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A detailed guide to planning consultants. Includes what planning consultants do, when you might need one, how to find a good one and more.
A Q&A on water based underfloor heating. Questions answered by underfloor heating expert at Polypipe Home Solutions, Martin Dootson.
How do you claim your money — and maximise your savings? We explain the reclaiming process.
Is subsidence necessarily terminal for an old house? Natasha Brinsmead investigates 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.
How thick is a wall constructed with ICF and brickwork exterior?
We want to re render our half of a pebbledash semi detached - do we need planning permission for this? Also do we need planning permission to change white PVC window frames to black aluminium ones?
Is 7m frontage by 28m depth at bottom of long garden in conservation area big enough for a 2 bed Eco friendly house?
7m width plot onto Unadopted rd frontage and 28 m deep. There is a garage to one side with pitched roof and bungalow on...
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?