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As the days get longer and the weather becomes warmer, Brits will finally get a chance to spend some much-needed time in their gardens and outdoor areas. Whether it’s catching some rays, getting green-fingered or preparing the BBQ to be fired-up, it’s great to be able to get the area…

There is a massive renovation renaissance that has been driven by a seemingly everlasting lockdown. Now that consumers have spent time working from home and living in less-than-ideal conditions, manufacturers have seen a huge demand for appliances from self-builders and renovators. But when faced with so much choice, what exactly…

07 Apr 2021
When it comes to roof windows, there is more to consider than simply size and colour. To help you choose the right roof windows for your build, David Loughran, Technical Team Leader at Keylite Roof Windows, discusses the various features and capabilities, advising on how the correct specification can maximise…

Building on flood plains is obviously undesirable but sometimes inevitable owing to land pressures. Similarly, conversions and renovations in areas previously ‘dry’ may be at risk owing to the increased frequency of extreme rainfall events. If you’ve found yourself vulnerable to flooding, Hudson Lambert, Director at Safeguard Europe, is here…

As any self-builder knows, creating the ideal interior environment is about more than just interior decoration – sometimes, it’s what you can’t see that makes all the difference. Dan Greatrex, Manager of online builders’ merchant Insulation Superstore, takes a closer look at the different solutions available to help you find…

Verity Lovelock of BBD Architects, a renowned Hampshire practice that specialises in bespoke residential design, provides a step-by-step guide to get you started on your self-build or renovation.

After 10 years of city life in London and renovating their previous home in Hackney, Nick and Tara Jordan wanted to relocate to the countryside and take on a bigger project. With backgrounds in architecture and interiors, the pair saw potential in two barns in rural Hampshire. One laborious year…

07 Apr 2021
Do you ever think about the air you’re breathing in? Indoor air quality can really affect our health and wellbeing, so it’s important to consider this when renovating a property. Alexander Provins, Director EMEA of world-leading air purification brand, Blueair, explains the causes of poor indoor air quality and the…

Whether you’re creating a forever home or renovating to sell, kerb appeal is still an important factor when it comes to the exterior of a property.

There’s an abundance of designs and styles to choose from when it comes to tiles – from colours and shapes to patterns and textures.

After Rupert and Rose McDonnell’s second son was born, the pair realised they needed a house with more space and a change of location to be close to an excellent primary school.

Roof terraces are increasing in popularity as developers and homeowners look to optimise building space, particularly in densely-populated urban areas.

This month, we have talked to Luke Thomas, Design Director of John Cullen Lighting, for his top 10 tips on choosing bespoke lighting for your self-build or renovation project.

There’s a lot to think about when choosing a feature staircase. Here, Eric Nicholls, Founder of Spiral UK – the bespoke staircase company – covers all aspects of staircase design to help you decide what would work best for you and your home.

08 Mar 2021
This stunning annexe transformation in Devon’s picturesque Dartmoor certainly proves that you don’t need large structures to design and build something truly inspirational.

Research from the Saffron Building Society reported a 144% increase in its self-build completions, compared to the same period in 2019. Whether it’s first-time buyers looking to build their way onto the market or those embarking on large self-build and conversion projects, it’s clear people know what they want from…

Thinking of working from home more often, but need a new space to make a perfect office? Here are 12 reasons to build that space in your own garden.

Are you renovating your fireplace and about to start your journey towards a new stove or fire? Annabelle Carvell, PR Officer at the Stovax Heating Group, offers her top 10 points to consider to help you understand your requirements.

12 Feb 2021
After 12 years of living in their late-Victorian East Dulwich home, husband and wife Paul and Lindsay Davies were forced to admit that their kitchen was no longer fit for purpose. With little room to appreciate the heart of their home and difficult spaces in general, the pair turned to…

12 Feb 2021
In this article, Sarah Viney of Marmox explains how some of a home’s trickiest technical challenges can be overcome with a surprisingly simple solution.

Whether you’re renovating a property to sell or let, or you are just looking at ways to improve the look and feel of your home, there’s lots that can be done without exceeding the limits of your budget or technical expertise.

One of the most creative things you can do in your home is to add colour. Better still, it’s also one of the most cost-effective updates in the world of home improvements.

Programme manager by day and an architectural designer by night, Ade Sosanya and his family are awaiting planning permission for an inspirational self-build project in the Kentish countryside.

Kitchen surfaces need to be highly durable, simple to clean and in keeping with the style of the space overall. CRL Quartz from CRL Stone ticks all these boxes and more, making it the natural choice for a stunning farmhouse-style property which revealed a surprising feature as part of its…

With outdoor living on the rise in 2020, many homeowners will already be starting to plan their garden projects for the new year. Here, Simon Chudley at Tarmac Cement and Lime looks at why homeowners are increasingly turning to porcelain patio in their landscaping designs.

