Here, Karndean Designflooring explains how you can bring a touch of the outdoors into your space; not only to create a harmonious and tranquil living area, but to also enhance your health and wellbeing.
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Sheds today are used for more than just garden storage. In fact, sheds are now more likely to have Wi-Fi access than a wheelbarrow, with many people using them for hobbies or work as opposed…
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Whether you are starting out on a renovation or extension, building a new home from the ground up, redecorating a room, installing a new bathroom or simply looking for inspiration, Grand Designs Live, which takes…
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100% Design, one of the UK’s longest-standing annual design events, returns for its 24th edition this year and is delighted to announce a shake-up to its core programming. New for this year is 100% Build…
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To help equip and upskill consumers’ intent on taking matters into their own hands when it comes to creating their dream home, the London Homebuilding & Renovating Show is returning to ExCeL from 21st to…
Tagged under   london    homebuilding    renovating    show 
While planning and budgeting for your self-build, you’ve probably had a good think about what you want it to look like, how it functions as a home and how it performs in terms of energy…
Tagged under   home    automation    functions    energy efficient 
If you’re confident with DIY, you may be able to fit your new bathroom into your self-build without any professional help. In this guide, Sanctuary Bathrooms takes you through the installation of a pedestal sink.
Tagged under   sanitaryware    sinks    bathroom    installation 
Blinds 2Go, one of the UK’s largest online window blind retailers, gives its top tips for picking the best blind for you.
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Where doors are concerned, there are so many off-the-shelf options available that it’s easy to overlook the potential that bespoke designs can deliver. But as Ian Chubb, Founder of luxury manufacturer Deuren, explains here, taking…
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In 2017, more timber cladding was specified in the UK than ever before. Here Richard Mosson, Group Project Manager for Lathams, looks at why timber cladding is on the rise and what advantages it offers.
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Here, Planning Portal discusses the key things to consider when planning a demolition in a conservation area.
Tagged under   conservation    area    demolition    considerations 
Whilst working in the Alps as a Ski Instructor and Mountain Guide, James Dealtry visited many of the luxurious chalets in the resort which blew him away. Their sheer beauty, and robustness, but also how…
Tagged under   selfsufficiency    renovation    barn 
When Worcester-based Architect Nick Carroll was approached to design a Passivhaus-inspired home that would be built on the very cliff face of the Malvern Hills, he knew it would be a once in a lifetime…
Tagged under   plot    cliffside    project    passivhaus    home 
As most property developers will know, fixing subsidence issues was historically considered both challenging and costly. This is why those involved in property development are careful when taking on a property that is showing the…
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VAT can be claimed back on a variety of features of a self-build or conversion project. Here Lisa Smith, Tax Manager at Whiting & Partners, explains more.
Tagged under   VAT    sel    build    property    conversion 
Utilising years of experience with high end residential glazing and glass, IQ Glass can combine their minimal aesthetics with ingenious glass technologies for enchanting and highly effective glass structures.
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Milbank Concrete Products, part of The Milbank Group, is one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of precast concrete products with a focus on exceptional customer service. For more than 70 years, Milbank have dedicated themselves…
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Whether you want to build on dry land, flood zone, water, or ‘in the air’ (on top of other structures), we’re ready to take on the challenge and deliver the solution.
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Mark Bartram is the Managing Director of Lawnmowers Direct, a leading UK supplier of lawnmowers, and believes that everyone can achieve a stunning lawn all year round, given the right equipment and expertise.
Tagged under   lawn    dry weather    watering 
Everyone knows that when building or renovating a house you want to make sure you choose the right products. There are so many options available that it can become quite hard to decide which system…
Tagged under   doors    bifold doors    glazing    windows 
Adding carpet, a stair runner or just a fresh lick of paint to your staircase can transform an old, worn and dull-looking walkway into the bright focal point of your hallway that your home deserves.…
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Finding and purchasing a renovation project fills many people with excitement and often this excitement can help to bag amazing opportunities, it can also lead to hasty decisions without proper thought. Emma Page, Owner of…
Tagged under   refurbishment    renovation    project    tips 
It isn’t exactly something that many of us pay attention to or think about that often, but the idea of putting cladding on your home should be a rather big consideration when designing your home…
Tagged under   roofing    cladding    insulation    build 
Cliff Fudge, Technical Director at H+H – one of the UK’s largest manufacturers of aircrete – explains what factors self-builders need to consider when it comes to deciding which materials to specify for their project.
