Reflecting the growth of the UK’s self-build mortgage market, the Mansfield Building Society has announced the launch of a new advanced stage payment mortgage product in partnership with self-build specialist, BuildStore Mortgage Services.
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Greater prefabrication offers more control over quality, productivity and predictability – making off-site construction a great choice for self-builders. Here Andrew Carpenter, Chief Executive of the Structural Timber Association, shares with i-build the reasons why…
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When the homeowners of a west London Edwardian semi-detached house sought to revitalise their home, they turned to Holloways of Ludlow to complete the extensive renovation. The renovation comprised a full refurbishment with ground floor…
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From simple organic pattern features to soft geometric abstracts, Lorna Williams – Head of Product Design and Creative Branding at Amtico – discusses the prevailing aesthetically-led, yet functional, trends and future innovations from the world…
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Situated in a heavily wooded site, ‘the Quest’ is a replacement self-build in Swanage, Dorset. Overlooking the picturesque Durlston Country Park, the sloping site – home to protected mature trees – played a key role…
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The project for the refurbishment of a charming circa 16th-century farmhouse situated on the crest of a marvellous hill in the heart of Siena’s Chianti region in Tuscany, Italy, overlooking vineyards and woodland was the…
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The Internet of Things (IoT) is not a new topic. In fact, it has been a discussion point for decades and the first smart appliance, a toaster, was actually connected to the internet back in…
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You have found the site or renovation project of your dreams and are keen to get started. The last thing you need are delays with processing your planning application. Here Sarah Chilcott, Managing Director at…
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The last 12 months have heralded the return of colour within interiors, with homeowners becoming increasingly confident in their decorating choices and embracing more dramatic, vivid hues. While the delicate neutrals and Scandi greys remain…
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In recent years, Schueco’s focus has been on designing highly insulated glazed systems where the framing becomes ever more minimal, allowing the area of uninterrupted glass to become proportionately larger and thus visually more impressive.
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The Grade II Listed building located in Manchester City Centre is being refurbished by Quadriga Contracts Ltd as part of the NOMA regeneration scheme to provide Grade A office space, retail and leisure facilities.
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Pocket doors are increasing in popularity in the UK but there are still quite a few people, builders included, who are not that familiar with pocket doors, and others who don’t realise how versatile they…
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Supremely versatile and eternally appealing, bespoke wooden window frames will add the wow factor to your new home.
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Imagine a world where every detail of your dream home comes to life around you. Where you can perfectly craft each and every aspect to your taste. Welcome to the WeberHaus World of Living.
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100% Design, one of the UK’s largest trade show for builders, architects and designers, returns to Olympia, London, in the burgeoning design district of West Kensington, from 20th to 23rd September.
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Grand Designs Live, proudly sponsored by Anglian Home Improvements, is set to return to Birmingham’s NEC from 11 to 15th October. This unique event promises to break down the conventional limitations to home-building and offers…
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Introduced in the 19th century as an ornamental plant, this species’ spread across the country has been astonishing. Now thought to be present in every 10km² of the UK, this plant is a common sight…
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Art – the right piece of carefully selected fine art – has the power to transform a house into a home, to add life and character to blank walls and empty inner spaces. But if…
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Here, experienced home extensions building expert, Ryan Abell – Director and Site Manager at Abell Building Services – shares his checklist for keeping track of a kitchen extension project from start to finish.
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In 2001, young Architect Nicolas Tye bought a barn conversion in Bedfordshire, then took 12 months out to renovate it. 16 years on, Nicolas Tye Architects (NTA) is a prosperous practice with 20 staff –…
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With building materials prices ever rising and constructors’ margins being squeezed, the quality and suitability of timber materials for self-build projects has never been more critical, writes Jim Coulson, Director at TFT Woodexperts.
Tagged under   structural    systems 
With its brands AXOR and hansgrohe, the Hansgrohe Group brings form and function to water with taps, showerheads and shower systems. Here, i-build reflects on the trendsetting themes that the brand sets for bathroom design.
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Here, Mrs Holst talks to i-build about the restoration of her home, an old powerhouse dating back to the 1900s, and explains why she opted for a rechargeable lithium-ion battery to power her restoration.
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Natural daylighting within bespoke homes is a common request from many self-builders. The inclusion of large expanses of glazing brings many beneficial elements for self-builders and home renovators; from reduced energy bills and enhanced wellbeing…
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When Paul Withey took on his fourth barn conversion project in the rural area of Attleborough, he thought he’d be restricted to an oil boiler for his four-bedroom barn’s heating and hot water. However, after…
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Derry and Susan Young have built a stunning five-bedroom property in the picturesque Scottish Highlands featuring a ground source heat pump and solar thermal to provide 100% of the property’s heating and hot water needs.
