A South-west based specialist building services contractor has put together a full package of renewable and underfloor heating products, from the OMNIE range, to meet the energy and comfort ambitions for a striking new housing…
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When renovating the interior of the home all to often our immediate thoughts turn to changing wall colours or putting down new floor coverings, but replacing the internal doors can also make a drastic improvement…
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Are you looking for a stylish roof that’s built to last for your current self-build project? Eternit fibre cement slates can create a unique exterior for your home that doesn’t compromise on performance.
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A regular customer of Circoflo has made use of their bespoke design service and the custom sized underfloor heating solution to carry out a challenging contract, involving the installation of an air source heat pump,…
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The popularity of self-build in the Northern region has hit at an all-time high, according to recent research by Insulation Express, with several cities in the region offering plots for between £128,000 and £388,000[1].
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The Government recently introduced changes to make self-builds more accessible. The plan is to increase new-build homes by 35%. With more people realising the benefits of self-build homes in affordability and customisation, Chris Pendrey, SHEQ…
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Many self-builders set out to build as sustainably as possible. When it comes to paint, one company specialises in sustainable specification but goes beyond that to deliver excellent performance and aesthetics.
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From smart bed sheets that can modify temperature, to colour, fabric and shape-changing AI furniture, experts reveal what the Smart E-Home of the future could look like.
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Oundle House started life as a pretty standard Peterborough home, with a basic render finish and failing white plastic guttering. It then underwent a complete transformation worth £1.5m, including the installation of Alumasc’s Infinity galvanised…
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For many garden owners, this year’s extreme weather conditions may be the final straw. Periods of intense sun interspersed with torrential downpours have caused lawns to experience an extreme growth spurt, meaning that maintaining a…
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Why aren’t more people using underfloor heating in their self-build projects? David Playfoot, Segment Manager at Uponor, explores further.
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Stuart McGinlay, Structural Waterproofing Designer at Wise Basement Systems, explains why approaching a self-build requires waterproofing consideration.
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Designed by the architect duo Amanda Castro and Giovana Giosa, from Studio AG, this house in São Paulo, Brazil has been completely transformed to create an idyllic home with a unique light-filled courtyard at its…
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In this article, Protek Self Build discusses why getting your build cost right when arranging self-build insurance cover on your project can make a huge difference to recovering from a serious loss.
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With Anya, Robin and their four boys fast outgrowing their house in North London, in order to stay in the area that was ideal for both school and work they decided to explore the option…
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Mark Stevenson, Managing Director of Potton, shares his comments on how to value a building plot and provides a formula for the valuation method.
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As specialists in working with listed and period properties, Storm Windows can help you gain the benefits of modern glazing whilst preserving the character of your property.
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Manufactured to the same exacting standards their award-winning bifold doors and sliding doors, IDSystems range of aluminium windows features the IDS300 slim, with incredibly narrow frames from just 59mm for opening windows and 33mm for…
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The FM company of a large Yorkshire Hospital engaged with wall & door protection specialists, Yeoman Shield, to resolve the unsightly and problematic damage that was occurring to fire doors in a busy specialist unit.
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Technology in stoves has moved towards greater efficiency in recent years. Many stoves now have a sophisticated airwash system, where; once the fire is properly alight; preheated, secondary air is sourced from above the fire-bed,…
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Building a home is a real bucket list event for a lot of people, yet so few make it a reality. In the UK, self-build can prove a complex process for the uninitiated, which often…
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Ian and Julie Perrin were exploring different parts of the country looking for somewhere to retire to when they came across the historic market town of Montgomery in Wales.
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If you’re looking for an eco-build holiday let, as a prospective builder or visitor, this couldn’t really tick many more boxes. High-tech passive house, Bumble Barn, is named with the bee shaped body of the…
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Richard and Debbie Heyes, a couple in their 50s who have worked for the past 25 years in the public sector, dramatically changed their lives when embarking on their own property venture in a conservation…
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A centuries old technique has been combined with a modern design to create an architect’s Norwegian self-build home.
