Self-build homes come in all shapes and sizes – and self-build projects span everything from a simple porch extension to an entirely new house, meaning the self-build route itself takes many forms. Here, Oakmasters discusses which form of self-build is right for you.

As most property developers will know, fixing subsidence issues was historically considered both challenging and costly. This is why those involved in property development are careful when taking on a property that is showing the common signs of subsidence including cracked walls and uneven floors.

New YouGov research has highlighted a lack of awareness surrounding Japanese knotweed which is putting UK homeowners at risk. Can you spot the unruly intruder when plot-searching for your dream site?

The UK has around 133 days of rainfall each year. We all largely moan about the rain, but we could use it to save a significant amount of water and money. It is for this reason that rainwater harvesting is becoming increasingly popular in new-build construction for housing, agriculture and…

Ryan Abell, owner of Abell Building Services, describes when it can be more advantageous to use a small house-builder for custom house projects.

Every year, tens of thousands of people set out to follow their dream and start their very own self-build project. Out of those tens of thousands, while some will chart a steady, successful course, many will fall at an early fence. Here, Oliver Grimshaw, Head of UK Sales at Hanse…

Here Steve McSorley, Director at Thomasons, gives his advice from an engineer’s point of view.

06 Mar 2018
Lot 20 is a new Ecodesign legislation which came into effect on 1st January 2018. It mandates that all electric space heaters and electric radiators comply with a set of minimum efficiency guidelines, and use enhancing features. Here Salvatore Cirasuolo, Director at IntelliHeat, explains how this legislation may affect you.

13 Feb 2018
The recent changes made to the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) may be mind-boggling for many self-builders looking to benefit from the Government's Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI). Here, Kensa Heat Pumps demystifies the recent changes to the standard for a straightforward route to obtaining your ground source heat pump.

Ryan Abell, owner of building company Abell Building Services, describes how working in a range of building trades has helped him to instantly recognise a house-builder that is great to work with. In this article, he explains what makes the best house-builders stand out to help you make the right…

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