Selfbuilders are continually being encouraged to make their homes as airtight as possible to maximise energy efficiency and reduce the carbon footprint of their properties. This means it is vital that adequate ventilation is in…
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The listed 19th Century former Schoolhouse overlooking the Dublin mountains was renovated and extended to create a new energy efficient residential family home.
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Meisterstueck-HAUS, a German off-site house manufacturing company, has gained a reputation in the UK for combining UK design flair with the latest technical advances in low energy construction and sustainability, at a sensible cost.
Tagged under   premanufactured    offsite    low energy    sustainable    project 
In recent years, the idea of building one’s own home has become incredibly popular within the UK. A steady relaxation of Government regulation has been aimed at easing the uphill struggle often associated with acquiring…
Tagged under   premanufactured    budgets    plot    project    house    government 
When building the home of your dreams, external accessories are often overlooked and left as an afterthought. Hot tubs are great features for outdoor living, but how do you prepare this area before installing a…
Tagged under   exterior    garden 
Rooflights are a great way to boost the levels of natural light in your home. Ideal for loft conversions, extensions or renovations, the possibilities are endless. Here, i-build provides some essential guidance and inspiration for…
Tagged under   roofing    roof window    windows    glass    glazing    skylights 
When it comes to adding those cosmetic finishing touches, it is well worth allocating a healthy budget from the outset to achieve that high-quality overall scheme you truly deserve. Forget traditional paint and wallpaper, why…
Tagged under   interiors    walls    glazing    glass    stone    wood 
The Southern Homebuilding & Renovating Show proudly returns to Sandown Park, Surrey, from 25 to 26th June. The show is a platform for the freshest, most inspiring ideas and more than 220 exhibitors will be…
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Creating a cinema can help bring the magic of the movies, the tension of the big match or the thrill of online gaming to your home. But where do you start? Connected AV offers some…
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Whether you’re designing your bathroom from scratch or renovating an existing space, here Matki’s Managing Director, Nicholas Cunild, uncovers the latest shower enclosure trends for 2016.
Tagged under   bathrooms    showers    sanitaryware 
With a self-build there is so much to think about. Furniture and accessories may be the final consideration, but it is worth taking the time to think, research and plan the big budget rooms at…
Tagged under   furniture    accessories    bathrooms    bedroom    kitchens    planning 
Often overlooked, mortar contributes greatly to the exterior aesthetics of a property. Iain Betts, an expert in mortar from Tarmac’s Building Products division, discusses how opting for coloured mortar can give a new home a…
Tagged under   bricks    exterior 
Embarking on a self-build project is both an exciting and daunting prospect, but one thing that can make the experience a lot smoother and more enjoyable is having the right tools for the job. Here…
Tagged under   tools    project 
To meet the growing needs of their growing family, Tania and Mike Voaden have transformed their stylish home into a spacious, light and airy family abode.
Tagged under   house    bedroom    extension 
When Architect, Bernard Tulkens, bought his home in Hackney, there was a piece of land at the bottom of his garden accessed by a gate. From the outset, Bernard knew it was an ideal infill…
Tagged under   self build    passivhaus    garden    plot    sustainable    energy efficiency    furniture 
Andrew Reardon, Senior Self-build Account Handler at self-build insurance policy expert ProAktive Selfbuild, dicusses the implications of signing JCT clause 5.4B.
Tagged under   contractors    insurance 
According to a new report published by AMA Research, the self-build housing market is set to grow by 5% in value in 2016. Andrew Hartley, Director of AMA Research, explains more.
Tagged under   house    plot    government 
In an industry often driven by price Rainclear Systems, online retailer and the UK’s leading distributor of metal guttering and downpipe products, has not compromised on quality.
Tagged under   gutters    guttering    eco    steel    drainage 
Fairways, the Isle of Wight superhome showcased in September’s Grand Designs programme, features large areas of impeccable plastering made possible by spray-applied MP75 Readymix Plaster from by Knauf – one of the UK’s leading manufacturer…
Tagged under   plaster    walls 
A new wire-free home automation and monitoring system can now transform any house or apartment into an intelligent home. Ingeny@home brings together domestic electrical systems and devices to help effectively manage and check lighting, heating,…
Tagged under   accessories    lighting    heating    windows 
A rural mansion in Surrey has had Polypipe Underfloor Heating installed throughout as part of it’s large scale, high specification build.
