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Bespoke v ready made: which is right for you?

Both bespoke furniture and ready-made pieces have their own set of benefits for self-builds – Selfbuilder & Homemaker speaks to two experts in the field to get their views on which way to go Once the walls are painted, the... View Article

Naturally beautiful

Stone Federation’s Matt Robb discusses what he sees as the unique visual appeal of natural stone, and what you should consider before using it in your self-build In a sector where aesthetics and durability are equally important and individuality is... View Article

Maximising the benefits from below

Toby Howard-Willis of JG Speedfit offers some advice on how to achieve the full benefit of an insulated underfloor heating system The self-builder market is increasingly looking towards underfloor heating (UHF) systems as a cost and energy efficient way to... View Article

Hiding in Plain ‘Site’

Mortar made from a sand and cement blend has long been one of the staple products across the UK’s housebuilding sector. However, just because it is tried, tested and familiar, doesn’t necessarily mean it is always the best product in... View Article

Bringing light home

Chris Chaney of Sunsquare explains how rooflights can improve daylighting, boost wellbeing and minimise a building’s energy consumption. Spiralling property prices plus a lack of appropriate accommodation to move into have led to many homeowners preferring to carry out significant... View Article

Realistic rainwater storage

Ian Crickmore of Polypipe Terrain explains how adopting rainwater harvesting systems can provide sustainable drainage solutions in space-constrained urban areas. Obsessing over rain is something of a national pastime, but capturing rainwater could help meet sites’ increased drainage demands, particularly... View Article

Bi-fold door specification made clear

When it comes to buying bi-fold doors, there are various factors to bear in mind before laying out cash on such an important purchase. Solarlux breaks down the key areas to consider It may not seem so to the casual... View Article

Get smart, get control

Edward Lees of Feilo Sylvania shines the light on how sophisticated smart lighting control systems can offer efficiency benefits as well as design flexibility. The industry is now well versed in the benefits of LED technology and the energy savings... View Article

Fostering collaboration

Unifying technical data may be BIM’s most celebrated feature for some, but for Tim Checketts of Assa Abloy its major benefit is interdisciplinary collaboration. Digital technology has become instrumental to maximising productivity in the construction industry, but often the focus is... View Article

Practice Profile – Wilson Associates

James Parker reports on an established and growing international practice which is renowned for its luxury interior architectural design. Wilson Associates, founded in 1971, now has a truly global reach with eight offices across six continents, its success built on... View Article

Family fortunes

With multi-generational living on the increase in the UK, how can developers design bathrooms that meet the needs of all? Daniel Ward of  Twyford, looks at some of the options. The way we live is changing: the effects of rising... View Article

When the smoke has cleared

Teodora Lyubomirova looks at the likely impact of the Grenfell Tower investigation on the building industry, and what it means for the future of refurbishment. If the Ronan Point explosion dealt the blow that transformed building codes in the early... View Article

Industrial revolution

Interior designer Gina Everett of Create Perfect gives some style tips on achieving the key current trend of a modern industrial look in the kitchen Trends by their nature tend to come and go in interiors, but when considering designing... View Article

Everything you need under one roof

Looking for guidance on your self-build? The National Self Build and Renovation Centre in Swindon is the place to go for help with any aspect of a project, as Roseanne Field reports The National Self Build & Renovation Centre (NSBRC),... View Article

The best laid plans

For many self-builders, finding a plot to build on is the biggest hurdle, but for one retired couple using their own land proved just as problematic, for a host of reasons. Roseanne Field reports Set back from the main A22... View Article
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