After 25 years of living in their large Edwardian semi-detached property in Woking, Lynn Paynter, a Marketing Consultant and her husband David, an Artist and Poet, decided it was time to embark on their long-held,…
Tagged under   home    impressive    innovation    property 
When Marie Christine Hughes and her husband moved into their Victorian detached property in West Norwood 12 years ago, they knew they wanted to add an extension to make more room.
Tagged under   urban    sanctury    extension 
If you’re planning to build your own home, a traditional mortgage won’t be right for you, you’ll need a specialist self-build mortgage instead. Many of us dream of building our own home, but before you…
Tagged under   selfbuild    mortgage    specialist 
The fundamental contributor to the success of your self-build project is the project management approach that you adopt. The term self-build means so many different things to different people, as every self-builder has different motivations,…
Tagged under   project    management    guide    help 
Here Steve McSorley, Director at Thomasons, gives his advice from an engineer’s point of view.
Tagged under   engineer    tips    awareness 
Kensa Heat Pumps has added a new 17kW model to its multi award-winning Evo Series of ground source heat pumps.
Tagged under   heating    pump    awardwinning 
If you are seeking to transform your home in a simple yet wholly artistic way true to your tastes, then consider relighting your home with Lighting Sensations.
Tagged under   lighting    tips 
Darren Hook, Managing Director of The Porch Specialist, discusses how porches can instantly boost your home’s kerb appeal.
Tagged under   kerbs    property    doors    porch 
With an abundant choice of rainwater systems on the market there is certainly no problem in finding the right, aesthetically pleasing, products for your self-build project.
Tagged under   rainwater    system    project 
Those who are serious about food look for kitchen appliances that provide professional performance, artisan quality and iconic design. The kitchen is the concert hall of the home and the distinctive and iconic design of…
Tagged under   kitchen    appliances 
A kitchen island could be the finishing touch your self-build needs. Not only does it offer an extra surface for food preparation, it can also provide storage if you’re a bit tight on space, somewhere…
Tagged under   diy    kitchen    island 
Latest figures released by the National Custom & Self Build Association reveal that 33,000 people have already signed up to the Right to Build register since October 2017, which means that at least half of…
Tagged under   renovating    homebuilding    show 
An 1800s cottage and barn conversion in rural mid-Norfolk has swapped expensive electric fires for energy-efficient ground source heating from renewable heating expert, Finn Geotherm.
Tagged under   renewable    technologies 
As a self-builder, it’s likely that you will be looking for ways to save space, or make building as easy as possible while you undertake your project. An easy and convenient heating solution may be…
Tagged under   gas fire    cavity    wall 
The Ideal Home Show is back at Olympia, London, for spring. Taking place from 17th March to 2nd April, the UK’s biggest home event features more than 600 exhibitors under one roof.
Tagged under   ideal    home    show 
The owners of this house moved to Jersey when they retired, buying an impressive chateaux-style property with exceptional views across the splendid bay. The kitchen however, situated at the back of the house, was shut…
Tagged under   kitchens    bedrooms    bathrooms 
Internal partitions are an essential component of your building fabric but they are often overlooked in the excitement of picking kitchens, bathrooms and decorative finishes. However, the decisions made now about these crucial construction elements…
Tagged under   floors    walls    ceilings 
Small may be beautiful, but it isn’t always easy. In fact, creating a compact new-build to squeeze into a limited footprint in London, while meeting all regulations (and the high expectations of a design engineer…
Tagged under   compact    newbuild    london    regulations 
David Rodgers and his wife Elizabeth fancied an outdoor living style and self-building on an existing plot of land, while living in the on-site bungalow, offered them the opportunity to create a contemporary open-plan home…
Tagged under   plot of land    bungalow    contemporary    open plan 
A recent tax tribunal case highlighted the point of completion of a new-build project in relation to self-builder VAT claims. It noted that it is not necessarily the date on the Certificate of Completion which…
Tagged under   building    project    completion 
Although planning permission exists in order to protect the UK’s cherished villages, towns and cities, it can often be the cause of enormous frustration. Complete with an often thorny application process and uncertain outcomes, planning…
Tagged under   planning permission    applications    housing    process 
