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Everything you need under one roof

Looking for guidance on your self-build? The National Self Build and Renovation Centre in Swindon is the place to go for help with any aspect of a project, as Roseanne Field reports The National Self Build & Renovation Centre (NSBRC),... View Article

The best laid plans

For many self-builders, finding a plot to build on is the biggest hurdle, but for one retired couple using their own land proved just as problematic, for a host of reasons. Roseanne Field reports Set back from the main A22... View Article

Sustainable building – it’s all in the mind

Ben Warren, Managing Director at global building materials manufacturer, Baumit UK, offers a guide to sustainable construction for the self-builder. According to a Green Building Council report, more than one home every minute will require refurbishment in the UK if... View Article

Chapter two: preparing for demolition

When we heard from first-time self-builders Sarah and Andy Ball in the last issue, they were at a crossroads, unsure if their Derby build would go ahead. Things have changed however, and the demolition notices are in When we left... View Article

Shower power

Ashley Prescott of Power-Pipe discusses how waste water heat recovery can stop you throwing money down the drain every time you shower In terms of the practicalities, waste water heat recovery (WWHR) couldn’t be more straightforward. A WWHR system is... View Article

How to clean laminate floors

Laminate floors require regular maintenance to prevent scratching or damage, and a key part of this is cleaning the surface itself. Generally, you should aim to clean your laminate floor with a dry mop once every few days or so.... View Article

It’s easy being green

Michael Nicholls of OrganoWood UK explains what sustainability means when it comes to external wood treatment, and how self- builders can benefit from ‘going green’ Offering a beautiful combination of aesthetic and practical qualities, wood has always been a popular... View Article

Putting smoke alarms on the spot

Kidde Safety discusses current regulations for smoke and heat alarms and whether they go far enough to maximise safety Smoke and heat alarms are essential in minimising domestic fire fatalities and injuries. Installation of smoke and heat alarms to satisfy... View Article

The power of colour

Crown Paints’ Kathryn Lloyd looks into the latest paint shades and design ideas, and explains how quality formulations and technology can help bring colour to life both indoors and out Colour can be one of the most important elements to... View Article

A special bond

Madeleine McDermott of Resin Bonded explores why resin-bound surfaces are becoming the latest trend to appear in driveways and gardens thanks to a range of performance benefits What is resin-bound surfacing? Firstly, it is fast becoming the popular choice for... View Article

Hi-tech kitchens for a healthier, greener future

Zip Water UK’s Russell Owens discusses why hi-tech kitchen appliances are such an important ingredient in today’s self-builds Modern technology has always played a huge part in improving convenience in the home, but nowadays high-tech appliances are becoming increasingly important... View Article

Heat storage made easy

The thermal store is a powerful technology that can be used in a variety of ways to ‘future proof’ properties, enabling self-builders to take full advantage of renewables, when used in the best combination. Richard Hanson-Graville of Thermal Integration explains... View Article

How not to find a builder

First-time self-builder Sarah Ball describes her troubles finding a builder for their highly contemporary project in Derby It’s the one phone call my husband Andy and I didn’t want. Three years and one month of living in a property we... View Article

Sound and vision

A major renovation of a hilltop bungalow in Devon opened up fantastic estuary views for the growing family of a music producer, while doubling as an occasional recording studio. By James Parker Paul Yeadon has had a varied life so... View Article

Choosing the right external doors

From front doors to garage doors, David O’Mara of Hörmann UK answers all of your portal-related questions When it comes to front doors, what are the trends for 2017 in self-builds? The demand for unique, stylish and secure entrances that... View Article

Standing the test of time

Richard Bishop of Wienerberger looks at how roof tile innovation is emulating classic design using modern materials to enable self-builders to find the ideal option for their project. It’s no secret that slate and clay have dominated roofing trends through the... View Article

What lies beneath

Extra space is something that many home owners desire but often that means adding a conservatory or a loft conversion. David Symes of Delta Membrane Systems looks at the basement alternative. While it may not be the most obvious option... View Article

The soft/hard debate

Choosing your flooring is undoubtedly one of the most important elements of a self-build – but should you go for for carpet or hard flooring? Selfbuilder & Homemaker’s Roseanne Field weighs up the pros and cons Choosing the flooring for... View Article

Invest in the future

Arada Stoves’ Jon Butterworth explains why stoves are becoming greener than ever and what it means for you and your build The European Union’s Ecodesign Directive Standards aren’t coming in to force until 2022, but the UK stove industry is... View Article

New beginnings

James Parker visits a self-builder who overcame a bereavement to complete a beautiful timber-framed home in Cambridgeshire Self-build projects are normally demanding and stressful, especially if it’s your first time. Nikki Scrivens had to cope with a bereavement in addition... View Article
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