23 Sep 2019
Ian and Julie Perrin were exploring different parts of the country looking for somewhere to retire to when they came across the historic market town of Montgomery in Wales.

23 Sep 2019
A centuries old technique has been combined with a modern design to create an architect’s Norwegian self-build home.

Oak frame porches can come in multiple designs and can help to create an extended space from the front of a property. They can provide shelter from the elements and cut out the favourite past time of fumbling around shivering in the dark trying to find the key in the…

23 Sep 2019
Here, Mark Horner of Mark Horner Architects – a specialist in the restoration, extension and conversion of oast houses – reflects on the history of oast houses and raises some important questions before bringing this iconic structure back to life.

When interior designer and blogger Kate Young first viewed her new home she knew it was the one. Despite the magnolia walls, brown carpets and the cream kitchen, she fell in love with the rural location, the views, the layout and the living area’s oak floors.

BS 5839 is the key code of practice for the planning, design, installation, commissioning and maintenance of fire detection. BS 5839-6:2019 is the latest standard and categorises different grades and categories of fire detection systems for different types of building. Here, Lumi-Plugin provides an overview for specifying a fire alarm…

30 Aug 2019
An experienced team comprising PHT members Green Building Store, Elemental Solutions, Alan Clarke and Mike Whitfield Construction, along with architect Adrian Cook, have completed a newly-certified Passivhaus, Ty Casim, and it’s a perfect example of mixing the old with the new.

The technology within power tools continues to evolve to make the products more efficient and effective, longer lasting and easier to use. The inclusion of brushless motors in the latest generation of tools has brought further benefits for tradespeople. Here, Makita explains how brushless motors work and the advantages over…

Cheryl and Martin began building their family home in 2016. It was last year that they came to the stage of the build where they needed to fit doors and windows. The couple wanted a company that would be reliable, knowledgeable and produce quality products that would complement their brand-new…

11 Jul 2019
With UK Government making a clear commitment to the rapid decarbonisation of heat with the introduction of a future homes standard mandating the end of fossil-fuel heating systems in all new build homes from 2025, self-builders are in a prime position to lead the way by incorporating eco-friendly building techniques…

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