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If you’re planning a self-build, whether a first-timer or an experienced hand, you’ll need funding in place to drive your home-building project through its various stages, and the chances are that at least part of…
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The London Homebuilding & Renovating Show, proudly sponsored by Everest, returns to ExCeL, London, from the 22nd to 24th September.
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The Passivhaus standard is one of the fastest-growing energy standards in the world, and often dubbed the gold standard of energy efficiency and indoor comfort. There are currently over 65,000 Passivhaus buildings worldwide. Here, the…
Tagged under   selfbuild    community 
At the Selfbuild Bootcamp you will learn from the UK’s leading experts how to plan, finance, design and manage your own project, saving you time and money.
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ESSE has unveiled a stylish, new flueless gas fire design called 'the Oval'. This striking rounded design joins the more angular shapes that the company already offers, and ESSE believes it will be just as…
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British kitchen manufacturer Mereway has extended its market leading Town & Country collection with a new painted woodgrain kitchen, Bridgwater. This latest door builds on the popularity of the painted shaker door but has a…
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Indian Sandstone continues to increase in popularity with British homeowners; however issues can occur before, during and after installation.
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‘Eco’ or ‘sustainable’ homes have become popular in recent years. As many have become increasingly environmentally-minded and health conscious, and the cost of fuel in various forms as skyrocketed, there has been a growing desire…
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Quietly nestled in the peaceful grounds of a Grade II listed property in South Oxfordshire is this striking energy-efficient property, home to the Barrett family. As a new home builder himself, James Barrett recognised the…
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BSW Timber has just unveiled a brand new range of garden fence panels that has been introduced to complement its existing fencing components.
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When it comes to getting your outdoor spaces ready for the months ahead, whether you’ve got acres of lawn or just a small patch, there’s no excuse for not being well equipped.
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Here Dan Cook, Designer at luxury bathroom company C.P. Hart, explains how to achieve that spa-like feel in your self-build’s bathroom.
Tagged under   luxury    bathroom 
Whether you’re using render to revitalise tired walls, or to encapsulate that fresh finish – it needs to be cared for. Here, Dr Ross Savage, Head of R&D at K Rend, talks i-build through a…
Tagged under   render    waterproofing    walls 
A rise in self-build projects in rural parts of the UK has made finding the right wastewater treatment option for individual projects more important than ever before. Here Matthew Rolph, Managing Director at GRAF UK,…
Tagged under   water    management 
When Hazel Park, Lighting Designer at John Cullen Lighting, was approached to explore a lighting scheme for an architect’s London home, she knew the result would be extraordinary. Here, Hazel talks i-build through the outstanding…
Tagged under   lighting    skylights 
There’s a lot to be said for using locally-sourced natural stone when it comes to adding a touch of authentic class to a self-build project.
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Everyone has to start somewhere. As a reader of i-build, you are clearly an ambassador for the self-build industry and innovative approaches to building, but for some self-builders renewable technology like ground source heat pumps…
Tagged under   heating    renewable    technology 
Three stone ruins standing strong on a hillside located on the northern edge of Penryn, Cornwall, was all the inspiration that Dan Thompson required for the design and build of a sympathetic barn conversion.
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The idea of self-building one’s very own home is highly admired within the UK; with the idea of a dwelling suited to homeowners’ needs, inclusive of all amenities that have been tailored to personal specifications,…
Tagged under   garden    landscape 
Did you know it is vital that appropriate cover is obtained for listed homes as general insurance providers may only provide enough cover for a minimal ‘standard’ rebuild, leaving you to finance the shortfall should…
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A new market report, that is the largest of its kind, has revealed that the self- and custom-build industry is growing at a rate of 6.25% year on year, marking its third consecutive annual spike.…
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‘You pays your money and you takes your choice,’ an age-old adage, but never more true than today. Although it may be tempting to take shortcuts when having to buy a new piece of equipment,…
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Quietly nestled in the peaceful grounds of a Grade II listed property in South Oxfordshire is this striking energy-efficient property, home to the Barrett family.
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The kitchen remains the heart of any home but due to a cultural shift in lifestyle it is becoming more important that it is a multifunctional space. As such, many people opt for semi-glazed kitchen…
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Water softeners are becoming increasingly popular as more people understand the benefits of them in hard water areas. From a cleaner home to descaled pipes and appliances that result in cheaper bills, it’s no surprise…
Tagged under   water    plumbing 
Red Wharf Bay Sailing & Watersports Club is set in an area of outstanding beauty at Traeth Bychan on the Isle of Anglesey, North Wales. The member’s clubhouse has been sited here for over 50…
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Roof window manufacturer VELUX® has added three more sizes to its world’s first curved glass rooflight range.
