Getting brickwork right

Sean Wilkins of the Brick Development Association gives specification, design and workmanship tips that will ensure that your brickwork is successful Despite being used for thousands of years with evidence of their use in the UK dating back to the... View Article

Long distance champions

How virtual project management was the answer for long-distance clients to turn a Victorian vicarage into a modern masterpiece TEXT JAYNE DOWLE IMAGES MATTHEW CATTELL When the major renovation of Melinda and Chris Swann’s Victorian vicarage near Henley-on-Thames in Oxfordshire... View Article

European promotion for VitrA’s Margaret Talbot

Margaret Talbot, marketing manager for VitrA bathrooms in the UK, has been promoted to Regional Marketing Manager – Europe. Margaret joined the Oxfordshire based bathroom company, which is part of Turkey’s largest industrial groups, the Eczacıbaşı Group, in 2016.  Following... View Article

The major benefits of buying a new build property

Buying a new build is an excellent choice for any prospective homeowner. They make the perfect starter or family homes and have a wealth of potential for creating your ideal home. New builds are also highly cost-effective and a safe... View Article

Tapping into savings

Stephen Johnson from Quooker UK talks through the benefits of boiling water taps, and how including them in your project not only gives convenience, but can also help save energy Boiling water taps have grown rapidly in popularity over the... View Article

New Year, New Home: Graven Hill reveals latest range of custom build properties

Graven Hill, the UK’s largest self and custom build development in Bicester, Oxfordshire, has released a new selection of three and five-bedroom custom build properties, for buyers looking to kickstart the year with a new home.   Designed with modern family living in mind, The Swale and The Glade are positioned a short walk from Graven Hill’s ancient historic... View Article

Contemporary blend

Set in a secluded Hampshire valley, a very contemporary home blends into its rural setting thanks to a design by two architectural practices that echoes traditional local buildings. James Parker reports TEXT JAMES PARKER IMAGES RICHARD CHIVERS Astrikingly modern house... View Article

Layer cake

The Hammills caused quite a stir when they remodelled a tired old Thirties house in York into a very modern home that became the talk of the town TEXT & IMAGES HEATHER DIXON Passers-by thought Erica and Michael Hammill’s house... View Article

Setting the bar high

After a couple of frustrating years spent hunting for a new home, Paul and Sarka embarked on a self-build journey with Huf Haus to realise a property that met their high expectations TEXT EMMA HEDGES IMAGES LOTHAR REHERMANN Making the... View Article

A chalet for all seasons

Christa and Del Dobson had been planning their alpine-style project for nearly 20 years, and it has finally come to fruition in a luxurious off-grid chalet TEXT NICHOLA HUNTER IMAGES DOUGLAS GIBB Although Christa grew up in England, her mother’s... View Article

Seven interior designs trends to watch in 2021

Homeowners looking to spruce up their abodes this year can look to the latest and emerging trends from interior design experts to add style and value to properties. From cleverly mixing modern with vintage, to maximising natural light and getting... View Article

A modern wood stove experience

Island Pellet Stoves offer a range of British manufactured innovative and efficient wood pellet stoves and boilers. Our stoves offer a modern wood stove experience with quiet operation, beautiful wood flames and very low emissions. We are first to offer... View Article

Bespoke oak frame buildings by Welsh Oak Frame

Welsh Oak Frame design and build bespoke oak frame homes, extensions, garden rooms and outbuildings. We offer a full architectural design and planning application service, taking the strain of the planning process away from you. Our architectural designers will work... View Article

Know your VAT position

Andrew Jones the VATman is the leading specialist on the VAT431 scheme for reclaiming VAT on self-builds, covering both new builds and conversions. Selfbuilder + Homemaker asked him to explain more about the ins and outs of the scheme, and... View Article

Earthborn paints pass the latest Toy Safety Standard

Earthborn is known for its distinctive paints that are better for the environment and healthier to live with. And its environmentally friendly formulations are now certified as child safe paints too! Independently tested to meet the latest Toy Safety Standard... View Article