Lot 20 is a new Ecodesign legislation which came into effect on 1st January 2018. It mandates that all electric space heaters and electric radiators comply with a set of minimum efficiency guidelines, and use…
Tagged under   electric heat    heaters    radiators 
Cedral has been creating timelessly beautiful facades in the UK for over 15 years, offering self-builders and homeowners the opportunity to add the perfect finishing touch to the exterior of their new build or existing…
Tagged under   facade    exterior 
Built in 1938 and protected by Concrete Blast Walls, Bawdsey Radar Station was the world’s first operational radar station. The walls had decayed steadily since the building was vacated in 1991, leaving the top layer…
Tagged under   concrete    renovation 
Some 180 Marmox Thermoblocks have been supplied to a regional builder for the construction of a high specification home near Harrogate, with their unique combination of insulating and load-carrying properties being used to tackle cold…
Tagged under   Thermoblock    construction    building 
The UK’s leading door manufacturer, Hörmann has a busy year ahead as the company plans a number of events, including its return to the Homebuilding & Renovating show. Following the success of last year’s show,…
Tagged under   doors    timber    homebuilding    show 
Leading windows and doors manufacturer, Black Millwork has announced the release of a new range of aluminium windows in a move that reaffirms the company’s commitment to an ever-growing product offering.
Tagged under   aluminium    windows 
Hot tubs have become an extremely popular choice for people looking to create the dream garden. Here, BISHTA offers advice to help make a safe hot tub purchase.
Tagged under   exterior    hot    tubs 
How you dress your windows will have a huge effect on the overall look and feel of your home. After working hard to design and build your perfect space, you’ll want to ensure that the…
Tagged under   curtains    windows 
Over 13,000 of us complete a self-build project every year in the UK. But, out of those 13,000 people, only a fraction have a real, tangible experience of building a home from scratch.
Tagged under   premanufactured    homes 
Here Marc Curtis, of UK-based Living Unplugged, a team passionate about helping people develop healthier relationships with digital technology and reconnecting them with the world through mindfulness, talks i-build through how he built a panel…
Tagged under   diy    sheds 
ecobuild is returning to the ExCeL, London, from 6 to 8th March and, under the new ownership of Futurebuild Events, things are set to be very different. The event is being designed and built around…
Tagged under   preview    ecobuild 
The Listed Property Show, organised by The Listed Property Owners’ Club, is back at Olympia, London, for the twelfth year from 24 to 25th February 2018.
Tagged under   listed    property    show    preview 
Tom and Nicola Webb’s second self-build project provided the perfect opportunity for a new timber frame family home in rural Herefordshire.
Tagged under   timber    frame    family    home 
Amanda Green, Marketing Manager at SIGnature Clay Tiles, discusses why you should consider clay tiles for the roof of your self-build.
Tagged under   roofing    cladding    insulation 
Safety and security are key considerations when building your own home, says Secured by Design (SBD), the national police crime prevention initiative, which works closely with police forces around the country.
Tagged under   security    safety 
Angela Linforth, Director at Titchmarsh & Goodwin, discusses how to achieve a timeless look when selecting furniture for your brand-new self-built home.
Tagged under   furniture    home accessories 
Little did Nic Downs and Carolyn Merrifield realise that when they saw a garden plot for sale down a cul-de-sac in leafy Cyncoed, Cardiff, that it would change the direction of their lives.
Tagged under   garden    plot    selfbuild 
It was Terry and Mickey’s dream to build a home on land they owned behind their house near Greenwich in South East London, so when they saw an episode of Grand Designs featuring a Facit…
Tagged under   urban sanctuary    home    grand designs 
Having worked in the construction industry for 15 years, John Scarff had been involved with a number of self-build projects and had always longed to complete a build of his own, though the time was…
Tagged under   construction    selfbuild 
The recent changes made to the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) may be mind-boggling for many self-builders looking to benefit from the Government's Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI). Here, Kensa Heat Pumps demystifies the recent changes to…
Tagged under   Kensa Heat Pump    ground source    project 
Wouldn’t it be great if we could all predict the future? Especially for self-builders in the planning stages of their new home, how great would it be to anticipate the future and design a home…
Tagged under   future    proofing 
Sintesi by Falmec: a holistic cooking solution for the modern kitchen.
