Mark and Abigail Smyth bought a barn conversion with the view to renovate, but when the extent of its neglect became apparent, they decided to knock it down and self-build in its place.
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There has been an influx of good news for the home-building industry as the Government continues to help aspiring self-builders.
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Reducing dependence on non-renewable energy is becoming increasingly important and what’s more, the government even awards renewable electricity generating technology with financial incentives through the Feed-in Tariff (FiT) scheme. Renewable energy advice specialists The Energy…
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Yeoman Rainguard, one of the UK’s leading providers of quality rainwater systems, has responded to customer demand by adding the TX Cast Iron Soil Pipes to its range. Low maintenance and cost effective, Yeoman Rainguard…
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Clever combination: ShowerSelect concealed thermostats sets with the iBox universal. As part of the innovative Select programme from Hansgrohe, the new ShowerSelect concealed thermostat sets make selecting and turning the different functions on and off…
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CANAL Architectural create a grand entrance for a Central London penthouse with two floating cantilever staircases leading the way to stunning views. With a brief to produce high end, contemporary access for the multi-storey penthouse,…
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The benefits of woodburning are well documented today with a revival of the activity over recent years still gathering pace. At the heart of this revival is the warmth and pleasure that a woodburner gives;…
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Long Rake Spar continually strive to introduce unique new products to the trade that have a high sell through rate, whilst offering a sound profit return. The sales of our recently launched, uniquely different Flamingo…
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Self builders are choosing Lindab’s eco steel based Rainline instead of plastic rainwater systems because Rainline offers minimal movement, UV stability, it will not crack, fade or leak, is resistant to corrosion and virtually maintenance…
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Yeoman Rainguard, the market leaders in rainwater systems were brought in to help bring a derelict property back to its former glory. Yeoman Rainguard 125 x 100 MOG Aluminium XL Gutters and 100 x 75…
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The new Sound Wave acoustic bath from Kaldewei underlines once more the company’s role as a pioneer in bathroom culture. The first bath audio system introduced by the premium manufacturer enhances the experience of relaxation…
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Celebrating 27 years of design innovation, AQATA the leading UK designer and manufacturer of premium quality shower enclosures presents an exceptional line-up of stunning shower enclosures, screens and walk-ins, styled specifically to create luxurious shower…
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New White and Grey Brown Avola are the latest doors to be launched for Trend Interiors. Avola; a tantalising, textured woodgrain MFC slab door with 1.5mm ABS edging presents a seamless, quality finish that looks…
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In response to demand for a slim line macerator for the UK market, Saniflo has launched Sanislim, a super sleek macerator pump measuring just 13cm deep, which perfect for creating a contemporary cloakroom or en…
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A stylish, new sliding door range from Reynaers Aluminium, Hi-Finity is a sustainable, ultra-slim profile system that makes its debut at Ecobuild. Allowing uninterrupted panoramas thanks to its elegant, ultra-slim profiles, Reynaers Hi-Finity sliding doors…
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Quayside Conservatories have been creating hardwood conservatories for the trade and general public for nearly twenty years. A modest team of craftsmen, working from a disused boatyard on the banks of the river Waveney ensure…
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Moroccan Bazaar is a leading supplier and manufacturer of exquisite Moroccan interiors, a family business spanning three generations dating back to 1946. Today, the company, which initially started out as a wholesale supplier, has evolved…
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Luxury lighting company KOLARZ® is proud to present PALMANOVA a new range of striking hand-blown Murano glass pendant, wall and flush ceiling lights available in orange, purple, smoky grey and white with a chrome finish.…
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As part of a series of product launches to celebrate its 60th Anniversary, Lladró introduces the spectacular Belle de Nuit lighting collection. Designed by the creative in-house artists at Lladró’s headquarters in Valencia, the new…
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Chad Lighting, at your service. We’ve been supplying decorative lighting to hotels, homes and luxury boats for over 20 years. We’re something of a local artisan, up here in Birmingham. We design everything in house,…
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Bonaldo presents Kadou and Muffin – two items of interior décor which were extremely successful at the 2013 Salone del Mobile furniture show. Both products are designed by the Japanese Ryosuke Fukusada – in the…
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Astro is a leading British designer, manufacturer and exporter of contemporary lighting which has recently been given the prestigious Queen's Award for Enterprise and International Trade 2013. Astro offers the largest range of IP44 rated…
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Rinnai solar water heating solutions are designed to offer a blend of eco-friendly technologies, guaranteed to provide a constant flow of hot water, no matter how many showers and baths are in use at the…
