As consumer demand for natural products and materials continues to grow, Frontline Bathrooms introduces a stunning new take on the trend from stylish Spanish furniture manufacturer Royo.
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John wanted some additional living space for his growing daughter. Having completely paid off the mortgage on his two-bedroomed single storey home in East Sussex, John did not anticipate there being any problem with raising…
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EauZone Plus Ultra Bespoke brings together the semi-frameless styling and technical prowess of the EauZone Plus Collection with the tailored flexibility of bespoke-made design.
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The roof of a busy hotel in the central of Manchester required general repairs and had failing waterproofing to the parapet walls.
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Your garden is an important extension of your home. So we asked lawn care experts at Hayter, maker of the finest lawn mowers, and Toro, the global leader in turf care and maintenance, to share…
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Charlton & Jenrick, a leading brand in the fireplace industry, offers some useful stove tips and ideas.
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The Homebuilding & Renovating Show, proudly sponsored by Anglian Home Improvements, returns to the Bath & West Showground 2016.
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There is a growing trend amongst self-builders choosing to build eco-friendly structures without compromising on creative and bespoke design. Green Oak offers the opportunity to realise a luxury home whilst also meeting environmental credentials. Darren…
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Leading wastewater management expert, Kingspan Klargester, is advising self-builders to get their drainage right or risk being prosecuted for causing pollution. Here, Kingspan Klargester’s Operations Director, Dave Vincent, explains how to get your drainage right.
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German bathroom manufacturer, Pelipal, knows more than a thing or two about bathroom design. Whilst it undoubtedly has an almost endless array of beautiful ranges and ingenious solutions, it also knows a thing or two…
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While there are many cladding finishes available, the warm tones, textures and variety of colours available make brick a firm favourite. John Mayes, Managing Director of Eurobrick Cladding Systems, explains how to choose the right…
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In September, Colour Futures 2017 was launched revealing the trends and colour palettes that will be prevalent over the next year. These trends translate into a cohesive colour collection available at Dulux decorating centres, merchants…
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Beautiful made-to-order wooden windows and doors by Lomax + Wood have been incorporated into the elegant design of a new-build property in rural Essex.
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Overlooking splendid views, this Kent property named ‘The Shack’ is more than meets the eye.
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The complexities of insurance can be intimidating for many in the construction industry and it is easy to see why. In this article, Steve Mansour, Group CEO of construction insurance specialist CRL, explains the ins…
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If you want to create your own home, but don’t want to go down the solo self-build route then the custom build option may be the perfect fit, says BuildStore’s Tom Connor.
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Located in the London Borough of Hillingdon, the prestigious Northwood was voted one of the top 20 wealthiest suburbs in the UK by The Daily Telegraph. Backing onto Northwood Golf Course, Kings Oak House is…
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The new Woodland stove from Mendip Stoves is an award-winning design, voted ‘Best Stove Under 5kW’ at June’s Hearth & Home Show in Harrogate.
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The new heated decoupling system from Warmup is a very fast solution for the installation of an electric underfloor heating system. The new innovative system makes installing underfloor heating handy, quick and easy.
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Package homes, despite their escalating popularity across the globe, are still shrouded in mystery, clinging to their post war, boring box-home stereotype. However, a lot has changed since the 1950’s and self-build package homes are…
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The Slimline range is an innovative collection of gas fires designed for cavity wall installations.
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Building your dream home takes a considerable time and finances, therefore it’s paramount we ensure its longevity by investing in a proper fire protection.
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Houses come in all different shapes, sizes and materials, so there’s plenty to think about when bringing your dream home to life, and if you’re trying to do it sustainably then there’s even more to…
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There are a variety of ways to design the interior of a home to suit the requirements of a client. All clients are different and will want to focus on specific styles including traditional, contemporary,…
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i-build has collated some gate and fencing inspiration for those self-builders sitting on the fence when it comes to making decisions on how to enclose their self-build site.
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Wanting to make the most of breathtaking views over the Devon coast for their client, the team at 100% Stainless Ltd called on the advantages of the TAPER-LOC system to ensure the perfect fit.