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Multi award-winning, leading appliance specialist Caple’s stunning, new, updated appliance brochure is now available. Beautifully designed to provide the perfect platform to showcase its three comprehensive collections, this informative catalogue is packed with Caple’s latest…
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With its durability, rich colour options and low maintenance requirements, designers and landscapers are recognising the benefits of composite decking for commercial and residential projects.
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At Warm The Sole, we have a myriad of solutions to ensure you are in complete comfort in your own home. We also have an iqueue of boffins who can listen to your requests and…
Tagged under   heating    home    underfloor heating 
Our lighting is designed to not only illuminate, but enhance the atmosphere of any environment. With access to a wide range of European and British lights, the company provide the best lighting facilities, aiming to…
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Blue Forest was delighted when it was asked to design and build a fairy-tale tree house in a quintessentially English country garden.
Tagged under   exterior    treehouse    garden 
A high-specification self-build home, located in a Suffolk village, uses one of the underfloor heating options available from Gaia to provide warmth within all of its ground floor accommodation: offering excellent levels of energy efficiency…
Tagged under   underfloor    heating 
Roof windows bring in more natural daylight that can transform a loft area into a new bright, fresh living space. Here, VELUX offers its top 10 tips on selecting roof windows for your loft conversion.
Tagged under   loft    conversion 
A deck is the perfect way to extend your living area to the outdoors – creating what is essentially an open-air extension.
Tagged under   decking    diy 
Here UK-leading architectural glazing specialist, IQ Glass, advises on glazing specification for that sought-after all-glass aesthetic.
Tagged under   doors    windows 
The National Self Build and Renovation Show returns this month for a packed three days of live demonstrations, free seminars and an unrivalled line up of experts on hand to share their advice. It’s a…
Tagged under   self build 
Mr and Mrs Lawson were looking to create a home from home in their London mews property. Having worked with them previously on their country house in Devon, John Cullen Lighting was familiar with their…
Tagged under   lighting    electricals 
Nestled on a Perthshire hillside is something quite special; Caorann – an ultra-energy-efficient contemporary self-build which stands out for its unique, sophisticated design and innovation. It’s not only beautiful, but smart, built to follow ‘Active…
Tagged under   energy efficient    contemporary    selfbuild 
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   buildit    live    advice 
Ryan Abell, owner of building company Abell Building Services, describes how working in a range of building trades has helped him to instantly recognise a house-builder that is great to work with. In this article,…
Tagged under   building    trade 
Comfort is fundamental to the purpose of a building. So why do we find it so hard to ensure our buildings are actually comfortable? Why does our ‘world-class’ architecture still fail to provide comfortable buildings…
Tagged under   passivhaus 
With decorators, self-builders and renovators facing increasing time pressures, finishing a job on time has never been so important. At Dulux Trade, we dedicate a huge amount of time to understanding appliers and specifiers’ real…
Tagged under   paints    coatings 
A property purchase is most likely the biggest investment you’ll ever make, and when that property is listed you need to take extra care to ensure that it is properly insured. Here, The Listed Property…
Tagged under   housing    insurance 
Designed specifically to protect and preserve internal veneer doors, Osmo Door-Oil is easy to use and gives a professional touch to doors, ensuring a high quality, tough and durable finish.
Tagged under   doors    finish    wood 
The latest Makita 2 piece DLX2221J kit features two powerful 18v Brushless motor machines: the DHP483 combi drill and the DTD155 impact driver. Both machines are the same compact size as the equivalent 10.8v models…
Tagged under   motor    machines    drill 
Historic England recently released figures showing that the number of conservation officers in local authorities has fallen for yet another year. It’s been on a decline for many years, falling 36% since 2006.