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Polyurethane foam can be used as a high performing insulant in self-build projects to meet or exceed today's standards. When used for airtightness or stabilisation under the roof or within the cavity it outperforms most…
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Combination Bathroom Furniture from Hudson Reed offers a unique range of space saving storage solutions for the smaller bathroom. The range is designed to be flexible, so you can create the look you want that…
Tagged under   bathroom    furniture    storage 
With roads across the country getting busier and the lack of choice when it comes to building plots, many self-builders are having to face the fact that affordable property and building plots will sometimes come…
Tagged under   fencing    security 
Oak is an affordable luxury that adds vitality, warmth and ambience to any development. Few people can resist the charms of oak, but aesthetics aren’t the only reason to use it, says Kat Hamilton from…
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There is nothing quite like being able to touch and feel an appliance to determine its quality and find out more about its functionality and performance, says Luke Shipway, Product Manager at Caple.
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L-Ments, an innovative prefabricated roof system that enables the installation of a fully insulated pitched roof in a matter of hours, has been specified for an eco-house in one of Britain’s leading tourist spots.
Tagged under   roofing    insulation 
Jason Pledger started his career as a Junior Architectural Assistant at a practice in Truro, Cornwall, in 1991, and today holds the title Design Director at Laurence Associates. Here, i-build talks to Jason about his…
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James Gray and wife Claudia set out to transform 30 acres of farmland in north Essex into a unique timber home for the entire family. Energy efficiency was a key driver within their brief, so…
Tagged under   energy efficiency    insulation    barn    conversion    renovation 
John Nicholls has been designing and selling kitchens through its Banbury showroom for over 40 years, so the company understands that the kitchen is the heart of the home.
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The Maryville Passivhaus is a continuation of research by Joseph Thurrott Architects into the reinterpretation of Scottish rural vernacular buildings to meet modern, low-energy demands. The owners, Ian and Mary Sweetland, have had a far…
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A traditional Scottish village in Stirlingshire may not seem like the obvious location for a contemporary Passivhaus project. For chartered Architect, Mhairi Grant and her Architectural Designer partner, Martin McCrae, however, the development of their…
Tagged under   passivhaus    home 
If you are a self-builder about to undertake a project involving the conversion of a barn, you need to consider the cost of and difficulty in obtaining a building warranty (Latent Defect Insurance), says Rosita…
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If you’re looking for a self-build opportunity, securing a plot will be top of your list – but where should you start your search? BuildStore’s Raymond Connor investigates.
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Selecting furniture for any room within the home can be an exciting task, but it can also seem quite tricky as there are so many elements to consider. Here Zoe Hartridge, Senior Designer at New…
Tagged under   interior    furniture 
Building your dream forever home is an exciting prospect and one that the Potters looked forward to. WeberHaus helped them to design and build their stunning, post-retirement house on their own land, to suit their…
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Worktop specialist, Maxtop Quartz, continues a reign of customer satisfaction with a recent installation in a home bathroom renovation.
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Traditional wood flooring is becoming slightly less popular among homeowners. Those looking to achieve a distinctive design in their self-build are beginning to explore alternatives that offer a variety of unique benefits. One that proves…
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Self-builders and roof window installers across the UK and Ireland can claim rewards, redeemable at top brand retailers and restaurants, every time they buy any VELUX® roof windows, flat roof windows and sun tunnels in…
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Buying flooring isn’t perhaps the most exciting purchase but get it right and it will completely transform any interior.
Tagged under   flooring    surface    carpet    tiles 
Anthony Neary, Managing Director at safe.co.uk, advises on the best placement for security cameras.
Tagged under   exterior    security 
Here Niall Deiraniya, General Manager at DRU Fires UK, explains how to create an impressive contemporary fireplace without a chimney.
Tagged under   heating    fireplace 
If you are planning any sort of home renovation, extension or just updating your home, bi-fold doors can certainly add that touch of elegance and luxury. But, creating that wow factor and easy access to…
Tagged under   doors    conservatories    blinds 
Exclusively for i-build, Matt Nimmons, Managing Director of CEDIA EMEA, provides self-builders with the latest advice on how to install smart home installations that can stand the test of time and what elements need to…
Tagged under   smart    home    technology 
Stefan Weisshuhn, Architect and Head of WeberHaus UK – premium, prefabricated homes specialist – explains how the design and build of your own home should be future-proofed to remain perfect for you and your lifestyle…
Tagged under   home    planning 
After moving house in September 2015, Thomas Oliver and Erika Harris purchased a three-bedroom property in Oxford and planned to adapt the house for their growing family.