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Installers and home owners could get better efficiency benefits from one of Quinn’s panel radiators, rather than paying a premium for energy saving models, according to the company’s managing director Nick Whitwell. Quinn Radiators’ rebranded…
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The “Equi-Flow” automatic shower flow limiter from Arrow Valves Ltd is especially designed to be fitted to a standard shower hose or fixed head, saving water and energy. The “Equi-Flow” is especially effective on multiple…
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Filmed for Channel 4’s hit TV show Restoration Man, Pete and Nikki’s dream of restoring a derelict windmill in Kent that has been owned by Pete’s family for over 100 years came to fruition. Locally…
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Building Control Officer Daniel Sowerby has completed a self-build project to create a home for his young family. As an expert in the building industry, Daniel has selected only the best products for his new…
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Kährs has introduced a new collection of rustic one-strip floors. A celebration of Kährs’ Swedish tradition and fine craftsmanship, the Founders Collection includes eight new oak designs and joins Kährs Original Range. Each floor is…
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The cellar of an end of terrace Georgian property in Bristol was being converted into two additional dwelling rooms as part of a larger conversion. While this cellar was below the street level at the…
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Wooden flooring remains both a stylish and practical solution for modern interiors, but requires a protective finish. Osmo UK, the eco-friendly wood experts, provide a sustainable finish specifically formulated to combine perfect protection and creative…
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Flooring expert Tarkett has launched an innovative new range of Luxury Vinyl Tiles (LVTs) for the home – iD Inspiration 70. The company has used its years of experience developing LVTs for the commercial sector…
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Inspired by the varying tones and textures of the Arabian Desert, RAK’s Sandust Collection includes two new porcelain tile formats in a striking Anthracite and White colour tone. Suitable for wall and floor application, RAK’s…
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Marrying the old with the new is an age old problem for the self builder, but at a project in Leicestershire contractor Pearson Properties has been able to seamlessly combine history and cutting edge environmental…
Tagged under   underfloor heating    heating 
Following the Housing Minister Mark Prisk’s pledge to remove the bureaucracy surrounding self build projects, Robert Hoskins of Hoskins Brick, urges aspiring self builders to avoid falling into a ‘false economy’. Over 90% of what…
Tagged under   walls    insulation    bricks 
Xtratherm's innovative full fill built-in wall insulation CavityTherm has been installed in Code Level 4 homes as part of the £6.4m AIMC4* project. The project is funded by the Government backed Technology Strategy Board** -…
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There’s a country house taking shape in deepest Wiltshire that showcases both the steely determination of its creator and the very best in British innovation! It’s a template for an approach that could contribute towards…
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Kingspan Insulated Panels has re-launched Sol-Air, a simple and intelligent solar air heating system. Previously known as EnergiPanel, Sol-Air absorbs incident solar radiation and converts it into heat energy, warming air to be pumped through…
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UNILIN Structural Insulated Roof Panels provide developers and architects with highly efficient roof constructions that are fully complaint with all UK building regulations. Factory manufactured to exacting tolerances, UNILIN roof panels achieve BBA approval (No.…
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Building on the success of its pre-weathered PIGMENTO facade and roofing system colour range, VMZINC has launched PIGMENTO Brown. The ultimate colour selected achieved widespread endorsement from 350 architects who commented on 12 colour samples.…
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Dow Building Solutions - manufacturer of STYROFOAM-A and XENERGY extruded polystyrene (XPS) insulation - has become a member of the Passivhaus Trust in recognition of the role its products can play in Passivhaus construction. The…
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Roof lanterns can transform a dark area into one filled with natural light and ventilation. Roof lanterns often form the focal point of a hardwood orangery and are usually positioned to define a particular area…
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High quality balustrade systems from Q-railing have recently been specified for a private grand design. Facing challenges such as no fixing points, the company demonstrated ingenuity and successful collaboration with the project’s engineer. The initial…
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The Levato Mono paver system is the pinnacle of external raised flooring technology; enabling architects to specify lightweight, slip resistant and attractive raised flooring solutions, which combine incredible technical properties with uncompromised aesthetics, making them…
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At the heart of a good quality door installation are some basic principles – organisation, accuracy and cleanliness. Adrian Sunter of Safedoors gives some handy tips on how to get started and achieve a high…
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Traditional good looks go hand in hand with high-tech locking thanks to a new finger-pull doorplate exclusive to Apeer Doors. Designed to work with the Winkhaus AV2 Heritage multi-point locking system, the new Apeer escutcheon…