Tagged under   listed    property    show 
The pro clima ‘INTELLO’ airtight system supplied in the UK by Ecological Building Systems has been certified as a Passivhaus component to the highest phA component standard following the best airtightness test results ever achieved…
Tagged under   airtightness    tests 
Price can be a sticking point for many end-users before taking the plunge to buy a FEIN power tool, especially after having used competitor machines for months or years beforehand. JP Schoonbrood, owner of an…
Tagged under   power    tools 
Whether you’re transforming the aesthetics of a run-down period property or self-building a contemporary majestic design of your own, each and every project deserves a well-designed lighting scheme.
Tagged under   outdoor    lighting 
Beginning a self-build project that would result in becoming neighbours, Roger and Angie Stretton alongside Martin and Sarah Smith embarked on a project to create two modern, energy-efficient family homes. Seeking reliable, high-quality ironmongery and…
Tagged under   ironmongery    interiors    doorsets 
With a roof making up 40% of a home’s overall design, selecting the right tile can have a huge impact on a project. Here, leading roofing manufacturer, Russell Roof Tiles, provides its top 10 tips…
Tagged under   roofs    tiles    roofing 
When Perry and Christina Vann purchased an agricultural property in north-west England, they had grand plans to bring the building back to life, with all the latest mod cons. With panoramic pastoral views of rolling…
Tagged under   conservatories    extensions    folding doors 
Imperial Bricks has supplied its handmade bricks for a unique self-build barn-style family home in Canon Pyon, Herefordshire. The village is in a rural setting and any new development had to be sympathetic with its…
Tagged under   bricks    blocks    barn    style 
Did you know about the legislation surrounding septic tanks that are causing costly problems for home-builders, developers and owners? No? According to Richard Leigh, Group Development Director at Lanes for Drains, you’re not alone.
Tagged under   water    management 
This striking energy-efficient home is quietly nestled in the peaceful grounds of a Grade II Listed property in South Oxfordshire. A small stream curls around the front of the property, giving it a sense of…
Tagged under   home    automation 
Villa Geef is one of Damilano Studio Architects’ most recent residential projects. Nestled in the charming town of Sondrio, Italy, this exquisite build replaces an area that was once used as a break-out space for…
Tagged under   Villa    furnishings 
Having previously tackled an extension on Jeremy and Hannah Witt’s Victorian semi-detached home, Architect David Nossiter was delighted when the pair informed him of their next venture.
Tagged under   barn    extension 
Here Steve Mansour, Chief Executive Officer at CRL, gives self-builders, home renovators and new-build homeowners an insight into the longevity of the average new-build home.
Tagged under   newbuild    home    longevity 
The contaminated land regime in the UK is set out in a number of documents which outline a framework – or process flow, if you like. Much like assessing a risk in health and safety,…
Tagged under   planning    application 
Architect and TV Presenter George Clarke knows a thing or two about the quirks of styling all kinds of period properties; from Victorian and Mid-Century to cutting-edge and contemporary. With this in mind, Hillarys, a…
Tagged under   doors    windows 
The advance of autumn invariably means shorter days and longer nights – but in bathroom terms at least, there are still plenty of ways to see the light. Leading bathroom specialist Roper Rhodes offers an…
Tagged under   bathroom    lighting 
When you are choosing a pocket door solution remember that not all pocket doors are the same. You want to make sure that it will be easy to install, has a professional finish and will…
Tagged under   interior    sliding    doors 
Choosing the right garage door for your self-build or renovation project is one of the most important decisions you can make. Whether you are going to use it as a place to store your car…
Tagged under   doors    garage 
Remmers Epoxy OS Color New is a coloured Epoxy Self Smoothing resin system suitable for industrial and commercial applications. Its high mechanical strength coupled with excellent chemical resistance makes it ideal for industrial environments whilst…
Tagged under   resin    flooring 
The property based in Chelsfield, Orpington was having a kitchen-diner refurbishment and extension in a modern contemporary design. Dickens Developments – the contractor on site contacted ARP’s Area Sales Manager – David Capel, as they…
Tagged under   fascia    soffit    extension 
Buying flooring isn’t perhaps the most exciting purchase but get it right and it will completely transform any interior.
