02 Apr 2015
In recent years many historic crafts and trades have gradually declined or been separated from mainstream building in the face of the demand for mass production and more cost effective processes. Here, Graham Irving, Managing Director of Bovingdon Bricks, presents the value of old fashioned brick making.

Patrick Bradley’s radical home design presented a number of electrical challenges for contractor AK Electrical, who installed a system based on controls from electrical solutions and services provider Hager.

If you’re new to self-build, working out which foundation application is best for your project can be one of the most daunting aspects of all the construction phases and is difficult to budget for accurately. Therefore, it is important to clearly identify the best foundation solution for your project early…

04 Mar 2015
Space and water heating normally accounts for more than 60% of a household’s energy, so it’s crucial that self-builders make the right choice when planning their heating system. Karen Trewick, Director of Communications at electric heating specialist Dimplex, looks at the options available to maximise comfort and keep running costs…

Worktops are the crucial accessory of the kitchen. Much like combining the wrong coloured handbag or shoes with an outfit may ruin the ensemble, mismatch your worktop and cabinets and the kitchen could loose its style. Here, Kevin Buchanan – Design Director of independent kitchen designer and retailer, Kitchen International…

The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is the world’s first long-term financial support programme for renewable heat. In April 2014 the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive was launched to offer financial support to the owners of renewable heating systems for seven years.

There are 101 things to think about when planning and creating your own home, and according to Richard Chapman of timber window and door manufacturer Dale Windows, the doors and windows you choose have the ability to make or break the finished look and feel of your property. Here, Richard…

While the pages of interior design books are littered with images of beautifully styled and perfectly preened schemes, it’s the unique and personal touches that make a house a home. Nadia McCowan Hill, resident style expert at interiors brand Joss & Main, shares her top tips for sourcing just the…

Wetrooms add a wow factor to any bathroom and can be fitted anywhere in the home. From cellar to attic, even the smallest spaces can be converted into a luxury wetroom.

With such an abundant variety of timbers, colours, textures and styles available on the market, choosing the right wood for your project can be a challenging task. Help is at hand with Peter Keane, Director of wood flooring manufacturer The Natural Wood Floor Company and his guide to wood flooring.