms tired, damaged or old floors, at a fraction of the time and cost of an entire floor…
Tagged under   sealer    flooring    surfaces    floors    floor care 
Most homes have wood of some sort in their garden, be it decking, door and window frames, sheds, cladding and fencing. Wood has the ability to shrink, crack, peel and discolour – all things which…
Tagged under   surfaces    finishes    wood finish    staining    Exterior wood    decking 
Taking the first step is often the most challenging part of designing your dream loft. It can be daunting deciding where to start when there are so many possibilities, says Rich Conlin, Director at The…
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Design trends are coming and going more quickly than ever. Minimalist, rustic, modern, biophilic, contemporary, international, luxury, earthy, traditional, shabby, eco – there’s an ever-growing list of ways to categorise style and guide the design…
The old adage ‘travel broadens the mind’ has never been more valid than in the world of architecture and design. Not only does travel leave the once regimented a little more open-minded, but it also…
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It’s not just the type of metal, but what goes underneath that matters. Here we talk to Simon Walker, Category Manager for hard metals at SIG Zinc & Copper, about the dos and don’ts of…
Tagged under   roofing    stainless steel    aluminium    copper    zinc    self build    extensions 
In the midst of a national lockdown, a family of five transformed their tiny 60m2 back garden into a stunning outdoor living space, using sustainable composite decking and saving thousands of pounds in a DIY…
Tagged under   inspiration    garden design    gardens    garden renovation    decking    sustainable    composite 
The perfect window dressing can instantly uplift any space, adding that stylish finishing touch that your home may be craving.
Tagged under   interiors    home improvement    home renovation    inspiration    blinds    make over 
Peter Daniel, Product Innovation Director at The Rooflight Company, explains the different loft conversion options homeowners have and the benefits that rooflights bring to them.
Tagged under   self build    home renovation    renovation    loft    conversion    advice    diy    roof windows    windows    fenestration 
Developing property – whether that be commercial or domestic – is a legal minefield, one whose complexities aren’t always easy to navigate. The intricacies of the planning world have not only left many self-builders and…
Tagged under   architects    self build    selfbuilders    planning    planning permission 
Most homes have wood of some sort in their garden, be it decking, door and window frames, sheds, cladding and fencing. Wood has the ability to shrink, crack, peel and discolour – all things which…
Tagged under   decking    Exterior wood    staining    wood finish    finishes    surfaces 
Dr. Schutz, the German floor care company, offers PU Sealer, an innovative solution that quickly and easily transforms tired, damaged or old floors, at a fraction of the time and cost of an entire floor…
Tagged under   floor care    floors    surfaces    flooring    sealer 
Artistic Studio is located within the heart of what was once a bustling artistic and bohemian community in London, designed by Rodić Davidson Architects.
Tagged under   self build    inspiration    london    london houses    extensions    kitchen    KBB    bifolding    bifold doors    interview 
The idea of building their very own house first crossed the minds of Clare and Joe Hughes in 2013. When the pair decided it was time to move on from their previous home, they encountered…
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With pressure on the Government to ban the installation of gas boilers in all new homes from 2025, except those which are hydrogen-ready, which type of renewable heating is the best alternative? Darren McMahon, UK…
There’s a growing interest in environmentally-friendly paints, but what do you need to check when choosing which to use? Earthborn investigates.
Tagged under   walls    home improvement    home renovation    diy    paints    ecofriendly    environmentally friendly 
F.H. Brundle’s Head of Marketing, Paul Smith, discusses timber and the 21st-century materials challenging its dominance in the home and garden markets.
Tagged under   fencing    gardens    fence    garden design    inspiration 
Luxury, modern hotels or those with a disability-friendly wetroom often have no large visible drain. Instead, you have what’s known as a linear screed drain. Favoured in commercial settings for their sleek, aesthetic appeal, customisable…
Tagged under   KBB    home renovation    home improvement    interiors    bathroom    wetrooms    inspiration 
In the first lockdown, “the entire planet” spent 35% more time at home (Al Jazeera News). One result was that we gained a better understanding of what we want and need from our homes. As…
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With so many different types of bricks on the market, it can be a minefield for self-builders or anyone involved in renovations to make the right choice. Understanding the difference between waterstruck and wirecut bricks,…
Tagged under   self build    inspiration    bricks    blocks    extension 
A new partnership with Country Homes & Interiors magazine brings you a beautiful collection of modern country colours, designed to work in harmony with the Classic Earthborn palette or as standalone shades, helping create the…
Tagged under   walls    paints    interiors    interior design    colours 
Following a successful year, H.D. Services has much to look forward to as we head into the last few months of 2021. Here, we talk to Rebecca Taylor, Business Development & Compliance Manager at H.D.…
Tagged under   water supply    irrigation    water solutions    drainage    awards    energy efficiency    renewable energy 
There is lots to consider when choosing doors for your self-build project, and plenty of choice available, but finding the solution to fit both your taste and space can be a challenge. Julie Ann Lloyd,…
Tagged under   conversion    renovation    refurbishment    products    doors    fire doors    interior 
As the weather takes a turn, and it starts to warm up, we look out onto the garden and start planning our perfect summer; Gallery Alfresco dining and cocktails on the deck, enjoying an afternoon…
Tagged under   decking    Exterior wood    staining    wood finish    finishes    surfaces    garden furniture    sheds    gardens 
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.