Tagged under   underfloor heating    heating    hvac    flooring    renewable energy 
With the latest release of SketchUp 2016 we’re integrating Trimble Connect directly into SketchUp. As a refresher, Connect is Trimble’s platform for storing, syncing, referencing, sharing, and collaborating on design/build projects. Sign up for a…
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When it comes to lighting your self-build, it is important to think about it early on in the process – never let it become an afterthought. Being able to start from scratch with a self-build…
Tagged under   lighting    accessories 
If you’ve just built your own home, it’s likely to be your pride and joy. So why leave it unprotected?
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Your new kitchen’s worktop will greatly impact on both the functionality and aesthetics of this vital space in the home, so it’s crucial that you choose the right product for you. Here, i-build provides some…
Tagged under   kitchens    surfaces    concrete    marble    tiles    tiling    worktops 
If you’re wanting your self-build to stand out from the crowd, specifying metal roofing and cladding such as copper or zinc will do just the trick. Adding instant wow factor and robustness, these unique options…
Tagged under   roofing    cladding 
Find out all you need to know about building a truly individual home with a visit to Build It Live. Taking place on 11-12th June in Bicester, on the borders of Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Northamptonshire,…
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Roofline components are the essential parts of your roof that protect your home from the weather – mainly wind and rain in the case of the UK. Chris Coxon, Head of Marketing at Eurocell, explains…
Tagged under   roof    roofing    protection    fascias    gutters    guttering    soffits 
Given the huge range of products on offer in today’s market, it can be an overwhelming task to choose which material is best for any given project. The most important factors that one should consider…
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Worktops play a huge role in the design of the kitchen and as such need to look good as well as being practical. David Beckett, Sales Director at Caesarstone, explores the current trends.
Tagged under   kitchens    worktops    surfaces 
When you are looking into building an extension, it can be easy to get carried away with the finer details such as decorating your new space, and the guests you can invite over. It’s important…
Tagged under   groundwork    drainage    extension 
For many self-builders, their ambition to self-build is driven by the desire to have full control over their dream home and the choices that come with it. For Brian Murray, his vision for a traditional…
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After having spent many years financing large-scale social and private housing, Ken Cox, and his wife Helen, were confident that they could finally take on the challenge of building their own unique home.
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Working at height remains one of the biggest causes of fatalities and major injuries, especially in the construction and manufacturing industries. Common cases include falls from ladders and through fragile roofs.
Tagged under   site    health and safety    project 
Building or renovating can be one of the biggest decisions that you may make in your life so it’s important that you find the perfect builder.
Tagged under   builder    renovation 
i-build continues to follow Will Anderson as his self-build journey unfolds. This month, he welcomes to the arrival of his bespoke staircase, designed by Metal Worker Jonathan Rowlandson.
Tagged under   self build    staircase 
Many of us dream of building our own home, from designing the perfect living space, to hunting for those all-important finishing touches, but most us think this will always be a dream, rather than becoming…
Tagged under   oak    oak frame    structure 
Grand Designs Live returns from 30th April to the 8th May 2016. The event, based on the hugely popular Channel 4 series Grand Designs, offers visitors a chance to view the latest trends and unseen…
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A new vitrified high-end Italian porcelain paving product is the latest addition to Natural Paving Products (UK) Limited’s extensive portfolio of quality paving.