Tagged under   floors    walls    ceilings 
Speed and accuracy are crucial to a successful self-build project. When building to a strict budget and deadline, delays can be stressful, costly and can ultimately jeopardise completion. Sourcing and adopting appropriate materials and methods…
Tagged under   structural    timber    frame 
When those blustery winds of winter first kick in, it can be tempting to shut the door on your lawn only to return when spring blooms. Lawn care experts at Hayter, maker of the finest…
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When David Smith’s parents built within the grounds of their garden, David realised he had a similar opportunity on his hands.
Tagged under   garden    house 
Hindsight is a wonderful thing. Many of us look back and say “in hindsight, I would have done things differently”. However, few get the chance to rectify their mistakes. Luckily for second-time self-builder Henry Martin,…
Tagged under   home    energy efficiency 
If you want to own a unique and attractive property that suits your family’s needs and is worth more than you paid to construct it, then self-building could be ideal for you, says Rachel Pyne…
Tagged under   building    finance    project 
Self-build projects account for 7 to 10% of new housing in England each year (around 12,000 homes); a figure dwarfed by 80% in Austria and 60% in France. Barriers to self-build in England include; lack…
Tagged under   projects    planning 
The Southern Homebuilding & Renovating Show, proudly sponsored by Everest, returns to Sandown Park, Surrey, on the 1st and 2nd July 2017.
Tagged under   project    house    home    renovation 
tp24, innovators of LED lighting solutions have recently launched their unique G30 Abstract range of linear LED light fittings, which is a system based lighting solution offering advanced simplicity and design flexibility unlike any other.
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When choosing a garage door for your self-build project, there are several options and things to consider. To help you decide on what style is right for you, Mark Lester, training manager at the UK’s…
Tagged under   garage    doors 
Time-saving and flexibility have become imperative in today’s busy lifestyles. WeberHaus is a pioneer in pre-fabricated connected homes, and has the smart home solutions to make your home living as comfortable and relaxed as possible.…
Tagged under   technology    heating    blinds    lighting 
An oak framed swimming pool house is certainly a mark of luxury, but have you thought that it could be just the thing to create that wow factor for your property? Here are a few…
Tagged under   oak    frame    pool 
The exterior of this iconic building was suffering with high levels of damage, including salt ingress and excessive cracking to the render and brickwork.
Tagged under   building    repairs 
Cellecta, the UK’s leading manufacturer of Acoustic & Thermal Insulation have launched their latest product range to an ever-expanding Acoustic range with the introduction of RUBBERfon® ULTRATOP & IMPACT.
Tagged under   insulation    acoustics    thermal 
Outdoor kitchens are increasingly being seen in the design of high-end homes, both in the city on urban roof terraces as well as in the leafier parts of town.
Tagged under   exterior    garden 
Here Michelle Taylor, Product Manager for Myson, explains the benefits of opting for underfloor heating in a self-build project.
Tagged under   heating    flooring 
Yeoman Rainguard advises on choosing the right rainwater system for your self-build project.
Tagged under   guttering    roofing 
The Scottish Homebuilding & Renovating Show, proudly sponsored by Everest, returns to the SEC, Glasgow, from 20th to 21st May 2017.
Tagged under   renovation    extension    home    house    project 
Build It Live will take place from 10 to 11th June in Bicester, on the borders of Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Northamptonshire. The exhibition is being run in association with Graven Hill – the UK’s first…
Tagged under   plot    renovation    extension    selfbuild    conversion 
A new look in glass-walled balconies is coming this spring, with the release of a leading-edge system designed by Surrey balustrade specialist, Balconette.
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When choosing a garage door for a self-build project, there are several options to consider. To help you decide on what style is right for you, Mark Lester, Training Manager at one of the UK’s…
Tagged under   door    garage 
Sanjit Bahra, Founder of DesignPlusLight, is an award-winning lighting specialist with over 19 years’ experience in architectural lighting design. With a passion for lighting, Sanjit offers his view on why lighting your home is so…
Tagged under   lighting    home 
Ground investigation for foundation design is crucial to avoid potential future problems which may result from differential settlement in weak ground or soil shrinking and swelling due to tree root activity. Here environmental consultant, Soil…
Tagged under   foundations 
Research conducted by Wienerberger – a leading UK provider of building material solutions – has revealed that UK consumers are largely in the dark about solar power.
Tagged under   renewable technology 
Marzouk Al-Bader has always been passionate about architecture and design and it has been his lifelong dream to design and build his own home. Inspired by the landscape of his surroundings, Marzouk has created his…
Tagged under   home    selfbuild 
As an Architect, Michael Montgomery has always had the desire to design and build his own home, where each element could have a personalised touch. After inheriting a plot of land in Saintfield, Northern Ireland,…
Tagged under   plot    selfbuild    home 
The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is a planning charge introduced by the Planning Act 2008 as a tool for local authorities in England and Wales. Monies from CIL can help local authorities deliver infrastructure to…
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