With 2016 already feeling like a distant memory, Hanse Haus’ Head of UK Sales, Oliver Grimshaw, takes a closer look at what’s in store for custom and self-builders in 2017.
Tagged under   prefab    selfbuild 
Underfloor heating has never been more affordable and unlike bulky radiators it is completely hidden from sight and more energy efficient, giving you the space to create luxurious heat without compromising interior design.
Tagged under   heating    flooring 
Elmley National Nature Reserve is owned and managed by a farming family and is unique as the only National Nature Reserve farmer owned and managed by a farming family.
Tagged under   energy 
Buying flooring isn't perhaps the most exciting purchase but get it right and it will completely transform any interior.
Tagged under   flooring    interior 
We are very excited to launch our new handle website which offers door jewellery for the contemporary home.
Tagged under   home    doors    accessories 
Self-builders put a lot of effort into securing their homes, but many forget to offer equal attention to outbuildings and sheds. Here, The Master Locksmith Association sheds light on garden security.
Tagged under   secure    gardens 
Tracy Alder and Andrew Laidler purchased a 16th century farmhouse in rural Northumberland with a view to carry out a complete renovation project and create a beautiful home for themselves and their 10-year-old son.
Tagged under   project    renovation 
Choosing to build with oak is usually a matter of taste. We love it for its strength, raw beauty and warmth. There simply is nothing like a traditionally-designed oak framed house. If building your dream…
Tagged under   design    oak 
Grand Designs Live, proudly sponsored by Anglian Home Improvements, is returning to London’s ExCeL from 29th April to 7th May 2017.
Tagged under   home    design    home improvement 
When specifying smart home technology, there are many variables to consider. Even the most tech-savvy self-builder can miss opportunities or make potentially costly mistakes if they are not aware of the possible pitfalls.
Tagged under   home automation    technology 
Forest of Dean Stone Firms has supplied a range of architectural and landscaping features for a private residence in the Wye Valley. The three-storey, Georgian house is now complemented by an orangery, portico and formal…
Tagged under   drainage    landscaping 
The self-build market is increasingly turning to underfloor heating (UFH) over alternative radiator solutions. However, the practicalities of incorporating UFH systems into a self-build design project depend on several considerations. In this feature, Nigel Sanger,…
Tagged under   heating    ventiliation    flooring 
According to Helen Shaw, Marketing Manager at Roper Rhodes, good planning is key when it comes to designing the bathroom for any style of property.
Tagged under   sanitaryware    bathroom 
Crown Colour Specialist Kathryn Lloyd, a member of the Colour Influences Panel, passes on her knowledge and passion for colour to help you decide on the best scheme for each room in your home, referencing…
Tagged under   colour    paint    interior 
As former owner of the white iconic Mini Cooper S from classic heist movie The Italian Job, the last place you’d expect Bramley-based Electrical Engineer Mike Dodsworth to be living is a former police station.
Tagged under   house    home 
When a north London family required an extensive redevelopment for their Edwardian detached home, they called on the help of Robert Hirschfield Architects to dramatically reorder the rooms and create a rear extension to meet…
Tagged under   redevelopment    architects    house 
There are a number of considerations to take into account before undertaking piling work, but it’s also important to realise that it could have an impact on your self-build insurance. Andrew Reardon, Senior Selfbuild Account…
Tagged under   insurance 
Architect and first-time self-builder, Damon Ball, has created a picturesque new home in the Vale of White Horse. Here, we uncover the ins and outs of how he budgeted and financed the development.
Tagged under   finance    budget 
Grand Designs Live, proudly sponsored by Anglian Home Improvements, is set to return to London ExCeL from 29 April – 7 May 2017. This unique event promises to break down the conventional limitations to home-building…
Tagged under   home    house 
CRL is working with Bellis Homes on the conversion of a Grade II listed former convent into 11 luxury apartments and detached house in North Barnet.