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Oak frame porches can come in multiple designs and can help to create an extended space from the front of a property. They can provide shelter from the elements and cut out the favourite past…
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Here, Mark Horner of Mark Horner Architects – a specialist in the restoration, extension and conversion of oast houses – reflects on the history of oast houses and raises some important questions before bringing this…
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Plotting a dream: discover steps to making your property ambitions a reality at the London Homebuilding & Renovating Show.
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When interior designer and blogger Kate Young first viewed her new home she knew it was the one. Despite the magnolia walls, brown carpets and the cream kitchen, she fell in love with the rural…
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You’ve completed your self-build or renovation, so now it’s time to turn your attention to the surrounding landscape. One low maintainance solution is to install decking, as this creates a stable and aesthetic base for…
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As the number of first-time buyers hits the highest levels in over a decade, combined with a major decrease in the size of the average new build home – it’s no wonder homeowners are looking…
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Choosing the right ironmongery can help turn your house into home. However, with so much choice available it’s often difficult to know where to start. David Saxby, Senior Category Manager at IronmongeryDirect, offers tips and…
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Here Sabahudin Medic, Operations Director at Roof Maker, explores the increasing role rooflights and glazing systems are playing in renovation projects and the latest innovations available to homeowners to provide the highest standards in aesthetics,…
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Grand Designs Live, proudly sponsored by Anglian Home Improvements, is gearing up for its biggest and most inspirational show yet! Whether starting out on your first renovation, building a new home, redecorating a room, looking…
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You’ve done your numbers but adding an architect’s fee to your self-build project may seem extravagant and uneconomical. After all, the whole point is to save money, right? If you have a vision of creating…
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Gary Walters, Managing Director of Stone Age, a luxury stoneware and porcelain company, and Darren Hopkins, Showroom Manager of Stone Age and Founder of new sustainable artisan wood flooring brand Root, discuss the latest material…
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The UK’s favourite national flooring event is fast approaching. From the 15th to 17th September, the Harrogate Convention Centre welcomes visitors to the 57th edition of The Flooring Show.
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BS 5839 is the key code of practice for the planning, design, installation, commissioning and maintenance of fire detection. BS 5839-6:2019 is the latest standard and categorises different grades and categories of fire detection systems…
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An experienced team comprising PHT members Green Building Store, Elemental Solutions, Alan Clarke and Mike Whitfield Construction, along with architect Adrian Cook, have completed a newly-certified Passivhaus, Ty Casim, and it’s a perfect example of…
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The technology within power tools continues to evolve to make the products more efficient and effective, longer lasting and easier to use. The inclusion of brushless motors in the latest generation of tools has brought…
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Cladding is usually available in a range of materials, but there are two popular options that most homeowners prefer. In this article, Dalply discusses the two prominent types of cladding – timber cladding and fibre…
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Cheryl and Martin began building their family home in 2016. It was last year that they came to the stage of the build where they needed to fit doors and windows. The couple wanted a…
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Adam Brindle, Managing Director of The Grounds Care Group and Japanese Knotweed expert, explains the challenges faced by construction professionals in eradicating this most pesky of plants.
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Jaques Construction has selected Imperial Bricks for a new-build executive home in Reigate. With a passion for creating high quality living spaces, Joe and Becky Jaques made the obvious move to choose Jaques Construction –…
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For many people in the UK, owning a home is not only a sound investment but the opportunity to put down permanent roots, create stability and modify surroundings to personal taste and style. Here, Rex…
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Hidden amongst the pine trees in the rural suburbs of Stockholm, architect Matthew Eastwood of Swedish firm, Tengbom, has tailor-made his very own architectural treasure for his family to enjoy.
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A contemporary barn conversion in the rural North Norfolk countryside is benefitting from renewable heating thanks to Finn Geotherm.
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John M Staves, CEng FIStructE, Fellow and Vice President of the Institution of Structural Engineers discusses why you must consult a structural engineer before renovating or extending.
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If you are wanting a natural looking and eco-friendly rainwater system then Copper gutters and down pipes from the Yeoman Rainguard range, as chosen by the owners of a charming detached residence in North Yorkshire,…
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Roof window manufacturer VELUX and paint and wallpaper experts Farrow & Ball have come together in a new campaign which highlights the transformative effect that daylight can have on interior design.
