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Free guide explains benefits of...

Procter Cast Stone has published ‘The Self-Builder's Guide to Cast Stone’ to give self-builders a better understanding of the possibilities offered by...Read More
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Travis Perkins

BUILD WITH CONFIDENCE Building your own home is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make everything fit your own exacting standards. That’s the kind of...Read More
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Underfloor heating, heat recovery...

A STYLISH SOLUTION TO SUSTAINABLE LIVING With the rising cost of energy bills more and more homeowners and renovators are looking for ways to make...Read More
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Renovate or rebuild?

The decision to do up an old wreck or knock it down and start again is influenced by more than simple aesthetics. Tax breaks and maintenance costs could...Read More
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Timber Frames

Getting the best return on your investment with timber frame. Nowadays every self-builder is aware of the benefits associated with timber frame...Read More
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Starting your grand design

All the essential information you require to get your project off the ground Whether you’re considering a renovation, extension or architect-designed...Read More
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Hiring a quantity surveyor

Employing a professional to challenge your builder and/or architect on key issues like costings, value for money and quality control is a worthwhile...Read More
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Building abroad

With plots and old wrecks going for a song in some foreign locations, it’s tempting to snap up a bargain without checking out local laws and customs....Read More
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Choosing a construction method

The starting point for many a self-build project is how the home will be made, not least because it will have a major effect on the bottom line-the...Read More
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How to... get your foot on the...

For first-time buyers or parents looking to make a good investment for their children, could recent price drops in the housing market make this the...Read More
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Getting on with the neighbours

Living near a building site can be just as stress-inducing as running one, so spare a thought for those over the garden fence As the residents of...Read More
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Space

Think carefully about the space you already have, before cutting into it. A large area with good light and sight lines is a very precious thing, but not...Read More
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Building Regulations

Building regulations Building regs do not cover the installation of fitted furniture, such as a screened bed, platform or similar. ‘However, there will...Read More
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Layouts and Planning

Layouts and planning Your new addition must fit in with existing demands on any space and add to them without compromising a room’s primary function....Read More
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Style and Decor

A room divider is a bold style statement  to retain a sense of unity, blend in your addition using matched colours, materials, or even...Read More
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Should I Extend?

Pros If you love your house but need more space, this is a chance to stay and make it even better. An extension allows you to get stuck into a...Read More
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Do I Need Permission to...

Can you extend? You will need the freeholder’s/landlord’s permission and should check your deeds to ensure there are no restrictive...Read More
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How Can I Extend?

Above A loft conversion is a great way to gain living space without changing the external appearance of your home. Building a new storey is an obvious...Read More

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Challenging new-build

Don't be fooled by this fortress-like exterior: the walls conceal a light and...
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A modern French home

Vicky Thornton's decidedly modern home was designed to blend perfectly with its...
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A Pre-manufactured Cotswold Build...

Located in the village of Little Oddington, Oxfordshire, this contemporary house...
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Phantom Screens: Our Best...

Here at Phantom Screens we’re very proud of the premium quality of our door and...
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Eco Home

With a Fenland site perfectly suited to wind-turbine-generated electricity, Graeme...
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Meisterstueck-HAUS

Meisterstueck-HAUS, a 110-year-old German pre-manufacturing company which has been...
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KEEP PROPERTY WATERTIGHT WITH...

Flexseal, the UK's leading coupling manufacturer, is now distributing the...
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Innovative interiors

If you thought what's under your floors and walls was purely functional, it's time...
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Riverside new-build

Steve Clarke and Amanda Boot's ingenious home by the Thames in Surrey rests on a...
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A Coach House renovation

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