Tagged under   restoration    home    house    conversion 
Underfloor heating and smart controller specialist, Warmup will be exhibiting at the ISH 2017 – the world’s biggest showcase for innovative bathroom design and energy efficient heating. Taking place in Frankfurt, Germany from 14th -…
Tagged under   heating    flooring 
With the winter residing, spring and summer around the corner it will soon be time to throw off the scarfs and get outside with a nice glass of wine after work.
Tagged under   exterior    roof    outdoor living 
Last month saw the completion of the new oak framed gallery at Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens - the biggest purpose built art gallery in Cornwall since Tate St Ives.
Tagged under   oak frame    structural    art gallery 
There was plenty of hype about composite decking last year, with everyone from timber merchants, design magazines and radio presenters waxing lyrical about the growing trend to hit the UK decking market but what actually…
Tagged under   decking    garden 
The New Matki Hinge Panel. For Matki Wet Room Panels and retrofittable on any 8mm Wet Room Panel.
Tagged under   wetroom 
Solarlux, the world’s leading manufacturer of bi-folding doors with experience at the cutting edge of glazing innovation and design, is about to R.evolutionise the industry.
Tagged under   cost    low    doors    garage 
With the cost of energy rising and utility bills increasing, trying to reduce heat loss in homes across the UK has become more important than ever. Architects and specifiers are continuously looking for new products…
Tagged under   garage    doors    low    cost 
Whether at home or in the office, we spend a lot of time indoors and emissions from construction materials, paints or solvents can all negatively affect our health. So why not open your door to…
Tagged under   healthy living    homes    materials 
The National Homebuilding & Renovating Show, proudly sponsored by Everest, returns to the NEC, Birmingham, from 23rd to 26th March 2017.
Tagged under   self build    show 
Clear Water Revival explains the ins and outs of swimming ponds and swimming pools.
Tagged under   swimming pools    maintenance 
Jess Piddock, in-house Interior Designer at Domus, offers her top tips on tile trends for your self-build.
Tagged under   floor    wall    tiles 
Once, conservatories had a bad reputation. They were the tacky white boxes that stifled you in summer, froze in winter and were a constant headache to keep clean and maintain. Not so in 2017, says…
Tagged under   self build    renovation 
The Ideal Home Show, sponsored by Zoopla, is returning to London’s Olympia from 24th March to 9th April 2017 with a fresh face, new interactive features and four brand-new live theatres.
Tagged under   exhibition    show 
Andrew Wood, Managing Director of Andrew Wood Associates – a fresh-thinking architecture practice based in London – talks tenacity, timber frame and trends.
Tagged under   architects    timber 
A young, professional couple wanted to renovate and reconfigure their Victorian one-bedroom garden flat in Herne Hill, London. The couple appointed nimtim architects to create something beautiful as well as practical.
Tagged under   renovation 
Whether it is social or private housing, commercial properties or a self-build project, one of the continuing challenges in the construction industry is roofing defects. Here Russell Roof Tiles, one of the UK’s leading roof…
Tagged under   roofing    tiles 
We know that when it comes to building our own homes, there are a million and one considerations on the planning and construction side of things, but what about the security? Here Anthony Neary from…
Tagged under   security    homes 
Charlotte Bird, self-build expert at Buildworks by Jewson, offers her advice on the top tools self-builders should have at their disposal – from absolute necessities to the best multi-purpose tool which no builder should be…
Tagged under   tools 
In search of something different, Steph and Hugh Craigie utilised their industry experience to navigate their way through planning restrictions and conceptualise a contemporary family home in Aberdeen.
Tagged under   planning permission    home    selfbuild 
As experienced self-builders, Richard and Jo Collings had high standards for their final project – a four-bedroomed, energy-efficient house in a conservation area within rural Warwickshire.
Tagged under   energy efficient    project 
As a homeowner undertaking project works, insurance is probably the last thing on your mind, but making sure you have the right cover in place is absolutely vital. Andrew Boldt, Managing Director of Insurance Tailors,…
Tagged under   home insurance 
If you want to create your own bespoke home, custom-building could be for you, and the UK has a wealth of interesting new developments, says Tom Connor from Custom Build Homes.