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When Paul and Gill Regan bought a dated two-bed bungalow in Plymstock, Devon, they planned an extensive renovation. Aside from extending to add much needed space, a key part of their project included upgrading the…
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The UK’s only dedicated event to integrated building technology, Smart Buildings 2016, is back for another year and is set to be bigger and more forward thinking than ever. Taking place from 18 to 20th…
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Have you always wanted to build your own low-energy home from scratch? Or simply turn your ordinary house into an extraordinary space with a few minor improvements? Do you have a country kitchen or a…
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Produced by the team at the National Self Build & Renovation Centre (NSBRC), the UK’s only permanent visitor centre for self-builders and home improvers, The Big Green Home Show returns this year from 7 to…
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Self-builders are becoming far more adventurous in terms of what they want from their flooring options, asking for more unique patterns, colours, shapes and textures. Cultural, global and social issues at a wider level tend…
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Self-builders are becoming far more adventurous in terms of what they want from their flooring options, asking for more unique patterns, colours, shapes and textures. Cultural, global and social issues at a wider level tend…
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Acoustic and thermal insulation products are widely available from suppliers both big and small, but what should buyers look for when choosing a solution? Cellecta’s Ben Banks offers some tips on specifying the most suitable…
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Connected technology in the home is becoming increasingly popular and, to some, a necessity. Many electrical devices can now reach the internet and be operated and monitored via a smart device. As we add more…
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When undertaking a self-build one of the most important aspects to consider are the foundations. Here, Swedish engineering company, Advanced Foundation Technology (AFT), discusses the use of a newly-launched foundation material to the UK, Groundshield.
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With a shared passion for restoring properties to their former glory, Charlotte Thomson and Joey Auger couldn’t have imagined embarking on a more unconventional project – converting a public convenience into a coastal retreat.
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Often when we talk about the cover and premiums involved in self-build insurance we are asked why it’s more expensive than your everyday household insurance. Although these insurances are similar in what they do, they…
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Keep on top of your finances and don’t underestimate the cost of your project if you want to successfully complete your new home, says BuildStore’s Rachel Pyne.
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As the sister company of nationwide favourite Express Bi-folding Doors, Express in the Home has taken over 60 years of experience in the premium kitchen and interiors industry to create a handpicked collection of prestigious…
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Designing one’s own home is a rare and exceptional challenge that presents the opportunity to create a living environment that acutely mirrors your personality, habits and aspirations. Before you get there however, you’ll undoubtedly be…
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Self-builders wanting to get an accurate view on how much their dream home will cost can take advantage of a new time-saving service.
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JB Kind has introduced the oak Cherwell door design, a new take on the popular boarded style. Exclusive to JB Kind, the Cherwell has joined their best-selling River Oak Cottage range and offers a stylish…
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Underfloor heating in properties, especially in new builds and new developments is an increasing trend. The luxurious feeling of your toes warming up from the floor sounds appealing but maybe perceived too costly to consider…
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We provide our self build customers with a unique one-stop shop service, not only for coordinating the manufacture and delivery of the timber frame structure, but also the supply of windows, external doors, insulation, plasterboard,…
Tagged under   windows    timber frame    doors    insulation 
However crowded the marketplace, real quality will always stand out according to Schueco UK who have increased the range of their Contemporary Living Collection of aluminium windows, doors and façades.
Tagged under   doors    windows    facades    aluminium 
VELUX® launches campaign to help homeowners bring extra daylight in to their extensions.
Tagged under   window    glazing    home    extension    roof window    roofing 
Self-builders are being encouraged to make their homes as airtight as possible to maximise energy efficiency and reduce the carbon footprint of their property. This makes providing effective ventilation more important than ever. Here, Robert…
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Our client in Faringdon had a typical style galley kitchen in that it had wall hung cabinets, a garden facing sink and a door to the garden.
Tagged under   kitchen    garden    storage    doors 
Whether you have a large country garden, small town garden or compact terrace, you'll want to make the most of your outdoor space this summer. So with that in mind, the design experts at Richard…
Tagged under   decking    garden 
For centuries, clay bricks have been an integral part of the English architectural landscape and they continue to be the single most popular way of constructing a house. Graham Irving, Managing Director of Bovingdon Bricks,…
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Your staircase can be a statement feature of your home, so it’s worth taking time over the design and materials to ensure that it makes the desired impact. Often the first thing that visitors see…
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100% Design, the UK’s largest design trade show, is returning to Olympia, London, from 21st to 24th September. The show forms the commercial heart of London Design Festival, presenting leading national and international exhibitors with…
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The London Homebuilding & Renovating Show, proudly sponsored by Anglian Home Improvements, returns to ExCeL, London, from 23rd to 25th September 2016.
