One of the many benefits of specifying and designing a kitchen from Keller is the vast choice and flexibility within the portfolios.
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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.
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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…
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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…
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Here, Niall Deiraniya, UK General Manager at DRU Fires, offers advice on specifying fires and stoves for your home-building project.
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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…
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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,…
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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…
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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…
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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.
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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Here, we talk to the experts at Roman Showers to find out their top 10 tips for designing the wetroom of your dreams.
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For any homeowner, updating the garden ready for the summer can be an exciting prospect. And for DIYers looking to undertake projects themselves, getting the right materials and products is a crucial part of the…
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Neil Ginger, CEO at Origin, offers his insights into the most important considerations when specifying doors for a conservatory.
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AJ Odudu is best known for appearances on British television on reality shows such as Big Brother’s Bit on the Side and Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins; however, her love for renovating is not as…
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Your landing is the very first thing that guests and potential buyers will see when stepping into your home, so it’s important that you’re showing it off to its full potential. One way to do…
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Life began at Filly Island in the 1700s, when this cottage was used to store the cart which the neighbouring mill’s horse dutifully pulled upstream. Flash forward to today, and the building has received an…
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The UK, along with the rest of the world, is in uncharted waters. The spread of COVID-19 has impacted every aspect of our day-to-day lives. Indeed, UK homebuyers in the midst of completing on a…
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There are so many benefits that come with building with oak. Here, English Heritage Buildings has outlined eight reasons why self-builders can benefit from building with oak for a timeless and beautiful building.
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The BBC recently reported that nearly two thirds of UK homes fail to meet long-term energy efficiency targets, with more than 12 million homes falling below the C grade on Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs). Due…
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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.
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There are so many benefits that come with building with oak. Here, English Heritage Buildings has outlined eight reasons why self-builders can benefit from building with oak for a timeless and beautiful building.
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Making mistakes with a drainage system, mistakes that often only become apparent when the building is complete, can be painful and expensive. Richard Leigh, Development Director of drainage specialist Lanes Group, explains the steps that…
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In this article, i-Build talks to 130-year-old brand F.H. Brundle about how anti-climb paint can help keep your new home safe.
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LAs underfloor heating (UFH) becomes an increasingly popular choice for self-builders and homeowners, Nigel Sanger, Divisional Director Technical Support at RWC UK, explores the best practices to ensure a successful project.
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Before floor tiling begins, it is critical that subfloors are prepared properly. This means that they are level, sound, dry, free from deflection, dust and any other contaminants which may be considered barriers to adhesion,…
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Purchasing flooring is not an everyday task and as a result, can make you feel overwhelmed before even starting. However, straightforward preparation beforehand will set you on the correct course and eliminate choice paralysis.
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Villa Veneto is an historic and elegant 1930s Liberty Villa laid out over four floors, covering some 4467ft2. The three-bedroom, three-bathroom home includes three terraces with breathtaking views and an underground Cantina cave that provides…
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Jon and Victoria Oakley’s home, a former water tower – which served a prisoner-of-war camp and doubled as a secret communications hub during the Second World War – is currently listed for sale via OnTheMarket.…
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Jenny Smith-Andrews, Marketing Manager of aircrete block manufacturer H+H, considers the case for traditional building methods with a modern twist.
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Anyone who has built their own home will know that from the moment you make the decision to go down the self-build route, you’ll be assailed by decisions. Big decisions, small decisions and just plain…
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Leading roof window manufacturer VELUX® has launched its new STUDIO window, which is the first roof window to boast three sashes in one frame.
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Building technology specialists, Roman Products Ltd., introduced a new versatile, low energy, modular building system on the Magply stand, D31, at Futurebuild (ExCel London 3rd – 5th March). Named JÖ BLOX, the rapid build system…
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Osmo UK, the eco-friendly wood and finishes experts, expanded its renowned wood finish range, Polyx-Oil, by adding exciting colour tones to this market-leading range. Polyx-Oil Tints will bring a touch of elegance and glamour to…
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The redevelopment of a large residential property in Sutton Coldfield to create a £5million mansion is making use of Marmox Multiboard’s unique benefits, both inside and out, featuring within the pool/spa complex and then around…
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Despite 40 years spent working as a gas installer/gas manager, Andy Neville, had never been involved with fitting or servicing underfloor heating but adding a new extension to his own home, and deciding traditional radiators…
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Pantone recently announced Classic Blue as the 2020 ‘Colour of the Year’, and whilst this vibrant hue might often be suited to feature walls, accent accessories, or striking textiles, you can also embrace the trend…
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If you work in outdoor design, the chances are that you’ve heard great things about Millboard decking.
