Choosing the right garage door for your new home

David O’Mara, marketing manager at garage door manufacturer Hörmann, highlights the different options available. Although it’s often one of the last decisions to be made on a self-build project, the choice of garage door is not necessarily an easy one.... View Article

Grand Designs Live celebrates 10th birthday

Grand Designs Live, sponsored by Anglian Home Improvements, is set to return to Birmingham from 8-11 October 2015. The exhibition event, celebrating its 10th anniversary, offers visitors a chance to view the latest trends and unseen products in self-build, from... View Article

Edging – your gardens ultimate finishing touch

Peter at EverEdge looks at the different types of edging available to self-builders to give their new properties the finishing touch. It is often the finishing touches to a property that make or break a design and landscape edging really... View Article

Taking the long term view

Farmers Fran and Simon Ackerley waited seven years to build a home designed with future generations in mind words and pictures by Heather Hixon. When Fran and Simon Ackerley bought 200 acres of prime east yorkshire farm land in 2008... View Article

A breath of fresh air

Improving indoor air quality with modern ventilation, by Jon Hill, Technical Manager of Polypipe Ventilation. All dwellings need a supply of fresh outdoor air, not just for the health and comfort of the occupants, but also to control condensation, disperse... View Article

A futuristic family farmhouse

Paul and Maria Richardson constructed a home that combines the best of both worlds – integrating a traditional working farmhouse with the practicalities and technologies of modern living. Nestled in the heart of the rolling Cambridgeshire countryside lies a traditional... View Article

Lights and shadows, old and new

Chris Harrison, director of J.G Harrison & Sons Ltd. discusses some of the options available to self-builders when specifying lighting When embarking on a comprehensive lighting design for a cutting-edge new build, budding developers can experience a heady combination of... View Article

Staircases for self-build projects: best foot forward

Phil Chimento, general manager at JELD-WEN stairs gives his top tips on how to create an eye-catching centrepiece with any budget, and key things to consider when planning your staircase It’s likely that a staircase will be a major consideration... View Article

Choosing bricks for self-build homes

Graham Irving, managing director of Bovingdon Bricks explores the use of brick in self-build homes. For centuries clay bricks have been an integral part of the English architectural landscape and they continue to be the single most popular way of constructing a house. In... View Article

What to look for when insulating your new build

Matt Rhodes, the national specification manager at one of the leading insulation manufacturers, Actis, talks through the key features to look out for when building an energy efficient home. Previously the preserve of particularly green leaning people, energy efficiency is... View Article

Smart thinking

Tennant, Marketing Director of smart homes specialists Cyberhomes, discusses the latest automation technology and features that house-buyers are increasingly looking for. Customers today are interested in a flexible, user-friendly approach to remotely control and programme devices in their homes, provided by the latest intuitive... View Article

Truly sustainable timber

Sustainability has been a dominant theme in construction for many years. We all want the houses we build to be energy efficient and have a minimum environmental impact, and that sentiment extends to the specific materials we use in construction.... View Article

Now is the time to create a stunning home

The fourth Northern Home Show is on at Manchester Central from 3 – 5 July and right now is a great time to enhance, renovate, extend or even build your own home. With the property market and the economy continuing... View Article

Islands in the dream

A look at the use of islands in your dream kitchen, by Michael Wright, of Michael Wright Kitchens and Interiors, leading luxury kitchen specialist Contemporary kitchens offering multi- tasking island life are catching the on-trend eye. Kitchen islands are a... View Article

Expert speakers and the latest ideas

11-12 June 2015, American Express Stadium, Brighton @EcoTechShow A lower carbon future is only going to happen if builders actually use eco technology… and experience shows that self-builders are most willing to embrace new ideas and show others the way... View Article

Renewing your faith in fuel

Calor Gas explores the latest green options available for rural living and explains how LPG can be the ideal partner fuel for modern renewable systems What springs to mind when you conjure up an image of your dream home? Is it the... View Article

Small scale sewage treatment

Just as ‘Transport’ is evolving into ‘Logistics’ so ‘Sewage’ is rapidly evolving into ‘Waste Water’. Mark Newbery, consultant at Burnham Environmental Services Ltd explains further If your self-build does not have access to mains drainage by gravity or pumping then... View Article