Building a home with future guests in mind

If you’re lucky enough to be starting the process of building your dream home from scratch, there are a huge array of decisions to be thought over, especially during the planning phases. From the moment you sit down with your... View Article

When to knock down and start again

Mark Stevenson, managing director of Potton and Kingspan Timber Solutions and self-build and renovation expert for The London Homebuilding & Renovating Show, on why self-builders should demolish rather than wait for empty land. Over 53 per cent of UK adults... View Article

Home improvements? What are your finance options?

Do you want to make some home improvements this year? Would you like to build an extension or fit a new kitchen and bathroom? Then you’re probably searching online for information and tips about the best finance options available to... View Article

Trend alert – Recycling & upcycling for your garden

The cost of keeping your garden in tip-top shape can quickly get out of control. Whether it’s overspending on plants at the garden centre or investing in some new garden furniture, the cost of being green fingered can be expensive... View Article

How to keep your home cool during the heatwave

With the weather staying consistently hot for the longest time since 2013, Jason Orme and Julia Kendell, property experts for The London Homebuilding & Renovating Show (21-23 September, ExCeL, London; www.homebuildingshow.co.uk/london), provide their advice on how to keep your home cool. Jason... View Article

Decorating on a budget

Julia Kendell, BBC’s DIY SOS guest designer and spokesperson for The London Homebuilding & Renovating Show (21-23 September, ExCeL, London), shares her tips on how to decorate a home on a budget: Panel power If you’ve got a small budget but big... View Article

Thoughts that keep every self-builder up at night

Charlie Luxton, sustainable architectural designer from More4’s ‘Building the Dream’ and guest expert at The London Homebuilding & Renovating Show (21-23 September, ExCeL, London), shares his challenges around self building and offers tips on how to overcome them from his experience of... View Article

How to finance your own house build

Considering a move to a large, more versatile home? Looking at realistic yet affordable options for upsizing? If the answer is ‘yes’, there’s an even more important question you might want to ponder: Have you considered the option of building... View Article

Doing renovation work on your own

With rising costs, a proliferation of information available and easy-to-use products on the market more and more people are undertaking work on their homes themselves. But there are serious issues to think about. Using the right tools and equipment as... View Article

How to correctly light your home

Have you ever walked into a house and thought, wow? If so, then I warrant that much of the impact was due to the way lighting had been used. Creative use of lighting can make a room seem light, airy... View Article

How to treat your oak doors

Oak doors can make a lovely addition to any home, no matter whether you are living a traditional style property or a modern one. Oak doors are an investment piece that will add value to your home, as well as... View Article

Editor’s comment – March/April

Swings and roundabouts. While we are seeing more self-build plots coming through and being built on – supported by the Right to Build Task Force – the story opposite regarding Redrow trying to pull the plug on self- and custom-builds... View Article

Julia Kendell: 2018 trends for all areas of your home

Julia Kendell, BBC’s ‘DIY SOS’ guest designer and spokesperson for The National Homebuilding & Renovating Show (22-25 March, NEC, Birmingham), looks into the 2018 trends for all areas of your home. Bedrooms “The focus for the year ahead will be on functionality... View Article

Repurposing your shed for the 21st Century

Sheds today are used for more than just garden storage. In fact, sheds are now more likely to have Wi-Fi access than a wheelbarrow, with many people using the, for hobbies or work as opposed to gardening. The flexibility of... View Article