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The UK’s only dedicated event to integrated building technology, Smart Buildings 2016, is back for another year and is set to be bigger and more forward-thinking than ever. Taking place on 18 to 20th October…
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Grand Designs Live is set to return to Birmingham from 19th to 23rd October. The event promises to break down conventional limitations to homebuilding and offers visitors a chance to view the latest trends and…
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A self-build project will be the biggest challenge you undertake, so it’s worth adding some hard core machinery and budgeting accordingly. Here, manufacturer of power tools, Makita, offers its top tips when it comes to…
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With so many beautiful fixtures and fittings to choose from, deciding how to heat your home isn’t the most exciting part of a self-build project! But getting the heating and hot water system right could…
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Choosing the right fenestration for your property is an important, long-term decision and there is a lot to consider. Here Gary Hutton, General Manager at Black Millwork, explains what self-builders need to know to make…
Tagged under   fenestration    windows 
The Bennetts from London had selected Cambridgeshire as the location for their dream home and acquired the perfect plot of land on which to build. Their search for new-home inspiration led them to WeberHaus and…
Tagged under   home    wood    plot 
About a quarter of all kitchens designed by ‘Kitchen Retailer of the Year’ Kitchens International now are large open-plan indoor/outdoor kitchens. The Great British Bake Off and numerous TV cooking programmes have not just inspired…
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Although Etienne Patterson and his wife Katie had always harboured the ambition to build their own house, the trigger for doing so was his parents’ future.
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When a 1970s bungalow with two acres of land came up for sale in the picturesque village of Pirbright, Surrey, Mike and Jenny Hobbs jumped at the chance of buying it.
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Darren Lester, Founder of SpecifiedBy, the product specification search platform used by builders, contractors and architects, discusses the role of the project manager and questions who is best equipped to take on the job.
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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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Homeowners in today’s unsure property market, post the Brexit vote, are finding ways to improve the value of their property to take advantage of still historically high property prices in the UK however many families…
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An inspiring new web series that showcases Britain’s most extraordinary people and their construction achievements has been revealed by CRL.
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The Myson KICKSPACE® plinth heater is a huge asset in providing warmth, while allowing scope for maximising space and design in the UK’s kitchens and bathrooms. Installed in the plinth beneath a kitchen base unit…
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Ecohaus has secured the Sole UK Distribution rights for the incredible SOREG-Glide Frameless large scale glazing system. After 12 months Due Diligence, Burckhardt the SOREG-Glide manufacturer based in Hannover in Germany have entrusted their brand…
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Produced by the team at the National Self Build & Renovation Centre (NSBRC), the UK's only permanent visitor centre for self builders and home improvers, The Big Green Home Show returns in October explores both…
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H+H, the largest UK manufacturer of aircrete blocks, has launched a new website dedicated to the self-build sector.
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When you want the warmth and character of a wood burning stove but you also like the look of a modern flush-fit design, an inset stove offers the best of both worlds. With a large…
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The Scandinavian log cabins and lodges at the picturesque Felmoor Park in Northumberland have been given a striking new finish thanks to Remmers wood coatings.
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A loft conversion can offer an extra bedroom, bathroom or a home office. However, there could be height and access issues alongside planning and Building Regulations that need resolving. Even so, a loft conversion can…
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So you’ve decided to build a water feature? It’s no small undertaking, but do it right and you can have your very own oasis of tranquility in your garden. There are many things to consider…
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Here, i-build provides all you need to know about specifying internal doors for your property.
Tagged under   doors    interior 
If you’re one of the many self-builders who wish they had planned for just a bit more space, or are currently finalising your plans, sanctuary could be much closer to your new home than you…
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With flooding becoming more frequent, homeowners in high risk areas have more to lose when the downpours are at their worst. Andrew Gill, Marketing Manager at Brett Landscaping, suggests that incorporating sustainable drainage solutions (SuDS)…
Tagged under   permeable paving    paving    landscaping    SuDS 
Martin Walker, CEO of Methven UK, looks at the future of the bathroom industry and how new technologies and materials can offer a wide range of benefits to end users.
Tagged under   bathroom    shower    washrooom 
Self-builders can ensure that lighting in their new home is as energy and cost-efficient as possible by upfront investment in LED lighting solutions, according to leading LED supplier, Light Rabbit.
