Advice has teamed up with some of the country's leading authorities on a wide range of subjects from architecture, planning to interior design and building regs to bring you the very latest advice. Successful planning, saving money and making your home eco friendly, are just some of the key advice features you'll find in this section.



Self Build Zone: Insurance

Is your home covered? The right type of insurance is critical for your peace of mind. Self Build Zone and Build Zone can help you find the right type of...Read More

Skylights - All you need to...

As the first skylight manufacturer to have its skylights BSI accredited, Sunsquare, offers its advice on what to consider when choosing a...Read More

Right to Build

Ted Stevens discusses the government's new Right to Build... You may have heard about the Government's new Right to Build. It was trumpeted by the...Read More

Essential Build Planning

Ted Stevens discusses if you fail to prepare... then you should prepare to fail Almost every day I get someone enthusiastic about building their own...Read More

Ask the experts

Ask Kevin Can a single storey be more than a bungalow?I've recently bought a site that already has planning permission, but owing to privacy issues,...Read More

Planning Officer

Phil Kirby, President of the Planning Officers Society, shares his expert opinions on how to deal with applications... What can I do if my application...Read More

An Electrician

Richard Gould Business Development Manager – Special Projects for NAPIT offers his expert opinion... How can I check their credentials? This is not an...Read More

How to deal with Builders

Julia Evans, chief executive of the National Federation of Builders, reveals how to deal with builders... How can I check a builder’s...Read More

An Interior Designer

Interior Designer, Adrienne Chinn offers her expert advice... When should I hire an interior designer? At beginning of the planning stage – they will...Read More


This hazardous material could be lurking in your home, so make sure you're clued up! What is asbestos? Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that...Read More


Jonathan Hetreed, author of The Damp House, explains how to recognise and deal with damp in your home The causes of dampness in houses are often...Read More

Dry Rot

Dry rot is a fungus that can seriously damage the structure of your house, so make sure you're aware of the dangers Dry rot is a fungus that thrives in...Read More

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