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Brio, the world-leading designer and manufacturer of sliding and folding door hardware solutions, is helping Input Joinery of Andover in Hampshire create its prestigious hardwood bi-folding door installations, including a highly specialist curved bi-folding door…
Tagged under   bifold doors    doors 
Leading, bespoke, oak-frame building design team Arboreta, has launched a new website, www.arboreta-oak.com, which showcases its handcrafted garden rooms, conservatories, orangeries, annexes and extensions. The updated website reflects the high quality behind Arboreta’s distinctive, oak-frame…
Tagged under   timberframe    conservatories    orangeries 
Lomax + Wood is the first manufacturer to pass the post in achieving a U-value of 1.1 W/m²K for the Kensington & Chelsea timber sliding sash window. This applies to both traditional weights and pulleys,…
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Successfully achieving the new, top energy efficiency rating, Reynaers Concept System windows scored a Window Energy Rating (WER) A+ from the British Fenestration Rating Council (BFRC). “Putting our systems through the BFRC rating programme clearly…
Tagged under   glazing    windows    energy efficiency    aluminium 
A new highly energy efficient, easy-to-clean fully reversible window is now available from leading profile manufacturer Profile 22. Ideal for both high and medium-rise applications, and for when space and access is restricted, the new…
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Converting a building means creating a livable space somewhere that was never intended to sustain it, which obviously has its positives and negatives. Whether you are converting a basement or barn, a conversion project offers…
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Adding space to a home via extension is one answer to increasing your living environment without needing to delve into the property market. Extensions can take a number of formats – contrasting or complementary, double-storey…
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Giving an existing building a whole new lease of life by transforming it into the home of your dreams is an exciting opportunity to let your imagination run wild. The key is finding the perfect…
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Simply put, a self-builder is someone who commissions a new home to be built that is tailored to suit personal design requirements, lifestyle and budget. 10% of all new homes built in the UK are…
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Few people are as interested in their heating systems as self-builders, who are determined to invest in the best and most energy-efficient products available. The market is full of surprisingly contemporary radiators available in a…
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The Thomas family struggled to find a property on the market that suited them, so decided to knock their existing home down and start again!
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Bryn and Pam Owen wanted to build a house of their own, but were restricted by an Area of Outstanding Beauty.
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Award-winning property development company McKinley Spaces has completed its latest residential project. Situated in Elvaston Mews, a prime location in South Kensington, an original 19th century terraced stable mews has been re-structured by McKinley Spaces,…
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Christine Wilkie is an award-winning garden designer whose inspirational design caters for gardens of all shapes, sizes and budgets. Christine speaks exclusively to i-build, sharing her top tips for creating idyllic gardens within limited spaces.
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Following countless challenges with their new log home, Russell and Janice Quinlan waited two years before turning its bare surroundings into a vision of serenity.
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Quality wood floors not only provide a wealth of options in terms of style; they also score in terms of sound eco-choice and performance, as well as providing a raft of healthy living benefits. In…
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For her last ever project, serial renovator Suzanne Noble has transformed a dated hovel – that once belonged to a great public icon – into a luxury London dwelling.
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Origin, the specialist manufacturer of bespoke aluminium folding sliding doors, has witnessed an 86% increase in bi-folding door sales over the last two years. Neil Ginger, CEO at Origin, gives his perspective on the trend,…
Tagged under   bifold doors    sliding doors    security 
Big ambitions to create the ultimate passive dream home took Chartered Building Surveyor Simon Kettle on a journey of fine research, renewable energy source breakthroughs and subsequently, his own architectural design company.
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Batts Hall is a super prime country house located on a green belt site in Warwickshire that takes inspiration from Arts and Crafts architecture. The inspirational self build reflects tradition at the same time as…
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A romantic ruin was the foundation for an inspirational country home that pays homage to its exquisite surroundings.
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Architects Catherine Roberts and Steven Harris had always wanted to put their professional ideas into practice and build their own dream home. Their brief was simple: ample space and high energy efficiency. For them, self-building…
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Buying a plot without residential planning permission is a risk, but buying a plot that has been previously refused planning permission no less than six times, including one at appeal, may be considered utter madness...
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Just because you’ve found an ideal plot in the perfect location, this doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the right place to build your dream home. Conduct careful research to ensure that your land doesn’t create any…
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