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  • 1/5: How to Solve Condensation

    Condensation is a problem in both period properties and newer homes, but what causes it and what...

  • 2/5: Eco Optimised Design

    Over the last few years, a new phrase has started doing the rounds in building circles that you may...

  • 3/5: Underfloor Heating for Renovators

    Installing wet underfloor heating pipes in existing homes has been very difficult — until now...

  • 4/5: Timber Decay

    The presence of wet or dry rot – not to mention wood beetle – can set alarm bells...

  • 5/5: Cost-Effective Woodburners

    Gallery: Jotul's F373 in white enamel finish, POA; The C-Four from Charnwood available in eight...

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  • Interior Wall Problems


    From cracks in the plaster to soundproofing (or lack of it), internal walls can throw up all sorts of problems in old homes. Step in chartered surveyor Ian Rock with the solutions

  • Keeping a Healthy Level of Airflow in New Homes


    As new homes are required to be ever more energy efficient, it is important to look at how innovation is helping housebuilders to achieve the right balance between air tightness and adequate ventilation.

  • Induction Cooking from Rangemaster


    This advanced technology offers precise control over cooking temperatures, it can take as little as five seconds for water to begin to boil and reducing it down to a simmer is just as quick.

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