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Working it from home

The hottest interior trends are making their way into the home office and what’s more, they could actually be aiding your productivity. Abby Chinery looks at the most desirable decor trends that you should be adopting. When it comes to... View Article

Pump it up

Max Halliwell of Mitsubishi Electric answers your questions on air source heat pumps and explains their particular benefits for self-builders What is so good about air source heat pumps versus traditional heating options for self-builders? The future of heating is... View Article

See the light

Omid Nikroo of Loxone UK shares some advice on smart lighting and why you should consider it for your build Lighting has been a ubiquitous feature in our homes since time .immemorial. Granted, the methods we use to light our... View Article

Bespoke v ready made: which is right for you?

Both bespoke furniture and ready-made pieces have their own set of benefits for self-builds – Selfbuilder & Homemaker speaks to two experts in the field to get their views on which way to go Once the walls are painted, the... View Article

Naturally beautiful

Stone Federation’s Matt Robb discusses what he sees as the unique visual appeal of natural stone, and what you should consider before using it in your self-build In a sector where aesthetics and durability are equally important and individuality is... View Article

Maximising the benefits from below

Toby Howard-Willis of JG Speedfit offers some advice on how to achieve the full benefit of an insulated underfloor heating system The self-builder market is increasingly looking towards underfloor heating (UHF) systems as a cost and energy efficient way to... View Article

Bi-fold door specification made clear

When it comes to buying bi-fold doors, there are various factors to bear in mind before laying out cash on such an important purchase. Solarlux breaks down the key areas to consider It may not seem so to the casual... View Article

Industrial revolution

Interior designer Gina Everett of Create Perfect gives some style tips on achieving the key current trend of a modern industrial look in the kitchen Trends by their nature tend to come and go in interiors, but when considering designing... View Article

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
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