Tagged under   material    selfbuild    bricks    blocks 
With the British summer this year proving to be more glorious than we could have ever hoped for, many people are now turning attentions to their gardens and outdoor living spaces. Our homes are a…
Tagged under   driveways    patios    drive    flooring 
Today the foundations of a building are required to provide the basis for constructing a ground floor that is, or can be, both well insulated and free of thermal bridging. The basic element for this…
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Wittering House is a stylish home built on a difficult infill site in Finsbury Park, north London. Contemporary in design, and providing a discreet intervention in a street of Victorian houses, the 829ft2 two-bedroom home…
Tagged under   self    build    wedding    business    london 
When a young family found themselves left wanting with the original lower ground floor of their home, which suffered from being dark, damp and completely under-utilised, they decided to add a glazed single-storey rear extension…
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New YouGov research has highlighted a lack of awareness surrounding Japanese knotweed which is putting UK homeowners at risk. Can you spot the unruly intruder when plot-searching for your dream site?
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Hard-pressed listed property owners have launched a national petition calling on the chancellor to reduce VAT on repairs and approved alterations to their homes.
Tagged under   historical    builds    VAT    rate 
New smart home solution VELUX ACTIVE with NETATMO compatible with Apple® HomeKit™ lets you control roof windows with your voice or at the touch of a button
Tagged under   roof    windows    living    technology 
Interphone, the leading security and building systems integrator, has teamed up with some of its key suppliers to showcase the latest developments in security products and technology available for the commercial residential and hotel sectors.…
Tagged under   security    systems    building    CCTV    cameras    technology 
Concord Tide by Sylvania - discreet, linear illumination of large wall surfaces.
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Visit for quality laminate, real wood, luxury vinyl and high gloss flooring - all available at affordable prices and with fast delivery.
Tagged under   flooring    surfaces    wood    vinyl    gloss 
‘Green Apple Award’ winning development utilises water supply boreholes to provide drinking water, grey water and heating via Open Loop Ground Source Heat Pumps.
Tagged under   heat pumps    ground    source    development    water    supply 
When it comes to picking a design for your home cinema many people may not know where to start. It may seem like a daunting task and the more research you do, the more options…
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Great lighting at the front of your self-build not only provides a warm welcome for guests, it is also a practical addition.
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In the last three or four decades, the way we live has changed dramatically. Here, Ray Murphey of Fold N Go discusses the important role bi-folding doors play in today’s self-build designs.
Tagged under   bifold doors    doors 
Tiles. We use them in bathrooms and we use them on floors. But have you ever used them as part of a piece of furniture?
Tagged under   table    tiles    concrete    garden 
When it comes to extending your home, you’ll face an array of choices. Brickwork? Glass? A bit of both? What should you avoid doing? The questions can become overwhelming. So, Apropos has put together a…
Tagged under   orangeries    conservatories    glazing    glass    extension 
Physical and visible deterrents give criminals the first indication that the owner of the property has an awareness around security and as a result the criminal will often move on elsewhere to look for somewhere…
Tagged under   security    boundary    lighting    outbuildings    doors    windows 
The British climate can throw a variety of types of weather at us from the Atlantic, sometimes bringing large amounts of rainfall. Many gardens in the UK suffer from poor drainage, so if your garden…
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With more people than ever before planning a new build or self-build, making sure you stay the right side of Building Regulations is vital if you want to avoid any potentially expensive and time-consuming problems…
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Having completed your dream home, painting and decorating is the final stage that really makes it feel like your own. Here Simon Tilbrook, Director at Fenwick & Tilbrook, gives his top tips on paint types…
Tagged under   paint    decorating    home 
Whilst working in the Alps as a Ski Instructor and Mountain Guide, James Dealtry visited many of the luxurious chalets in the resort which blew him away. Their sheer beauty, and robustness, but also how…
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When Mike Treherne and his partner Fiona decided to add a side return with a pitched roof and large skylight onto their Victorian terrace home, they created something beautiful. The new addition included a larger…
Tagged under   kitchen    contemporary    structural glass    window 
When it comes to decorating, choosing the right tools for each job can sometimes be a minefield.
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The UK has around 133 days of rainfall each year. We all largely moan about the rain, but we could use it to save a significant amount of water and money. It is for this…
Tagged under   rainwater    water    water management 
At the Right to Build Expo Exeter, the Right to Build Task Force announced that Teignbridge District Council and its GESP partners are to trial a new custom- and self-build evidence tool for planners.
Tagged under   selfbuild    planning    housing 
If you have a project requiring a traditional oak framed garage, you may want to consider the range of ‘Chippy’ kits offered by Round Wood of Mayfield.
Tagged under   oak    oak frame    timber    garage    wood    project 
Keep your kitchen and bathrooms newer for longer with a water softener. Whether your project is being built, renovated or you simply need to get rid of limescale; a water softener is a great addition…
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A beautiful development of 6 homes, which has been named the Best Small UK Development at the London Evening Standard New Homes Award, features Dale Joinery’s range of timber windows and doors throughout.