Tagged under   paving    stone    landscaping 
Approximately 13,000 people across the UK complete their own self-build home every year and despite a common misconception, following the custom or self-build option is not just for those with grand designs and grand budgets…
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Dress your floor to impress with leading tile specialist Reed Harris’ stunning new Aspen range of porcelain wood-effect tiles. Taking the endearing trend for wood-effect tiles to the next level, Aspen is influenced by the…
Tagged under   tiles    tiling    wood flooring    flooring 
High load and impact resistance; extreme wear and scratch resistance; frost and fireproof; colour fast and extremely resistant to staining; resistance to mould and algae growth – these qualities ensure an extremely low maintenance and…
Tagged under   decking    tiles    tiling    balconies 
When purchasing a piece of land for a self-build project, it’s important to do your homework to ensure there are no hidden risks associated with the plot. Rebecca Hickey, Head of Product at Landmark Information…
Tagged under   planning    site 
There are many things about Express that we are proud of as a team. We’re family owned and managed, we travel far and wide to stay bang up to date with market trends, we pride…
Tagged under   bifold doors    doors    windows    glazing 
A driveway can dramatically change the exterior of your property, and when planning a new driveway project, there are a number of aspects that you will need to consider; how much space is needed to…
Tagged under   driveway    paving    landscaping    garden 
When choosing ironmongery for your new home, such as door handles, hinges, locks and latches, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the number of choices available. Whether opting for a modern or classic feel, selecting…
Tagged under   ironmongery    doors    windows 
With increasing concerns over the environment and fuel prices steadily rising, a homeowner from Leicestershire made the decision to build himself an energy efficient property.
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i-build catches up with specialist self-build architect Allan Corfield of AC Architects. Here he talks about the importance of the client’s happiness and the benefits of hiring a RIBA-approved practice.
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In 2014, Vince and Anne Esposito decided it was time to move out of their family home. Having always dreamed of living in the country, the couple started to look for home in rural Northamptonshire…
Tagged under   renewable technology    energy efficiency 
Fabulous flooring expert, Harvey Maria, is leading the way with the latest flooring trend – zoning – which offers a clever way to define the space in your home.
Tagged under   flooring    interiors 
Developments in modern glazing and the manufacturing process of timber windows mean they offer a range of added energy efficiency benefits that rival uPVC. Adrian Wade, Sales Director at JELD-WEN, a leading manufacturer of timber…
Tagged under   windows    glazing    timber    energy efficiency 
The choice of material for self-builders is of paramount importance. Here, Andrew Carpenter, Chief Executive of the Structural Timber Association (STA), discusses how structural timber frame can help to ensure housing projects are made weather…
Tagged under   timber    timber frame    budgets    offsite 
When the owners of an architectural new build in Richmond wanted to refresh their home’s interiors, they turned to Holloways of Ludlow to redesign the tired looking scheme and modernise the function of the house…
Tagged under   interiors    kitchens    renovation 
Despite initial reservations, Tan Jeraj realised the renovation potential of a small and dated bungalow in Mitcham, London, and transformed it into a spacious, long-term family home.
Tagged under   self build    renovation    bungalow 
Andrew Reardon, Senior Selfbuild Account Handler at self-build insurance policy expert ProAktive Selfbuild, explains the risks of opting for non-traditional construction methods when it comes to insuring your property in the future.
Tagged under   insurance    site    project 
i-build continues to follow Will Anderson as his self-build journey unfolds. This month, he basks in the glory of completing his walnut kitchen.
Tagged under   self build    kitchens 
Modular, multi-functional and universally applicable, Axor Universal Accessories is a comprehensive system of twelve accessories, consisting of handles, bars, and shelf elements.
Tagged under   bathrooms    showers    accessories 
The creators of George Clarke's Amazing Spaces and Shed of the Year, are looking for people to take part in an inspiring new Channel 4 series that follows individuals who have decided they want to…
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Duravit has increased its line-up of showering solutions with the introduction of the Stonetto shower tray. Fashioned from a new material, DuraSolid Q, it combines performance with aesthetics and offers an attractive alternative to acrylic.
Tagged under   showers    bathrooms 
The new Trespa® Meteon® Lumen range, launched in February this year, has been chosen to provide the ventilated cladding facade for the Time Saving Home at this year’s Ideal Home Show.
Tagged under   cladding    facade 
Spring Hill is the latest development from bespoke house builder Searchfield Homes. On this project, Graefe were the chosen supplier for the internal doors and frames.