Tagged under   interior    flooring 
Fire pits are more than just beautiful features for gardens and landscapes, they are also vehicles for bringing people together. Here, modern fire pit designer and manufacturer, Paloform, explains what these heat-generating features can bring…
Tagged under   outdoor    heating 
World-leading provider of sanitary fittings, GROHE, explains the importance of the design of a showerhead and how best to future-proof your shower room.
Tagged under   showers    wetrooms    interiors 
The re-emergence of ‘multi-generational’ living is one of the most significant growing trends in the UK, seeing a 46% increase in the last decade. With the staggering rise in house prices leading to ‘generation rent’,…
Tagged under   prefabricated    homes 
In January 2013, David Cameron, the then Conservative Prime Minister, under great pressure from various sides promised a referendum on whether the UK would stay in the European Union or leave. Fearful of not getting…
Tagged under   garages    outbuildings    EU 
In the world of self-build, one of the challenges of selecting and specifying building materials is the sheer number of products on offer. A higher specification more often than not equates to a higher price…
Tagged under   landscaping    drainage 
The South West Homebuilding & Renovating Show, proudly sponsored by Everest, returns to Bath & West Showground, from 18 to 19th November.
Tagged under   homebuilding    renovating    show 
Ensuring you have the correct ventilation for your property and lifestyle, whilst ensuring you meet Building Regulations, can appear daunting, says Callum Graham, Self-Build Estimator at Nuaire.
Tagged under   heating    ventilation 
The clever use of Catnic’s SSR2 standing seam roofing and cladding system has created a stunning roof finish for a contemporary new-build extension in rural West Lothian.
Tagged under   roofing    cladding    insulation    extension 
Basement conversions are a great way to add space to properties where outdoor space for extensions is limited. This is the procedure that Simon Cassidy opted for when he sought to create extra living space…
Tagged under   smart    scale    basement    conversion 
Robert Griffiths and his wife Hilary had been living within their eight-acre development in the idyllic village Ashford-in-the-Water for nine years before they decided to restore the 1000-year-old corn mill sited on the estate.
Tagged under   development 
New YouGov research suggests a high level of anxiety around Japanese knotweed and alarming levels of misinformation.
Tagged under   japanese    knotweed    plant 
Two months after acquiring planning permission for a three-bedroom detached premanufactured home, 23-year-old Holly Thomson reached out to i-build to discuss the challenging process she underwent when obtaining consent for her build.
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Your self-build home is finally complete, but now you face the arduous task of moving in. Adam Jones, Business Development Director at ArrowXL – a UK-leading two-man home delivery expert – shares his top tips…
Tagged under   furniture    home    accessories 
Alex Hancock, Director at Wooden Windows, a newly launched specialist company, gives his expert advice on wooden vs uPVC and which windows are right for the property you are developing.
Tagged under   windows 
VELUX® has launched a new campaign aimed at educating homeowners on the benefits of replacing their old roof windows with VELUX roof windows to help them realise the potential of their homes.
Tagged under   windows    roof windows 
Following the recent introduction of government ‘Part Q’ security standards, Accsys Technologies has produced a global security assessment for door and window designs manufactured using Accoya wood.
Tagged under   windows    doors    security 
With flames almost indistinguishable from those of a real woodburning fire, the Gazco Reflex 75T boasts designs to suit both traditional and contemporary home styling.
Tagged under   fire    heating 
The new Syntesis® Flush Collection from Eclisse is a range of architrave free pocket door systems, concealed frame hinged door systems and an ingenious skirting board adaptor that allows your skirting to be flush with…
Tagged under   doors    interior 
With the trend for sustainable living reaching an all-time high, more of us are switching onto the benefits of growing our own produce and, as a result, many are taking the allotmenteering route.
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