Passive impressive

LISTEN HERE A retired eco building enthusiast fulfilled a dream to create an ultra low energy home by upgrading a barn he originally built in North Yorkshire using ‘Passive House’ principles Text:Jayne Dowle Images: Green Building Store When Pete Smith... View Article

Hope for the best

LISTEN HERE Nicki Hogg’s self-build saw her and her partner go from surprise auction to acquiring a desirable south Devon plot in Hope Cove for their forever home Text & Images: Ewen Macdonald It was a chance visit to a... View Article

Open House London

LISTEN HERE Despite having no initial plans to alter their traditional Victorian family home in Greenwich, David and Nicola Fleming ended up reinventing it, building two highly contemporary extensions which dramatically improve look and layout Text: Debbie Jeffery Images: Joseph... View Article

A different view

LISTEN HERE Despite a distinct lack of windows and character in general, Philippa Neilson-Factor and husband Tony took a punt on reinventing an uninspiring Essex bungalow with potential for an amazing outlook Text Karen Wilson Images ODC Door & Glass... View Article

New venture Belvedere Stone joins forces with BAL

Launched in February, Belvedere Stone is part of the Lovell Stone Group, a family-owned company who own and operate five quarries in the UK. The company has taken its significant knowledge and technical expertise and applied that to source stones... View Article

The hottest trends

LISTEN HERE Steve Birch of Vogue (UK) explores the latest bathroom heating trends for 2020. The desire for versatile, energy-efficient solutions in the home has given the industry the opportunity to create new designs which are lightweight, non-polluting, durable and... View Article

An ‘I’ on innovation

LISTEN HERE Angus Macfarlane of James Jones & Sons discusses the increasing popularity of I-joists, and their inherent economic, technical and environmental benefits for addressing the current challenges the housebuilding industry faces. With the Government’s promise to build 300,000 new... View Article

Decking – do your homework

LISTEN HERE Sarah Francis of Arbor Forest Products gives an insight into how to spot quality decking products – both in terms of timber and composite options. Despite our changeable weather, we Brits are a nation of garden-lovers: even if... View Article

The multi-generational living opportunity

LISTEN HERE The growing trend of multiple generations living together in one house offers a whole new market for housebuilders – they just need to consider age-inclusive and flexible design options, says David Schill of Aritco Lifts. Much has been... View Article

The Pool House, Warwickshire

Environmental credentials and performance were why Kerakoll products were chosen for the Pool House, a development that included internal and external tiling and engineered oak flooring. This modern house on a beautiful site overlooked by Oversley Castle was purchased as... View Article

Marmox Showerlay360 – behind great bathrooms

Marmox, synonymous with high-performance tiling preparation, waterproofing and insulating solutions for showers and wet rooms has always been behind great bathrooms. Now with Marmox Showerlay 360 floor level shower bases, Marmox is providing architects and designers with the latest in... View Article

An opportunity our industry MUST take

With an open Government-led consultation to review the ban on the use of combustible materials in and on the external walls of buildings, Paul Richards, Managing Director of Aquarian Cladding Systems, discusses why a balanced explanation is needed to enable... View Article

The successful specification of anti-terrorism solutions

Professionals involved in the planning, design and ongoing management of public spaces and streetscapes must consider and address a number of factors when looking at site security and safety. Here, Mark Lester of Hörmann UK, explores the key issues and... View Article

Home wellness: bringing the spa into your home

The wellness boom is showing no signs of slowing down, with the industry forecast to be worth more than £20 billion by January 2021. Most recently, the wellness industry has been turning its focus to creating healthier living spaces. From... View Article

Tessera Earthscape – seeing things from above

As the distance from ground level increases, patterns, textures and colours reveal themselves upon the canvas of the earth. And it is this new perspective of the world, which inspired Forbo Flooring Systems’ design team to develop its new carpet... View Article