Tagged under   doors    bedroom    bathrooms 
How will you be spending your Easter bank holiday weekend? While the temptation may be to lie on a sofa, eating your own body weight in chocolate, why not think about taking on the spring…
Tagged under   staircase    stairs 
However crowded the marketplace, real quality will always stand out according to Schueco UK who have increased the range of their Contemporary Living Collection of aluminium windows, doors and façades.
Tagged under   aluminium    doors    facade    windows 
Taking the first financial and emotional leap towards fulfilling a self-build dream by buying a plot of land can be surprisingly complicated, fraught and overwhelming.
Tagged under   plot    self build    planning 
White is the new black for kitchen worktops, according to home makeover specialist Granite Transformations, having reviewed its sales figures for 2015. Two years ago it reported that black granite was by far the most…
Tagged under   surfaces    kitchens    worktops 
JELD-WEN, the UK’s leading manufacturer of timber windows, doors and stairs is helping housebuilders, developers, architects and specifiers understand the specifics of stairs, with the launch of its brand new technical specification guide for stairs…
Tagged under   staircase    stairs    house    regulations 
Whether you’re looking to add an extra living or sitting room to your home, create an open-plan dining area or even a playroom, a bespoke oak-framed Arboreta orangery will provide you with a versatile space…
Tagged under   extension    oak    orangeries 
Taking the trend for texture that is popular with wall paper and tiles, JB Kind has created the exclusive Ripple door design which takes the texture of doors to a new dimension.
Tagged under   doors 
In this article, Solus Decor outlines the benefits of installing these simple yet effective fire pits and offers some inspiration from applications across the world.
Tagged under   fire pit    heating    garden 
There’s a host of striped flooring options available to suit your floor layout, interior decor, budget and, of course, personal taste.
Tagged under   interiors    flooring 
At an architect’s new timber frame home in Cork, Ireland, high racking strength and airtightness were crucial in the internal lining specification.
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Was your goal this year to finally do that extension? Maybe you’ve been dreaming of building a secure, sustainable house from scratch? A visit to the Homebuilding & Renovating Show, at the NEC in Birmingham…
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Britain’s largest home inspiration event, the Ideal Home Show, is set to return to Olympia, London. The UK’s biggest consumer home show will be welcoming visitors across the 17-day run from 18th March.
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Brilliant Lighting was recently tasked with illuminating a stunning Grade II listed, 15th century Hampshire barn, as part of a major conversion project. The restoration included the addition of a sympathetic new build, constructed in…
Tagged under   lighting    restoration    conversion 
English oak continues to deliver superior timber frame designs. Tom Barnes of Vastern Timber explains the advantages of English timber and what should architects and designers know to ensure successful implementation.
Tagged under   timber    timber frame 
Used to add more space to a property for an expanding family, or create an extra room, conservatories are a wonderful way to extend the home. With benefits such as added natural light, energy efficiency…
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With a wide variety of sanitaryware designs available on the market you may be finding it difficult to select the right scheme for your new bathroom. Here Helen Shaw, Marketing Manager at Roper Rhodes, sheds…
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With less than 400 PassivHaus certified properties so far completed across the UK, the ultra-low energy standard from Germany can still be viewed as nascent in this country, though there are many compliant components and…
Tagged under   hvac    energy efficiency    passivhaus    ventilation    heat recovery 
When Nick Oldridge and his family found their perfect plot, a disastrous discovery turned them from hopeful renovators into fully-fledged self-builders overnight.
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Sitting on the site of a demolished and undistinguished 1950s farm worker’s cottage just outside Bath, and in the Bath and Bristol Green Belt, Springfield Farm is a contemporary and individual home designed specifically to…
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Andrew Reardon, Senior Selfbuild Account Handler at self-build insurance policy expert, ProAktive Selfbuild, outlines the Health & Safety responsibilities of the self-builder.
Tagged under   self build    regulations    construction 
Is this the year you finally build your dream timber frame home? Hayden Martin, Managing Director of Fleming Homes, offers his top 10 tips for getting your self-build project off to a flying start in…
Tagged under   timber    timber frame 
i-build follows Will Anderson as his self-build journey unfolds. Since i-build last caught up with Will, he has been busy making use of leftover construction materials.