Tagged under   joinery    timber    windows    doors 
As basements are now being used as increased living space, how do you channel and maximise the available natural light in to these areas in a way that is creative, stylish and functional? The answer…
Tagged under   glass    basement    glass flooring    flooring    structural glass 
An ambitious project by a Wiltshire couple, wanting to convert an unused void beneath their ultra-modern home into a comfortable garden room, has included the installation of the Hydronic underfloor heating system from Gaia Climate…
Tagged under   underfloor    heating    garden    room 
The fundamental contributor to the success of your self build project is the project management approach that you adopt.
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Steel windows have remained an enduring element in both domestic and commercial buildings for centuries due to their slim sight-lines combined with rugged performance; yet they, like many building products, are subject to trends in…
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BLANCO UK has launched the Pendant range of island hoods in answer to today’s demands for the ultimate in kitchen focal points.
Tagged under   kitchen    hoods    island    copper 
A recent renovation project carried out on an early 19th century town house in London’s fashionable Holland Park area, has made use of the innovative new TorFloor RdB system, manufactured by underfloor heating specialist, OMNIE..
Tagged under   heating    flooring    renovated    house 
Milbank Concrete Products based in Essex are one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of precast concrete products with a focus on exceptional customer service. Throughout the design, manufacturing, delivery and installation stages, Milbank offer one…
Tagged under   flooring    concrete    products 
Specialist timber frame manufacturer, designer and supplier - Frame Technologies, has been awarded the highest possible accolade by the UK’s leading structural timber body. Under a new protocol, Frame Technologies has been the first timber…
Tagged under   timber    frame    technologies 
Water is a more precious resource than you may have thought in Britain. Although it appears we have an abundance due to our temperate, rainy climate, per capita London has less drinking water than Istanbul…
Tagged under   harvest    rainwater 
Whether you are trying to achieve a traditional, classical or contemporary style for your self-build garden, a water feature can add interest and intrigue. There are many varieties of water features available to suit all…
Tagged under   garden    water feature 
Walk-in wardrobes have plenty of appeal when it comes to stylish storage solutions. From the fashion-obsessed to craft lovers, a space that allows you to get a complete 360° view of your possessions is perfect…
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A long, winding drive and a lush leafy garden. Light and airy bedrooms and spacious kitchens. We all have a ‘shopping list’ of what our perfect home looks like and it’s a dream come true…
Tagged under   rooflight    skylights 
Long-since popular in the Nordic countries, timber frame construction is booming in the UK. A construction material at the forefront of evidence-led design, timber is sustainable, versatile and suitable for a wide variety of purposes.…
Tagged under   wood    timber frame    timber    outbuildings 
Endless design opportunities means that wooden floors continue to be a popular choice for residential projects in 2018. With trends developing fast, it’s important to think about which flooring trends may or may not work…
Tagged under   flooring    floors    wood 
Nestled in the heart of the Sussex countryside stands a 16th-century cottage, complete with 10 acres laden with hidden treasures. The soon-to-be-owners of the property fell in love with the cottage immediately, blown away by…
Tagged under   timber frame    timber    oak    office 
The dining table can often be a place which is most visited by the family – if you get it right. They are hubs of conversation, delicious celebrations, and most importantly, keep you all together…
Tagged under   table    furniture 
Neon lighting and decorative accessories are both nostalgic and now, evoking retro charm and appeal while also being ideal for modern interiors. This innovative form of tube lighting was first introduced at the Paris Motor…
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An elegant reading room has been created for retired couple David and Frances Turner in Belsize Park, north London. The extension is a smart and simple solution to create a reflective space within their home…
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When Melinda Swan bought her husband a subscription to a wine club as a Christmas present, she couldn’t have foreseen that his hobby would play such a big part in a major home refurbishment.
Tagged under   renovation    refurbishment 
Latest figures released by Hiscox’s Renovations and Extensions Report 2018 reveal that 14% of homeowners in the South East would prefer to renovate their property rather than relocate, with a fivefold national rise since 2013.…
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Ryan Abell, owner of Abell Building Services, describes when it can be more advantageous to use a small house-builder for custom house projects.
Tagged under   custom build 
The long-awaited reforms to the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) regulations have successfully passed through Parliament and came into effect on 22nd May 2018.
Tagged under   heating    hvac    regulations 
Award winning architecture and development company Design Storey have specified a Kährs ash wood floor design for their Cotswold property renovation project in Chipping Campden. The project, which appeared on Channel 4's Best Laid Plans,…
Tagged under   flooring    renovation 
A New Year often goes hand in hand with keen aspirations to do a little lifestyle revamp, new gym, new job or maybe a whole new living environment. With 2017 now a distant memory, Hanse…
Tagged under   selfbuild    interior design 
Traditional Joiners using modern machinery & techniques. Makers of Hardwood and Accoya™ Windows, Doors and Staircases.
