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