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Introducing the latest, on-trend product launch from AQATA; the DS402, a stylish reeded glass wet room panel. This new design introduces a chic modern twist to the concept of a modesty screen; the clear glass…
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Timber frame is just one of many types of construction. However, it is arguably the most flexible, efficient and sustainable method. At English Brothers, the company takes those key benefits of timber frame construction and…
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If you’re looking for a traditional oak framed garage, you may want to consider the range of ‘Chippy’ kits offered by Round Wood of Mayfield.
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Lumi-Plugin is a low energy, dimmable, LED downlight which is a ring of light in a recessed metal chassis. It has a hole in the middle to receive other components such as:
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Do your timber windows let in the draughts and cold weather? The Sash Window Workshop specialise in manufacturing and installing high quality, double glazed timber windows in period properties.
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Bi-fold doors have, in recent times, become a popular residential or commercial design choice. Not only do they look gorgeous, create the illusion of greater space and bring in that all-important natural light, but they…
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Interweaving modern-day facilities and comfort with the traditional features of historic properties is one of the major challenges faced by architects and builders renovating period houses.
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For more than 70 years, we have dedicated ourselves to providing an exceptional level of customer service within the precast concrete industry. From design and manufacture to delivery and installation, we offer the most comprehensive…
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At the Oak Designs Company we build and design a vast array of oak framed buildings from Garages to Garages with 1st Floors, Home Offices, Outdoor Kitchens, Gazebos, Outbuildings, Porches and Garden rooms there are…
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A ready-made DEFRA Approved and EcoDesign Ready Inset Stove, with Volcanic Pumice Building Blocks – sourced from the Hekla Volcano in Iceland!
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A family firm, established in 1884, we know a lot about timber windows! We even have our own research and development centre where we test all our products and develop exciting innovations like our latest…
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Are you looking for new windows for your period property? Did you realise that there’s no reason to compromise the appearance of your windows for thermal efficiency?
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Leading British ventilation manufacturer, Vent-Axia is delighted to announce that it has won an award in the Red Dot Award: Product Design 2019 competition for its PureAir Sense, the UK’s only bathroom fan with Odour…
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New Range Launches Copper, Matt Black, Brushed Nickel and Chrome.
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Storm Windows – a family company – has been making and installing bespoke secondary glazing for listed, period and historic properties for more than 15 years.
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Whilst Round Wood of Mayfield offer a wide variety of products in oak - including buildings, flooring, joinery and skirting – it is far from their only option when it comes to decking and cladding.
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Valverdi Indoor-Out is a premium range of co-ordinating indoor and outdoor porcelain tiles designed to create harmony between living spaces. Launched in 2013 and now the market leaders in indoor-outdoor tiles, Valverdi provides an array…
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Mendip Stoves has announced that with the recent refurbishment of its factory, and a large investment in a new spray plant, it will now be able to use water based paints for all its stove…
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Lumi-Plugin is an innovation, new to market lighting system. Its compact base unit is an LED downlight which can combine different products such as a sprinkler system, smoke alarm, heat alarm, CO alarm, PIR sensor…
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Owen Stinchcombe built the energy efficient house of his dreams, complete with Solar PV and ground source heat pump technology, linked up to a battery storage system and operated by innovative smart controls.
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Building on 300 years of manufacturing heritage, Fassa Bortolo is one of the leading companies in external rendering and integrated building solutions.
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One of the biggest investments you can make on your selfbuild project is the roof. If you are looking for stylish roof slates that are built to last, Rivendale, Birkdale, Garsdale and Thrutone fibre cement…
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When you think of luxury freestanding showers, large scale, open plan wet room style spaces spring to mind.
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Steve Hudson and his wife, Barbara, were searching for a house enabling ease of movement for Steve’s wheelchair. Eventually, the couple found a rural property for demolition to make room for a new, purpose-designed home.
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Does your project require replacement windows or doors? The Sash Window Workshop specialise in manufacturing and installing high quality timber windows and doors.
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Every build should be a healthy build which stands the test of time. Lime Green makes a monumental difference to your project with honest and practical solutions, ensuring world-class consistency.
