Get your cladding quality right

John Russell of Russwood explains why using a premium quality timber cladding, along with the right fixing system, is vital to ensure your cladding looks good for the long term The popularity of timber as a cladding material is on... View Article

Be a septic sceptic!

Dave Vincent of Kingspan Klargester breaks down everything that self-builders need to know about the ins and outs of off-mains drainage, from legal issues to the variety of options available Building a home in a quiet rural setting offers the... View Article

Safe as well as sustainable stoves

Erica Malkin of the Stove Industry Alliance takes a look at the key considerations for self-builders looking to enjoy a wood burning stove in their new home, including recent changes in legislation Wood burning stoves offer a low carbon, renewable... View Article

Unique Carrara™ from COMPAC. Let there be light

Unique Carrara™ is an exciting new addition to COMPAC’s renowned Unique Collection – a distinctive and elegant range of quartz worksurfaces whose designs have been inspired by the textures, beauty and durability of nature’s rivers, forests, lakes, mountains and landscapes... View Article

Stelrad launches 3D augmented reality app

Stelrad Radiator Group has released a new augmented reality radiator App – Stelrad 3D – to help those choosing Stelrad radiators to envisage them in a real-life setting. The AR Radiator App is free and can be downloaded from the... View Article

Permitted paving

Although a requirement for most new developments, other – often forgotten – planning measures encouraging sustainable drainage (or SuDS) also apply to new or replacement paving around existing properties. They are explained in brand new editions of Interpave’s ‘Permitted Paving’... View Article

Lighten up the kitchen with Königstone’s Concrete Sand

For homeowners looking for a natural-looking engineered stone, then Königstone’s KönigQuartz worktop is the ideal material; the new neutral colour, Concrete Sand, perfectly complements all schemes. The light tones of the worktop will contrast with dark cabinetry to lighten a... View Article

From humble farmers’ cottages to luxury family home

Rowland Cottage in Lincolnshire is a four bedroom period property that started life as a set of three farmers’ cottages, a smithy and a joinery workshop. It has been extensively renovated and reformed to provide a luxury characterful home. Being... View Article

Snickers Workwear FlexiWork insulated jackets and trousers

Superb insulation and full weather protection for optimal comfort on site. Street-smart, stylish looks and market-leading GORE-TEX and 37.5® fabric technology make these jackets and trousers a must for winter on site or for outdoor leisure activities. You’ll stay warm and... View Article

BAL Pourable One makes floor tiling easy

BAL Pourable One floor tile adhesive is perfect for fixing natural stone and large format ceramics, porcelain and terrazzo. One bag for all floor installations Like all the “One” range of BAL enhanced tile adhesives, BAL Pourable One is available... View Article

Enabling toilet tech

When limitations make doing anything an effort, one man has found a great way to enable him to spend time doing what he wants to do, rather than what he has to do… Stephen Savill, 58, has been disabled since... View Article

Earthborn’s historic paint colours

Earthborn is well known for its high performing, eco friendly paints that are healthier to live with and better for the planet. With a host of unique qualities, Earthborn is the perfect choice for listed buildings and period homes. From... View Article

Self-build novice wins date with TV’s George Clarke

Mitsubishi Electric has announced the winner of its Self-Build Competition, which offered one keen self-builder the chance to meet with architect and TV presenter George Clarke for an advice session as well as winning a market-leading renewable heating system. The... View Article

Bring the outside in

Q: How can I use the outside space to achieve a seamless light-filled home? A: Crittall’s Innervision internal sliding doors and screens and Corporate W20 windows and doors for external application provide the perfect solution. Summer, winter, rain or shine,... View Article

The kitchen in a day that helps save the world!

Remodelling a kitchen is the quick, cost-effective alternative to the disruption and inconvenience of a total replacement. Remodelling is fast; and the resultant dream kitchen is certainly no compromise. Granite & TREND Transformations specialises in kitchen and bathroom makeovers which... View Article

Stunning jetty finished with Osmo UK

After installing a jetty to provide safe access to his boat, a marine enthusiast was looking for a product that would protect the wooden decking from the elements whilst also enhancing its natural grain. Painter and decorator, Robert Moore of... View Article

Snickers Workwear New ALLroundWork Jackets and Gilets

NEW Winter Jackets and Gilets – insulated and water-resistant. These new ALLroundWork Jackets and Gilets are just what the name suggests – delivering a great all-round performance on site with a Ripstop water-resistant outer fabric and a coated inner fabric... View Article