Tagged under   self build    reuse 
The eco-friendly wood and finishes expert, Osmo UK, offers Polyx®-Oil 2K Pure, a two-part hardwax oil that has been designed for professional use where surfaces are subjected to high traffic.
Tagged under   flooring    protection    eco 
A stunning refurbishment and extension project incorporating Andersen windows and doors from Black Millwork has given new life to a substantial family home in Cambridge.
Tagged under   doors    windows    refurbishment    extension 
Vent-Axia, the leader in low carbon ventilation, has brought new connectivity to the HEVAC sector with its Bluetooth-enabled Svara fan, the UK’s first App-controlled unitary fan.
Tagged under   ventilation    hvac 
With 55 years of experience and over 34,000 homes built, WeberHaus provide timber-framed, sustainable and energy efficient homes; combining German precision engineering and innovative technology with quality materials and traditional craftsmanship.
Tagged under   sustainable    energy efficiency    site    premanufactured 
A beautiful contemporary and highly efficient three-storey house in Putney, London, is home to Matt and Jo Warnes and their six-year old daughter. Friends and family of Matt may remember many a BBQ on the…
Tagged under   energy efficiency    self build    premanufactured 
A rainwater system is the first line of defence in keeping rainwater away from the building fabric. With the increasingly unpredictable UK weather patterns, a reliable rainwater system has never been so important. Gutters and…
Tagged under   drainage    rainwater system    gutters    guttering 
If a self builder decides to build a property on an area that has previously been flooded, it’s vital that they take the proper precautions to ensure that flooding wither doesn’t happen again. With the…
Tagged under   flooding    protection 
Paint is constantly progressing. From magnetic paint to writable paint, innovative methods are commonly being used in paint solutions. John Stephans, CEO of IdeaPaint, explains the benefits of using erasable paint in your self-build or…
Tagged under   interiors    project    decor    paints 
Forward thinking company Mira Showers recently brought together a panel of experts to reveal eight must-have bathroom trends to look out for this year.
Tagged under   bathrooms 
Building your dream home is a fantastic achievement. Despite the hurdles and challenges, seeing your vision come to fruition is a rewarding experience and is welcomed with open arms. Yet for children, the change of…
Tagged under   furniture    interiors 
Choosing the roof you want on your custom-build home can seem like a minefield and is one of the most important aspects of the design process. David Patrick, Head of Marketing at Redland, discusses the…
Tagged under   roofing    custom build 
When architects David Liddicoat and Sophie Goldhill, the partners of Liddicoat & Goldhill, began market research for a separate private housing venture, little did they know they would discover the perfect plot for their own…
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Richard Green, Managing Director of Deluxe Developers, has used his extensive knowledge of sustainable technologies to build his own truly energy-efficient family home.
Tagged under   energy efficiency    self build    sustainable 
Following recent floods that caused damage to many UK properties, Andrew Reardon, Senior Selfbuild Account Handler at self-build insurance policy expert ProAktive Selfbuild, stresses the importance of protecting your self-build site and structure.
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Michael Dall, Lead Economist at construction data expert Barbour ABI, reflects on the current state of the custom-build market.
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i-build follows Will Anderson as his self-build journey unfolds. This month, he completes an epic work of craft: a four metre high stained glass window.
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Self-builders can get to grips with the latest smart technologies that are forging an ever-closer and advantageous relationship between homeowners and their houses at Ecobuild, the UK’s largest show dedicated to construction and energy.
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If you are maintaining, altering or renovating your listed home – or even looking to buy one – The Listed Property Show is not to be missed!
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After a successful inaugural event in 2015, Build It Live Manchester will take place for the second time at the Trafford Centre, from the 20th to 21st February 2016.
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Swimming ponds are increasingly becoming an alternative solution to conventional swimming pools. Tim Evans, Director of UK leading swimming pond provider Garternart gives some guidance to those self-builders considering a swimming pond.
Tagged under   water    water feature    pond    landscaping 
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