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Utilise Wasted Space

Unused areas can add space and value to your home Many houses have outside areas such as side returns and passages that can be glazed and incorporated...Read More

Basement Conversions

Converting a basement is a great way to gain extra space Using the space beneath your home is a great way to gain extra room as you’re effectively...Read More

Plan a Double-Height Extension

Building a double-height extension costs less per metre squared than a single storey addition If you need extra space on the first floor as well as...Read More

Build An Extension

Extra living space is the holy grail for all homeowners, and the good news is that you don’t always need to move to find it. If your plot is big...Read More

Installing Underfloor Heating

Stephen Rooney, Retail Distribution Manager of DEVI explains... 1 What are the benefits? As well as being a comfortable, economical and...Read More

How Can I Save Money on My...

Saving money is very important when taking on a home project - follow these steps to avoid throwing cash down the drain Be clear from the start about...Read More

How can I speed up the planning...

There is no getting around the planning process, but there are things you can do to avoid any hold-ups Allow sufficient time and resources to...Read More

What can I do if my application is...

A refusal doesn't necessarily mean the end of your project Study the reasons for refusal that are set out on the decision notice. If you need...Read More

Submitting an Application –...

Making sure your application has all the information your planning office requires is vital to avoiding costly delays What you'll need Up to five...Read More

How to Get Self-build Planning...

Top tips for planning success Plots without permission There’s no use buying a plot of land that’s never going to be given residential use, or one...Read More

Planning Process Explained

The planning process can seem complicated and daunting – but this easy to follow guide will take you through the process step-by-step, explaining...Read More

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An Oxfordshire barn conversion

When David McLaren started hunting for a new home in rural Oxfordshire, he had a...

Right to Build

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

Innovative interiors

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A Coach House renovation

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Trespa Pura NFC specified for new...

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

Matchbox Architects shortlisted...

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Solid wall insulation – Greengauge...

A significant proportion of the houses in the UK were constructed before 1920. If...

Phantom Screens: Our Best...

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A Modern Home Set in Idyllic...

Having waited 14 years to gain permission to build their own home on a plot on the...


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