Tagged under   cleaning    surfaces    garden furniture    patios    fencing    decking    sheds    cladding    wood finish    wood oils    wood treatment 
Spending time outdoors can be a great way to relax and unwind, but no one wants to spend more money or time on a DIY project than they planned to. Fortunately, whether you’re looking for…
Tagged under   diy    garden    drainage    water solutions    landscaping 
In this article, Sally Storey, Creative Director at John Cullen Lighting, offers her professional advice on choosing a lighting scheme for outdoor spaces.
Tagged under   garden    garden design    lighting    lighting design    inspiration    outdoor lighting    self build 
Over the last year, gardens have become sanctuaries for homeowners craving a little escapism from the rest of the household or home-working setups.
Tagged under   gardens    garden building    garden design    pergolas    inspiration    self build 
This month, we talk to first-time self-builder and self-proclaimed Scandi/industrial design addict Joanna Fletcher. If you’re following Joanna on Instagram, you’ll be all too familiar with her and husband, Sam’s, positively inspirational home transformation and…
Ben Brocklesby, Director at Origin, discusses how the Help to Build scheme will benefit self-builders and offers his tips for building your dream property.
Tagged under   self build    new build    renovation    home renovation    Help to Build 
When Joseph and Emily Bonar completed their first self-build project back in 2011, they thought it would be their last. However, flash forward 10 years, and the Bonars have just completed another project. Having well…
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Self-builds can be a great option for those looking to tackle a project head-on and create a home where customisation lies at the heart of it all. Building a home with this approach is not…
Tagged under   new build    home improvement    self build    renovation    plant hire    tools    equipment 
Designed by award-winning London-based architectural and design studio ‘Architecture for London’, this refurbishment and two-storey extension in London’s affluent Brook Green has created a generous volume for living and entertaining. The lower ground floor previously…
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Gardening is an enjoyable pastime for many people and has only increased since lockdown. It works wonders for your health and wellbeing, and you can even burn up to 400 calories an hour. With more…
Tagged under   Exterior wood    staining    wood finish    finishes    surfaces    sheds 
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   fencing    patios    garden furniture    surfaces    cleaning 
The new Studio Air woodburning fire range from Stovax is the result of decades of British fire design and craftsmanship, with every minute detail engineered to provide the ultimate in indulgence and fireside luxury.
Tagged under   heating    domestic    housing    stoves    fireplaces    fireplace design 
We’ve all heard of the old saying ‘measure twice, cut once’ but according to recent data from leading online builders’ merchant CMOStores.com, failing to double-check you have ordered everything you need for your project is…
Tagged under   products    refurbishment    building    building materials    construction    self build    renovation    conversion    selfbuilders 
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   renewable energy    energy efficiency    awards    drainage    water solutions    irrigation    water supply 
Eurobrick were first to introduce brick slip cladding to the UK over 30 years ago and during this time have continuously strived to develop their systems and products in line with customer requirements.
Tagged under   self build    home improvement    new build    bricks    brick bond    slips    building materials    stone slips 
There are a number of factors to consider when choosing a sink for your new kitchen. To help you out, we’ve talked to James Cunningham, Sales Director at AGA Rangemaster. Here, James takes a look…
Tagged under   interiors    home improvement    home renovation    kitchen    kitchen design    sinks    taps    fittings    KBB 
This month, James Tyrie, Director at luxury teak furniture manufacturer Barlow Tyrie, looks at how you can keep your teak looking its best throughout spring, summer, autumn and winter.
Tagged under   cleaning    gardens    home improvement    outdoor living    outdoor    garden furniture    teak    wood furniture 
This month, we’ve taken to Instagram to hunt down the most inspirational wall panelling ideas. Here, we talk to the creative minds behind some of the channel’s favourite DIY panelling and ask for their advice…
Tagged under   tips    diy    home renovation    home improvement    walls    wall installations    panelling    instagram 
Whether it’s time to choose the soft furnishings for your new build or to pep up a current interior scheme, it’s important to get the basics right. Here, professional Upholsterer Sarah Jane Hemsley points you…
Tagged under   home improvement    interiors    interior design    fabric    textiles    upholstery    furniture    furnishings 
Hannah Pike and her partner, Phil, took a huge leap of faith in 2017 when they left London’s Hackney for the Peak District’s rolling hills. Having purchased one-third of an acre in Derbyshire’s High Peak,…
With the right glass, there is no longer a trade-off between large expanses of glazing and excessive heating, as Phil Brown, European Regulatory Marketing Manager at Pilkington United Kingdom – part of the NSG Group…
Tagged under   new build    home improvement    self build    glass    solar energy    windows    fenestration    glazing 
The homeowners of an old, outdated home in London’s popular Brixton sought to modernise the property. A new double-height extension has benefitted from modern glazing solutions, and the interior has been decorated with a light-toned,…
Tagged under   london houses    london    self build    inspiration    home renovation    bi folding    bi fold doors 
Helen Lord, Founder of Used Kitchen Exchange – a leading online platform for buying and selling pre-loved and ex-display kitchens – reveals how self-builders can purchase a designer kitchen at an affordable price and at…
Tagged under   home renovation    renovation    new build    self build    kitchens    kitchen design    make over 
With Springtime upon us and the prospect of enjoying the long days and evenings in the garden, it’s time to get into full outdoor DIY mode and clean external wooden surfaces so that they are…
Tagged under   surfaces    finishes    wood finish    staining    Exterior wood    decking 
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   cleaning    surfaces    garden furniture    patios    fencing 
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…
Tagged under   self build    home improvement    new build    roof windows    roof lights 
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 
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