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Who does what, and when? It might seem obvious, but when you’re running a building project, you’ll need to know exactly what to expect of each of the trades you employ — and how much you should be paying. David Snell continues the investigation by...
A guide to solar thermal. Includes expert tips, supplier advice and a case study.
There are a variety of different routes you can take to construct your dream home, says Jason Orme. But how do you decide which one is best for you?
How to save £1,000s on your labour and material costs with our guide to what HMRC won't tell you
How to spot the signs, how to treat it and what the long term implications may be
Unused attic space can become valuable living accommodation quite easily — and at surprisingly low cost. James Hatter explains all you need to know.
A friend of mine has just had a quote through for a small extension that comes in at around £3,000/m2 - it's a for a small utility room extension that can't be any bigger than 5m2 in new space. Builder initially quoted £14,000 but went...
I have just recieved a quotation for an electricity connection to my new self build, the price seems a little high for what they actually have to do . (7,000 pounds)
The connection will be a single phase supply off the main line which...
For a complete beginner with no skills, other than organising, what is the cheapest form of self-building? Blockwork, timber frame, hay bale, you name it — I’d be interested to know which construction route is the most cost-effective for me?