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Shown for the first time at BAU, Kährs Luxury Tiles is a comprehensive offering of over 170 high quality, non-repetitive, waterproof and phthalate-free luxury vinyl tile designs, finished with a highly durable and robust ceramic…
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H.D. Services Ltd. is a family run company based in Buckinghamshire and operating throughout the South East. We specialise in the construction and development of boreholes and soakaways; the installation of independent sewage treatment systems…
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Marcus O’Boyle, Business Development and Marketing Manager for the Genesis Collection of windows and doors, discusses why the finer details matter when choosing glazing for your self-build or renovation project, and how the exclusive Genesis…
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With UK Government making a clear commitment to the rapid decarbonisation of heat with the introduction of a future homes standard mandating the end of fossil-fuel heating systems in all new build homes from 2025,…
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Large windows are incredibly on trend right now. They let in light to make a home feel spacious and bright, giving a property a contemporary look. But every window needs the right dressing, which is…
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Now it’s time to turn your attention to your outdoor space. From garden buildings, to furniture and textiles, take inspiration here to create your own oasis.
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Christian Rehn of National Ventilation answers your questions about ventilation, explaining the benefits of installing effective ventilation in your self-build home. But with so much choice on the market, where should you begin?
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When planning any self-build, home renovation or extension project, you will no doubt be keen to ensure that these newly-created living spaces are comfortably habitable all year round.
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Period properties are hugely popular for their historic charm and character. While owning a period property can be incredibly rewarding, it does also require a lot of TLC and therefore often presents the homeowner with…
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At the project outset, careful consideration will undoubtedly be given to the project’s feasibility and it’s quite likely you have allowed an element of contingency in the budget for unexpected costs. In this article, Protek…
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When it comes to building your own villa, there are a few things that can give you a head start. Architect Mohammed Kabbaj was not only able to approach the project with considerable expertise and…
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When Terry and Olwen Brown-Waite were chosen by Channel 4’s Grand Designs in a nationwide search to find people to create their own homes at the UK’s largest mass self-build site, they had a clear…
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Deciding to undertake a self-build project is a significant moment, however, translating grand ideas into a workable plan isn’t always as straightforward as it might seem. Here, Karen Curtin, Managing Director of Graven Hill, the…
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Renovating your home is always an exciting time. But that isn’t to say that it doesn’t come with its own set of challenges. Whether you’re a new homeowner, an interiors novice, or already have experience…
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Kitchen renovations are never a straight forward process and require meticulous planning. When thinking about which appliances to purchase, it’s important to consider what would be best suited to your kitchen design and the space…
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When Suffolk-based April Groen embarked on a self-build project to create her own unique living space, she had very distinct ideas on how she envisaged the overall design of her property, both inside and out.
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Tom Wright, Managing Director of George Barnsdale, the window and door specialist, discusses what a self-builder should consider when specifying acoustic performance in windows and doors.
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A self-build project in the stunning countryside of North East England has benefitted from Isover’s Metac, chosen for its excellent thermal and acoustic properties, as well as being the perfect fit for the architectural design…
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Dale Telling, Commercial Manager at one of the leading Italian render manufacturers, Fassa Bortolo, outlines how a lime-based render can offer the solution to bring a period building back to its original beauty.
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Japanese knotweed is no longer the deal-breaker it once was, with almost a third (32%) of British adults who are aware of Japanese knotweed prepared to go ahead and purchase an affected property, but at…
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For one family, a bespoke-designed oak frame from The Oak Designs Company ticked all the boxes in their quest to find a robust, elegant and spacious outhouse for an elderly family member.
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How do you make something new look like it’s been there for generations? When one family decided to make a stunning piece of rural Shropshire their home, that’s exactly the challenge they faced.
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Basement conversions are becoming a popular method to add floorspace and value to a property. However, the decision to tackle one should not be taken lightly.
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It’s a great feeling to turn that dusty, dark old loft into your favourite room in the house. You might have a growing family and need an extra bedroom. It could be a home office,…
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Living in the countryside can be much better for your health than living in a city centre. Less petrol and diesel fumes, bigger gardens, country walks with the family dog, and growing your own fruits…
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Something that is commonly confused is the difference between timber framing and post and beam construction. Here Vermont Timber Works explains more.
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It is well established and understood by self builders, architects and developers that well designed and attractive garage doors add to the overall feel and value of a property.
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