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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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  • Our Guide to Biomass Boilers

    Updated

    Biomass is a good option for many homes - but it's not always cheap. Here's our guide.

  • Renewable Heat Incentive Guide

    Updated

    The four technologies explained, and how much you might expect to receive in payment

  • Renovating Sash Windows

    Updated

    If your charming old sash windows look ready for the scrap yard, think again. Natasha Brinsmead explains the process of repair

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  • Village chapel conversion - what would I be letting myself in for?

    Hi,

    I am considering the option of buying a village chapel built 1840s. It is about 40sqm and would look to put in a mezzanine floor for half of it.

    It will need a new roof, with insulation and rooflights, inside walls stripped...

    Answers: 0
    Views: 14
  • Costs of an outdoor pavilion

    Hi

    I am looking for help with costing up the basics for a 25sqm timber pavilion. It is 5m wide at one end and 3 at the other and has a sloped roof. I was thinking of having timber post foundations and cladding it in timber too.

    ...
    Answers: 1
    Views: 40
  • Development with a mortgage or cash?

    Soon to graduate from a construction project management degree and am in the very early planning stages of setting up a company to renovate/develop properties in and around London, and looking for some good advice.

    I believe the...

    Answers: 0
    Views: 36
  • 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: 28,372
  • 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: 26,032
  • 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: 23,532