With three-quarters of break-ins in the UK happening via the front door, Victoria Brocklesby, Founder and COO at Origin, explores the security elements that are most frequently overlooked in self-build projects, and offers her advice for choosing doors and windows that will keep homes safe and secure.

11 Jan 2021
More square footage to enjoy as a family was just one of the driving factors behind one couple’s decision to extend the ground floor of their Manchester home, with the opportunity to make the most of the views of their gorgeous gardens too good an opportunity to pass up.

11 Jan 2021
Paul Trace from Stella Rooflight discusses the practicalities involved in specifying large rooflights.

Darren Watts, Wren Kitchens’ Showroom Development and Design Director, reveals the changes to kitchen design buying habits following the global pandemic.

You wouldn’t ask a plumber to design and install a spa just because he works with water and pipes. Likewise, you shouldn’t get an electrician to design and install a home automation system just because he works with electricity and cables. And yet many people do. Is it any wonder…

Wood flooring is the ideal choice for any room of the home that will make a striking and lasting impression. Once you’re ready to make your purchase, it’s important to measure up, as knowing how many square metres of space you need to cover will help when it comes to…

07 Dec 2020
Sculptural as well as functional, Bisca’s bespoke staircase stands proud in the centre of a large open gallery-style space, framed by full-height windows to show off the design, day and night.

Cladding is increasingly popular across new builds and refurbishments as a tasteful finish for buildings of all types, with an innovative application making for the creation of some truly impressive facades.

With outdoor living on the rise in 2020, many homeowners will already be starting to plan their garden projects for the new year. Here, Simon Chudley at Tarmac Cement and Lime looks at why homeowners are increasingly turning to porcelain patio in their landscaping designs.

An exceptionally designed, contemporary lateral living, four-bedroom home set within a historical Victorian building, Rylett Studios, in fondly known Starch Green, has come to market with leading west London estate agent, Finlay Brewer. In a former life, the building was a Victorian laundry facility, then a ball bearings factory in…

Whether a new-build, self-build or refurbishment project, the important role of rainwater systems cannot be understated in terms of aesthetics and the long-term integrity of a building.

Virtual viewings are on the increase, as a new study* by the UK’s technology-led estate agent, Purplebricks, shows one-in-six buyers would make an offer on a property without setting foot in the front door.

In these difficult and disruptive times, CMOStores.com’s commitment to ensuring its customers can get what they need, when they need it, has put the builders’ merchant in a strong position to continue to respond to the market’s changing needs, with the company making significant investment in improving both customer experience…

Buying a sofa is one of the most exciting and important purchases you’re likely to make for your home. Your sofa is the focal point in your living room, and it’s where a lot of us find ourselves lounging, reading, entertaining, sleeping and even eating and drinking. You want to…

A typical suburban street will have a mixture of homes; some modern, some older, some with exposed brick and some finished with a coloured render.

Over the last several months, we have all been forced to adapt our living and working patterns to cope with the new normal. As our daily routines have changed, so too have our priorities. In most cases we are spending more time in our homes, bringing increased awareness of the…

The introduction of the Domestic Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES) in 2018 means all new builds must adhere to a minimum level of energy efficiency. A positive move from the UK Government, it has led to a substantial cut in carbon emissions from home energy use and significantly slashed homeowners’…

Those that closely follow Channel 4’s Building the Dream may recall Charlie Luxton profiling Cambridgeshire-based husband-and-wife self-build duo Rob and Sarah Collard back in 2018. Their ambitious build, aptly named Collard Towers, was designed entirely by the pair without the help of an architect – and with an astonishing objection-free…

04 Nov 2020
Victoria Brocklesby, COO at Origin, a UK-leading manufacturer of aluminium doors and windows, offers her insight into the Government’s Green Homes Grant and explains how homeowners can get the most out of the scheme.

Whilst 2020 has offered us a range of crises to focus on, the long-standing climate crisis still warrants our full attention. There are multiple ways we, as individuals, can contribute to climate care. One of which is to make our homes – as well as our entire lifestyles – more…

Correctly specified and installed, roof windows can improve the aesthetics of your build and provide you with long-term rewards such as improved thermal comfort and reduced energy bills. Here, Colin Wells, Head of Technical at Keylite Roof Windows, looks at the top five considerations.

With summer fast becoming a distant memory, it is important that homeowners make plans for the colder season, by ensuring they have the right tools and guidance in place to help their garden lawn survive winter. i-Build has spoken to Alasdair Urquhart, Haskins Garden Centres’ in-house plant expert, to compile…

Kitchen worktops and surfaces are often what guests notice first when they walk into a kitchen. They can really set the design tone for the entire room, providing continuity and cohesion and helping to tie together all the various elements within the space, so getting it right is essential for…

12 Oct 2020
When decorating, painting your walls is an easy way to breathe colour and style into a space, says Natasha Bradley, Lick Home’s Interior Design and Colour Expert.

Self-builders Brent and Aishling Bryson have been together for almost a decade. Brent grew up on a family dairy farm just outside Banbridge, County Down, and has always wanted to build his very own home on the land.

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