Tagged under   custom build 
Malcolm Gough, Group Sales and Marketing Director at Natural Paving Products (UK), explains how to make the most of your outdoor space.
Tagged under   landscaping    paving    garden 
Glasgow-based Natasha Marshall is a leading Textile Designer. Her design studio is best known for its contemporary graphic designs for fabrics and wallpapers, showcasing the best of British design and manufacturing. Here, she gives her…
Tagged under   fabric    home    wallpaper    curtains 
With an abundance of skylight options available on the market, it may be proving difficult for some self-builders to select the correct one for their self-build. Here Steve Bromberg, General Manager at Express Bi-Folding Doors,…
Tagged under   rooflights    glazing    windows 
Here Mark Dando, Specialist Rep for Timber and Timber Panel Products at Ridgeons Merchants, discusses the rise in popularity and benefits of timber frame construction.
Tagged under   timber frame    sustainability 
Discover all you need to know about building your own dream home with a visit to Build It Live.
Tagged under   home 
Ecobuild returns in March with an overarching theme of regeneration, which will be brought to life through an immersive exhibition and conference programme that will redefine sustainability, identify future growth sectors and tackle the housing…
Tagged under   regeneration 
With the largest residential database in the world and a vibrant community empowered by technology, Houzz is leading the way as a platform for home renovation and design. Here, it reveals the findings from its…
Tagged under   renovation 
This article guides you through the suitability of different floor materials whether it is wood, vinyl, tiles or carpet for underfloor heating and their impact on the heat-up time and heat output of the system.
Tagged under   flooring    heating 
Water source heat pump systems are becoming increasingly popular, but one lesser-known water source application is open loop systems. Open loop collectors take the form of two separate straight pipe collectors. These designs abstract and…
Tagged under   water management 
A VAT refund scheme allows DIY house-builders and people converting non-residential buildings into dwellings to reclaim VAT incurred on construction or conversion costs. This scheme is only available when the building will be used for…
Tagged under   finance 
When in search of a comfortable, healthy, bespoke and energy-efficient home, Aberdeenshire couple Vic Kirwan and Teresa Green felt that a self-build was going to be the best way to achieve their criteria.
Tagged under   self build    sustainable    planning    conversion    plot 
As the owner of home technology company, Clever Association, Richard Jones knows all too well the increasing trend towards ‘smart’ living. Therefore, when Richard was faced with the opportunity to renovate a tired Victorian property,…
Tagged under   self build    refurbishment 
If you are an owner of a listed property or are thinking of buying one, you might have a number of questions but are unsure who to ask or where to turn for advice. Here,…
Tagged under   conservation    planning 
If you want a trouble-free route to creating your own bespoke home, follow these essential tips to ensure success, says BuildStore’s Rachel Pyne.
Tagged under   selfbuild 
Multi-Tight 2K is a new, flexible, mineral based waterproofing product which has all the performance properties of older technology polymer-modified thick bitumen emulsions, whilst being “bitumen free”.
Tagged under   waterproofing 
A timber frame manufacturer, serving both the self-build and wider development sectors, includes high performance Magply boards within its standard details and brochures, to ensure its customers can be offered fail-safe fire resistance wherever the…
Tagged under   timber    frame 
Thanks to an evolutionary new heat pump launched this January, self-builders and renovators are now able to enjoy the benefits of ground source heat pumps with added 15% efficiency improvements, which translates to quicker payback…
Tagged under   heat    pump 
Architectural glazing specialists DWL have done it all – they’ve made and installed sensational doors, windows and conservatories for everything from the edgiest of new-builds to the most traditional historic properties. But what if you…
Tagged under   doors    windows    conservatories 
The project was to expansively extend and refurbish an existing property in Hurst Green, Brightlingsea. The scheme was challenging and Specialised Fixings called on the expertise of ARP to offer their skills and experience to…
Tagged under   refurbishment 
The company, which I established following the success of Westbury Garden Rooms, has seen steady growth over the last two decades, and the appointment of window industry guru, John Mumford, as co-Director in 2012 has…
Tagged under   windows    doors 
The National Self Build & Renovation Centre is the UK’s only permanent visitor centre for self & custom home-builders and renovators. A unique and inspiring resource, it is designed to provide you with the knowledge…
Tagged under   selfbuild    renovation    project 
Completing a planning application for a self-build can feel like taking a trip into the vast unknown and is often approached with a certain degree of trepidation. It’s no surprise, as very few are likely…
Tagged under   planning 
This year, Build It Live will take place at the Kent Event Centre, part of Kent Showground, from 4 to 5th February. Due to the growth of the popular exhibition, it has moved to a…
Tagged under   selfbuild    project    home 
Here, we offer advice and inspiration to those of you who might like to consider a water feature or fountain as part of your exterior landscaping.
