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Code for Sustainable Homes

It's mandatory for all new homes built to be measured against the Code for Sustainable Homes.  What is it? It's a system designed to measure the...Read More

Assessing the Property For...

Thorough preliminary research will safeguard your finances from being thrown down the drain First impressions Take note of the surrounding areas – if...Read More

Where to find a Property to...

Even the most derelict of houses can be a great opportunity, but not all houses in need of renovation will be profitable Auctions Repossessed houses...Read More

Do You Need Planning...

Not all building projects require planning permission, but it's always best to check with your local planning authority Not all building work requires...Read More

Types of Application –...

There are several types of planning consent, so make sure you have the right application form Outline Planning Consent Most plots are sold with this...Read More

Build Route and Size –...

Build costs will be heavily influenced by the level of involvement that you will have in the project Route 1 Using a main contractor requires the...Read More

Possible Problems –...

Self-building is a complicated process, so avoid these dangers and make your project a success Don’t be Inflexible – nothing in the building process...Read More

How to Get Planning Approval –...

Top tips for planning success   Speak to a local planner They will be able to advise whether an extension or remodel is possible for your...Read More

Fees – Renovation/Conversion

If you're buying a building to renovate or convert, be aware of the fees you will have to pay Estate Agents' Fees Most agents charge a fee of around...Read More

Inspection Stages –...

Building Regulations require that notice is given to the local authority at certain stages of the build Building Regulations Inspection...Read More

Building Schedule –...

Having a building schedule will ensure nothing is overlooked StepWhat to do next 1 Get a mortgage in principle 2 Search for and short...Read More

Finding An Architect For Your...

Don't underestimate how crucial an architect is to your project - they can save you time, money and stress Should you hire an architect? The majority...Read More

How To Manage Your...

Are you the right person to manage your project? If you've arranged a wedding or organised a big holiday, then you’ve managed a project. But whereas...Read More

Loft Conversions

Making use of unused roof space will add space and value to you home Loft conversions are top of the home improvements list in terms of value for...Read More

Install A Wine Cellar

If you’re a connoisseur of wine – a cellar could be a great way to make more of an unused space Basements are the obvious choice but wine cellars can...Read More

Create A Utility Room

Utility rooms are great for freeing up space in the kitchen Relocating the washing machine and tumble dryer out of the kitchen frees up valuable space,...Read More

Factor In Another Bathroom

A second bathroom can add value to your home A second bathroom is becoming more important in modern homes, and extending to create an extra one is a...Read More

Create A Bigger Kitchen

Adding a new kitchen can add serious value to your home Structurally, this is similar to adding living space, although more expensive (from £25,000)...Read More

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A Maida Vale apartment...

A Maida Value apartment renovation Warren and Claire Johnson transformed a badly...

A riverside renovation

When Anna and Clive Wolman started looking for a new house, they weren’t hunting...

A Coach House renovation

Eoin Foyle loves a good party. As the owner of a live-music venue in Dublin, it’s...

An architecturally inspiring...

Lewisham isn’t often associated with architecturally inspiring properties –...

Right to Build

Ted Stevens discusses the government's new Right to Build... You may have heard...

An eco-friendly countryside...

Jane and Ian McClintock’s sustainable build project has created a home that suits...

Self Build Zone: Insurance

Is your home covered? The right type of insurance is critical for your peace of...

Trespa Pura NFC specified for new...

Discovering Trespa’s high pressure laminate cladding provided the answer to a...

The help of an Interior...

Mark and Sally Wnek enlisted the help of interior designer Sue Timney to help them...

A Radical Remodel

Cat Knightley and Mav Gibbins worked hard to lovingly convert a...

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