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Imperial Bricks’ stunning feature-wall Brick Tiles can now be seen in their full glory on www.imperialbricktiles.co.uk The unique range – launched in November last year - allows architects and specifiers to create feature walls in…
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In April 2017, H.D. Services were asked by the architect for a couple to provide a budget quotation for the installation of an Open-Loop Ground Source Heat Pump (GSHP) to heat a new build property…
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With private outdoor space adding as much as 69%* to the value of a home, a well-designed and laid patio is a sought-after feature of a garden. Recent trends in garden design include patterned paving…
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Aesthetically pleasing, hard-wearing and stylish – porcelain has long been a preferred material for tiles in the home. However, technological advances mean that modern incarnations of the product are now also ideal for patios and…
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When deciding on a rainwater system, there’s more than the cost to take into consideration if you want to achieve a high-performing, long-lasting, aesthetically pleasing system for your home. Here are five tips for choosing…
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Every time you open a newspaper, watch the news or settle down for a wildlife documentary, we are presented with the huge issue that is ‘plastic pollution’. This is not just about plastic carrier bags…
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There are many benefits to choosing a Green Oak timber-frame building for your latest project. Amongst those is the knowledge that you’re selecting a material that offers a multitude of ecological credentials.
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Renovating or updating a heritage building raises many challenges, especially if, as is often the case, the building is listed and subject to Listed Building Consent or agreement from conservation bodies before any modernisation can…
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The environment is a growing concern for many and was voted the third most pressing issue, after Brexit and public health, facing the UK. Younger generations voted it in second, demonstrating a much greater worry…
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For Frank and Wendy Bradshaw, building their new home at Park Gwyn meant the fulfilment of a long-held ambition to return to St Stephen near St Austell. Frank had previously run a Cornish pasty factory…
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“Warmth, weather-resistance and sustainability were our top priorities when we decided to refurbish our 20th-century bungalow at Houlston Manor,” says Bob Griffiths, a Shropshire Farmer.
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Back in 2017, a call from New London Architecture for innovative proposals to solve London’s housing crisis led to the formulation of an impressive new concept for increasing the space available in traditional terraced properties.…
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If you’re dreaming of transforming your home with a new kitchen or extension, you’re not alone. A recent survey showed that UK homeowners spent £295bn renovating their homes over the last five years. But how…
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A healthy building is one that is bright, warm, draught-free, soundproof and free from air pollutants. For occupant health, there is a myriad of benefits of healthy homes as poorly ventilated homes with a lack…
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Yeoman Rainguard rainwater systems were used to help reintroduce an industrial heritage style to The Old Pump House in Warton.
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OrganoWood is the latest name in sustainable wood protection and is building a reputation amongst architects, professionals and end-users as the external wood treatment of choice for a number of different applications.
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Integral blinds manufacturer Morley Glass & Glazing is working in partnership with Saint-Gobain Glass to take recycling to the next level.
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An oak-framed garage provides a solid, life-long structure to protect your vehicles, with the potential added advantage of storage space, living accommodation, a home office and more.
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With Earthborn paints, you don’t have to sacrifice performance or looks for environmental benefits. Earthborn's goal is to create a healthier, more environmentally friendly paint that stands out from the crowd, while performing even better…
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Luxury vinyl tile (LVT) flooring is seeing enormous growth in the UK, growing at a faster rate than any other type of flooring. LVTs have been around for several decades, but it’s only really now…
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Renovations are on the rise; 53% of homeowners have carried out improvement works in the last 10 years*. With consumers more likely to revamp their current home than move, the market has got lots of…
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Are you thinking of having rooflights installed in your home? If so, here are six things to consider before you make your choice. Carefully considering these key points will ultimately make the shopping process much…
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In this article, David O’Mara, Marketing Manager at Hörmann, explains what you should look out for in terms of security features for garage doors.
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Dale Telling, Commercial Manager at Fassa Bortolo UK, discusses how age-old interior trends are now being made for the 21st century with traditional surface coverings now in demand.