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A luxurious new-build property in Lowsenford, Warwickshire, is one of the largest self-build projects in the UK to feature a ground source heat pump.
Tagged under   renewable technology    heating 
John Churchett wanted some additional living space for his growing daughter. Having completely paid off the mortgage on his two-bedroomed single-storey home in East Sussex, John did not anticipate there being any problem with raising…
Tagged under   house    home    self build    sustainable 
To enjoy vast amounts of natural light and its surrounding vistas, one Wimbledon self-build home has benefitted from over £100,000 worth of glazing from architectural glazing specialist, DWL Windows, Doors & Conservatories.
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BuildStore’s Raymond Connor looks at the lending options for self-build mortgages, including arrears and advance stage payment options.
Tagged under   mortgage    finance 
Potton’s decision to build the UK’s first self-build Passivhaus show home at its St Neots show centre marks a significant step in the development of self-build in Britain. Now as the new show home nears…
Tagged under   passivhaus    energy saving    house    home    project    eco home 
Air Uno UK has launched a new downdraft cooker hood, Zaira, which features a top plate that can be fully customised to match any worktop surface.
Tagged under   kitchen    surface 
Idealcombi has launched their next generation of casement windows and doors – “Frame IC” & “Nation IC”. The new generation now includes the use of PUR(polyurethane) as imperishable thermal insulation. The use of PUR has…
Tagged under   windows    thermal insulation    energy efficiency    extension    conversion 
H+H’s Rå Build method has been used by design and build contractor Canning Ericsson to speed construction of a three-storey apartment block on a confined site in Brighton.
Tagged under   cavity wall    walls 
Even if you only have a single room that you need to heat, you shouldn’t rule out underfloor heating, especially now that you can buy everything you need in a single comprehensive pack, as Michelle…
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Over 23%, or 4.7 million out of the 19.6 million cavity walled domestic properties in Great Britain do not have cavity wall insulation according to the ‘Household Energy Efficiency National Statistics, Detailed Report 2015’, published…
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Yorkshire based e-tailer Electric Radiators Direct have announced the release of the all new Haverland Smartwave; an intelligent, adaptable electric radiator range which uses advanced motion sensor technology in order to learn your weekly routine…
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With a self-build there is so much to think about. Furniture and accessories may be the final consideration, but it is worth taking the time to think, research and plan the big budget rooms at…
Tagged under   furniture    home    house    bathroom    bedroom    kitchen 
The notion of building one’s own home is one that has increasingly captured our imagination over the past few years and experts say the next 12 months are likely to see record numbers of people…
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Thatch, known for being cool in summer and warm in winter, has been used as a roofing material for centuries. The Thatch Advice Centre was set up as an online resource to offer free up-to-date…
Tagged under   roofing    safety    health and safety    fire safety    wood    traditional    chimney 
i-build takes a look at some of the essential design features that will help prolong the look and performance of this luxurious space in the home.
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Extend your living space out into the garden with these must-have furniture solutions, perfect for a casual Sunday breakfast or a lively family BBQ.
Tagged under   garden    exterior    furniture 
If you’re looking to make a simple and easy transformation to any living space in your self-build, then adding statement wallpaper to your design scheme is a way to do so. It can help zone…
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Distinctive Chesterfields, a handmade furniture manufacturer from West Yorkshire, understands the importance of colour in the house so has created a guide to what the different hues can symbolise to help you to get the…
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Stocking over a thousand insulation products from leading brands, Insulation Superstore, a brand of Construction Materials Online, highlights the top 10 insulation products available.
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It can often be the case that when planning a self-build project, conservatories, extensions or orangeries are not considered integral parts of the build, but something that can be added on at a later date.…
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Steve Rooney, Sales Director at Gaia Climate Solutions, explains why we are warming to the idea of heat pumps.
Tagged under   heat pumps    renewable energy    heating    energy efficiency 
When Landscape Gardener Peter Child bought a plot of land on the very edge of the ancient Ashdown Forest, his vision was to take inspiration from the land and work with local resources to create…
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To fulfil his long-held ambition of designing and building his own home, Heinz Richardson, an Architect at Jestico + Whiles, set about building House 19, an architecturally stunning and sustainable building, which has most recently…
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Andrew Reardon, Senior Selfbuild Account Handler at self-build insurance policy expert ProAktive Selfbuild, discusses when and why you might want to consider non-negligence cover.
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