Tagged under   site    garden    landscaping 
Nick Bligh, Group Technical Manager at JELD-WEN, comments on which stair trends will be big for 2017.
Tagged under   staircases    lighting 
Timber cladding has long been a popular choice among people seeking to create a traditional look on the exterior of their home, but wood offers a range of benefits that go beyond aesthetics. Howarth Timber…
Tagged under   timber cladding    guidance 
Conservatories make great additions to most houses, giving extra room for entertaining, playing, or relaxing in, however they’re often expensive to build and poorly insulated – so making good use of them during the great…
Tagged under   conservatories    heating 
With three growing teenage boys and the desire to stay in the leafy suburb of Cobham, Surrey, Gavin and Nicky Rochussen were determined to create a home which accommodated the family’s requirements for more space…
Tagged under   home    wood beams 
Dan Smith, Managing Director of respected Kent installer DWL, explains what you need to know to choose high-performance windows that perfectly complement your property
Tagged under   windows    design    self build 
Here, Brewers Home advises on the best way to start when turning your empty canvas into a home, and how to achieve an all-year-round space that suits all needs and occasions.
Tagged under   new home    planning    designing 
When Paul and Cathe Hazlewood decided to leave the agreeable urban living environment they had enjoyed for years in the centre of Oxford, looking for a new life in the country, they and Cathe’s brother…
Tagged under   heat pump    properties 
Roy Austin designed and built a modern, contemporary, family eco-home to meet the needs of his young disabled son after the family relocated to Cornwall five years ago. After failing to find anything on the…
Tagged under   prefab    self build    windows    doors 
Stuart and Rosie Treasurer have radically transformed a 1960s bungalow in a leafy suburb in the Wirral, Merseyside, into a modern family home.
Tagged under   plot    conversion    planning    sustainable    self build 
New research carried out by The National Custom and Self Build Association (NaCSBA) has revealed that about 18,000 people have signed up to local authority custom and self-build registers to exercise their ‘Right to Build’.
Tagged under   property development    finance 
BuildStore’s Rachel Pyne answers your questions on how to set a realistic budget and finance your next home-building project.
Tagged under   planning    project 
As we head into the winter months, with the inevitable colder weather, it can be a good time to pause and take stock of your building project. 2017 begins with the popular National Self Build…
Tagged under   selfbuild    renovation 
Vasco is launching the revolutionary designer radiator ONI onto the UK market his month. ONI is made of 8mm reinforced aluminium plate making it the thinnest Vasco radiator ever made. In addition to the progressive…
Tagged under   radiator    heating 
In possibly the only building of its kind in the UK, Sika Sarnafil single ply membrane has been used to waterproof a garden room with a live tree growing through it.
Tagged under   waterproofing    garden room 
New season bathroom updates are made simple with these beautiful basins from the Pure Bathroom Collection.