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Located in the serene small Cornish village of Portloe, on the Roseland Peninsula, sits Nare’s Yard – the ultimate countryside escape built by the Pryor family.
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Larry Soper, Technical Training Manager at EnviroVent, offers his advice on specifying the correct MVHR (mechanical ventilation with heat recovery) system.
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Sited opposite recreation grounds in Islington’s Angel, Matthew and Gemma Dorey’s new-build apartment takes full advantage of London living with its prime location. Despite the sought-after neighbourhood, there were two areas in which the residence…
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Is 2020 the year you finally renovate your home into your dream? If there’s a particular room in your house that has so much more potential, why not? There are several renovations you can perform,…
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As self-builders adopt an increasingly sustainable ethos when designing and building their own homes, Simon Orrells of Frame Technologies considers why issues surrounding climate change and the zero-carbon agenda cannot be ignored.
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The National Self Build & Renovation Show returns for a packed three days of seminars, live demonstrations and an unrivalled line up of experts on hand to share their homebuilding advice. It’s the perfect event…
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A development of 46 new properties in one of the South-West’s most popular seaside towns is being built to the Zero Carbon Smart Home Specification, with two of the rapid installation, high output underfloor heating…
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After 1st January 2020 discharges to surface water from both old and new septic tanks will no longer be permitted by the EA. If you have a septic tank you need to identify whether it…
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Cedral fibre cement cladding is the ideal choice for homeowners looking to achieve a low-maintenance exterior, offering them the opportunity to add personality to their property quickly and easily.
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Visitors can discover the best in material innovation from across the world, all in one place at this year’s Surface Design Show. Held at the Business Design Centre in Islington from 11 to 13th February…
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Visit Build It Live for inspirational ideas and the opportunity to meet experts who can offer invaluable advice whether you are looking to renovate, build a new home or update your existing property.
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For those who wish to find out more about maximising space while increasing a home’s worth or need advice and resources to carry out their existing plans, the South East Homebuilding & Renovating Show is…
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In the last five years, an increasing number of homeowners have chosen to stick rather than twist when it comes to moving up the housing ladder. Here, Mark Krull from Logic4training takes a look at…
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In the last five years, an increasing number of homeowners have chosen to stick rather than twist when it comes to moving up the housing ladder. Here, Mark Krull from Logic4training takes a look at…
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Barbara Genda, Principal Designer and Founder of Barbara Genda Bespoke Furniture, shares her expert advice for cleverly designed storage solutions that exemplify how best to make the most of every usable nook and cranny to…
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Lofts are smaller than the other rooms in your house, so when planning your conversion you need to think carefully about how you can make the most out of your space, explains Grant Sneddon, Daylight…
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In this article, Darren Hook, Director of English Heritage Buildings, discusses why planning is essential to ensuring a successful build.
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Cameron Fraser, Director of Ceramique Internationale, discusses how tile innovations are allowing home renovators to look beyond plain blue tiles for residential pool projects.
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When Stuart and Sharon McAllister first bought Moyness Kirk in 2009, it had fallen into a state of disrepair. 11 years down the line, after completing an extensive renovation on the stunning period property, the…
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Paul Trace from Stella Rooflight offers some guidance on the thermal performance (U-values) of rooflights and what to look out for in the specification process.
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The Speakmans had lived in their High Wycombe home for more than 20 years when a property on their road came up for sale, offering the perfect chance for them to create their dream house.…
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Home renovation projects are incredibly stressful, and it’s easy to get caught up in the moment knocking down walls, painting ceilings and building your dream home. It’s important to remember, however, that as well as…
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Good organisation is always an important part of any project, but as winter approaches, industries that involve outdoor construction have an altogether different and challenging task on their hands. When the first frosts bite, even…
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Warmshell is Lime Green’s highly effective, versatile and breathable insulation system for internal and external walls whether they’re brick, timber or stone.
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Hörmann – one of the leading manufacturers of garage doors – has developed 24 new Duragrain finishes, which will instantly transform any garage and give it a new lease of life.
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Whilst Round Wood of Mayfield offers a wide variety of products in oak – including buildings, flooring, joinery and skirting – it is far from its only option when it comes to decking and cladding.
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Traditional timber window and door specialist, The Sash Window Workshop has extensive experience replacing and repairing windows and doors. All new joinery is bespoke and manufactured in its Berkshire workshop by specialist craftsmen to meet…
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