Tagged under   staircase    door    window 
The National Self Build and Renovation Centre (NSBRC) will be celebrating National Custom and Self Build Week 2018, which is taking place between 7 to 13th May, by hosting the spring edition of its popular…
Tagged under   National    self    build    renovating    show 
Here Arboricultural Consultant, Mark Hinsley, guides i-build through the process of Tree Preservation Order consent.
Tagged under   tree    preservation    guide 
Taking care of your conservatory – be it a grand orangery or a contemporary space – is key if you want to enjoy it for many summers to come.
Tagged under   conservatory    secure    safety    stylish 
Are you happy with where you live but would like that bit more space? Extending your home could be the way forward. Here Architectural Designer at Studio SDA, Hayley Pearse, gives her advice on how…
Tagged under   extension    advice    self builds 
If you love grass but don’t want the mess, mud and maintenance that it brings; maybe you should consider artificial grass.
Tagged under   turfing    grass    artificial    tips 
Whether you’re working on a renovation project, or simply looking to spruce up an outdoor environment it’s likely that your hard landscaping products have been affected by the weather over the winter months. In this…
Tagged under   bricks    blocks    patio    secure 
From rediscovered classics to bolder colour contrasts, Neolith reveals the surface trends for self-builders in 2018.
Tagged under   kitchens    bedrooms    bathrooms    surfaces 
If you’re planning a self-build, renovating a property or looking to add light, space or value to your current home, then a trip to Build It Live will be an essential part of your preparation.
Tagged under   show    homebuilding    build it    live 
Neil Ginger, CEO at Origin, discusses why every self-builder should contemplate adding bi-folding doors to their project and looks at one couple who did just that.
Tagged under   doors    windows    bifolding    selfbuild 
As the population grows, there becomes more pressure to utilise potentially contaminated land for redevelopment for alternative uses, especially housing.
Tagged under   land    contaminated    developments    selfbuilders 
The Scottish Homebuilding & Renovating Show is returning to SEC Centre, Glasgow, from 16 to 17th June with practical advice, products and services to help consumers achieve their property ambitions.
Tagged under   scottish    homebuilding    renovating    show 
Hidden in the Scottish Highlands sits the Jill Strawbale House, an eco-friendly holiday home created by Robert and Justine Dunn. The building uses straw bales as its main form of insulation and exports five times…
Tagged under   scottish    ecofriendly    holiday    home 
Every year, tens of thousands of people set out to follow their dream and start their very own self-build project. Out of those tens of thousands, while some will chart a steady, successful course, many…
Tagged under   selfbuild    success    tips 
In 2012, Government removed the 0% VAT concession on approved alterations to listed buildings, adding additional financial strain to owners for any conservation or restoration bills. The cost of conserving their properties is already often…
Tagged under   VAT    claim    sucessful 
Design guru Kevin McCloud talks to i-build about all things self-build and provides you with his priceless knowledge and advice.
Tagged under   McCloud    Kevin    designs    grand    interview 
The app enables homeowners to design their own room, visualising the real effect of daylight, with 3600 view and virtual reality options.
Tagged under   daylight    virtual    app    design 
Architects – and TV shows! - talk about using large scale glazing “to let the outside connect with the inside” of a property, but one design professional has specified a high-performance, triple glazed composite screen…
Tagged under   rear    extension    double    doorsets 
The world-renowned Hayward Gallery is a contemporary art gallery within Southbank Centre in London.
Tagged under   gallery    southbank    london    restoration 
UK timber business BSW Timber is expanding on the success of its fencing and landscaping products by introducing a new range of eco-friendly composite decking in 2018.
Tagged under   decking    timber    season    fencing 
Schueco UK has launched a new version of its highly successful panoramic door system.
Tagged under   door    system    panoramic    frame 
There are many design elements to consider when creating your luxury swimming pool. Perhaps the most important aspect of pool design is selecting the shape.
Tagged under   swimming    pool    shape    self    build 
There are many considerations to address when sourcing materials for re-roofing a listed property or other historically significant buildings. It is usual to be specified to use a handmade clay tile. Here Tony Kindell, Managing…
Tagged under   tiles    materials    roofing 
Aristotle famously said that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Richard McLane, Design Director of Bisca, explains that where staircases are concerned, the opposite may be true.
Tagged under   specialist    budget    staircase 
Will Gough, Commercial Manager for Spaceslide, gives the inside track on how to easily section off part of your bedroom for your very own walk-in wardrobe.
Tagged under   walkin    wardrobe    build 
If you’re thinking about embarking on a self-build project outside the limits of the UK’s main urban areas, there’s a good chance you won’t have access to the mains sewage network.
Tagged under   water    management 
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