Tagged under   bathroom 
Nestled in a half-acre garden plot in a Gloucestershire village surrounded by historic landmarks of Castles and Keeps, this house stands out for its contemporary design sophistication, efficiency and innovation. Boasting timber-frame construction and renewable…
Tagged under   sustainability 
bathstore, the UK's market-leading specialist bathroom retailer, has launched a new 2D to 3D Planner tool on its website, set to enhance the experience of planning and buying a bathroom. The new functionality allows users…
Tagged under   bathroom 
So, the decision has been made. You are going to build an extension, or even better, your dream home. Your head is full of plans and you are eagerly collecting ideas, creating a mood board.…
Tagged under   oak    structure 
Developed by Eurocell to meet the security standards laid out by Approved Document Q of the Building Regulations, the Euroslide patio door suite enables house builders and developers to provide home buyers and owners with…
Tagged under   doors    security 
With the power to predict the future held exclusively in the hands of deities and delusionals, for the rest of us, it’s immensely hard to predict how our lives will look in 10 or 20…
Tagged under   bespoke    housing 
Team Stairkraft is always willing to step up to the next level for their customers, offering an alternative to the mass-produced stairs you find in many homes.
Tagged under   housing    bespoke    staircase 
Hanse Haus was founded over 85 years ago back in 1929, by Carpenter Herrmann Wandke, initially as a joinery workshop, which quickly grew to a regionwide house construction company. Since then, the firm has matured…
Tagged under   bespoke    timber frames    housing 
Leading British ventilation manufacturer Vent-Axia has unveiled details of its new Uniflexplus+ semi-rigid ducting system which is ideal for the self-build market.
Tagged under   ventilation    self build    simple installation 
AGB is urging self-builders to declare their intention to local authorities, as a new law forces councils to help them find suitable land for planning permission.
Tagged under   planning permission    suitable land 
Polyx Oil from Osmo UK is a premium wood finish guaranteed to keep wooden surfaces in top condition. Ideal for solid engineered or laminate wood floors, it is a high quality, water-repellent and tread-resistant wood…
Tagged under   wood finish    wood care 
Here, Hunton-based tree surgeon, Hunton Arborists, explains what a Tree Preservation Order is and what can be done if a TPO-protected tree is found on your self-build site.
Tagged under   site    garden    landscaping 
Aidan Bell, Co-founder of EnviroBuild, explains how reclamation is becoming an increasingly possible option for self-build projects.
Tagged under   recycling    materials 
Home automation has become somewhat a 'buzzword' among today's self-builders; more and more we're testing the limits of what can be controlled while we're out of the house, and with that, discovering new ways to…
Tagged under   home    home automation 
A property is very much a legacy and many of us are just custodians, but the opportunity to self-build or custom build remains the ultimate goal for many brave pioneers. They are faced with firstly…
Tagged under   self build    stone 
Trevor Avery qualified as an architect in 1995 and progressed to associate level in a general practice. It became apparent to Trevor that the service offered to custom and self-build clients at that time could…
Tagged under   self build    budget tips 
Wendy Thomas, Product Manager at ventilation manufacturer Nuaire, explains why fresh air is the key to a happy, healthy home.
Tagged under   ventilation 
As a nation, we spend as much as 90% of our time indoors and as a result, the quality of air in our homes and the health of our indoor climate is becoming increasingly important.
Tagged under   roof windows    windows 
This renovated 17th century church in rural Wales may give some the chills, but thanks to modern energy-efficiency measures and a ground source heat pump from UK manufacturer Kensa Heat Pumps, its owners are toasty…
Tagged under   heat pump    heating 
A new lease of life was given to this 300-year-old red brick barn in the Ashford district of Kent, thanks to a conversion project that has seen the clever infusion of natural light through a…
Tagged under   lighting 
Living in Dublin, John and Jodie McAllister wanted to create their dream home in the city they loved, making their idea of urban living in their own uniquely-designed home a reality. Choosing WeberHaus enabled them…
Tagged under   doors    windows    self build    prefab 
Sue Eakers had always wanted to build her own home. After fruitless years plot searching, by chance she came across the old school house in a conservation area in Bradninch, Devon, which had been granted…
Tagged under   self build    sustainable    planning    conversion    plot 
David Brown, Managing Director at Folk2Folk, a peer-to-peer lending company, explains how peer-to-peer finance is supporting property developers.
Tagged under   finance    property development 
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