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The UK has the oldest housing stock in Europe, but to ensure these pieces of our history remain, we need to make them sustainable and efficient.
Biomass is a good option for many homes - but it's not always cheap. Here's our guide.
The four technologies explained, and how much you might expect to receive in payment
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.
What is the best way of sound proofing a timber frame?
Are there any package companies out there who would use ICF and have an option to build to weathertight stage?
The house ground solid floor will have wet underfloor heating. The two bathrooms upstairs will be on joists/wood floor. After the fitting of the bathroom suites there will be approximately 2 and 3sqm of free floor areas for pipe work.
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?