English oak continues to deliver superior timber frame designs. Tom Barnes of Vastern Timber explains the advantages of English timber and what should architects and designers know to ensure successful implementation.

Used to add more space to a property for an expanding family, or create an extra room, conservatories are a wonderful way to extend the home. With benefits such as added natural light, energy efficiency and open-plan space conservatories and orangeries can make brilliant additions to your self-build or renovation…

With a wide variety of sanitaryware designs available on the market you may be finding it difficult to select the right scheme for your new bathroom. Here Helen Shaw, Marketing Manager at Roper Rhodes, sheds light on sanitaryware options, durable materials and ways to save space for your self-build bathroom…

With less than 400 PassivHaus certified properties so far completed across the UK, the ultra-low energy standard from Germany can still be viewed as nascent in this country, though there are many compliant components and technologies available to assist in these designs, such as the mechanical ventilation and heat recovery…

If a self builder decides to build a property on an area that has previously been flooded, it’s vital that they take the proper precautions to ensure that flooding wither doesn’t happen again. With the help of The Water Gate, homeowners can be assured an extra level of protection, as…

Paint is constantly progressing. From magnetic paint to writable paint, innovative methods are commonly being used in paint solutions. John Stephans, CEO of IdeaPaint, explains the benefits of using erasable paint in your self-build or renovation project.

Forward thinking company Mira Showers recently brought together a panel of experts to reveal eight must-have bathroom trends to look out for this year.

Building your dream home is a fantastic achievement. Despite the hurdles and challenges, seeing your vision come to fruition is a rewarding experience and is welcomed with open arms. Yet for children, the change of surroundings and fear of the unknown might seem a daunting prospect.

Choosing the roof you want on your custom-build home can seem like a minefield and is one of the most important aspects of the design process. David Patrick, Head of Marketing at Redland, discusses the merits of pitched roofing for residential properties and has some top tips for choosing your…

Thanks to its strength, sustainability and natural beauty, oak has once again become the material of choice when creating spectacular ceiling features. Here Oakmasters, a specialist in oak structures, discusses what you need to consider when deciding on your ceiling solution.