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  • 1/5: Flat Roof Repair

    In the past flat roofs have had a reputation for being leaky and unstable, high maintenance and...

  • 2/5: Extensions Design Guide

    1. Reconfigure What’s There As well as adding new space, reconfiguring the existing room...

  • 3/5: Solar Power: In Depth Guide

    Thanks to improvements and innovations in technology and a wealth of Government incentives, the...

  • 4/5: Breathable Insulation

    A breathing wall is one that allows air, moisture, odours, and the toxins carried in the air, to...

  • 5/5: Warm Air Heating

    Warm air heating has come a long way since the 1970s, and eco expert Tim Pullen believes our...

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  • Heat Pumps


    An introductory guide to heat pumps with links to further information on our site

  • Self Build Mortgages: Current Rates


    Self build mortgage rates table. Regularly updated table lists self build mortgages currently offered by a wide range of building societies. All data is sourced from

  • Installing a Woodburner


    A step-by-step guide, including video, shows you how the process works and what you need to plan

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  • Using online sites (e.g.eBay) to self-renovate?


    I am new to self-renovating and have had a lot of friends that were able to get a lot of their materials and objects from sites e.g. eBay.

    Is there anyone doing this atm and do you have any tips?

    Many thanks,


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  • Help with cracking grout in dormer conversion shower room

    Hi, I continually suffer from cracking grout in my dormer conversion shower room. The project was completed almost 4 years ago now and the quadrant shower has not really been used to its full potential. I am now on my 4th problem whereby the...

    Answers: 0
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  • Can I build on the site of an old septic tank & land drain

    Hello I have a paddock which used to be part of my parents home, the septic tank is located on this and the outlet from it goes into land drains across a part of the paddock. It was well installed 25 years ago and there is no damp ground / odour...

    Answers: 1
    Views: 50
  • Are these extension costs too high?

    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...

    Answers: 9
    Views: 28,577
  • Cost of electricity connection to new build

    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...

    Answers: 9
    Views: 26,261
  • What's the cheapest way to self-build?

    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?

    Answers: 3
    Views: 23,705