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Everything you need to know about building or renovating your own home - from finding a plot to fitting a skirting board. If you're new to the idea, check out our Beginner's section. We've also got leading expert advice on project success, planning permission, technical guides, DIY projects and much more.

  • 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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  • sound proofing timber frame

    What is the best way of sound proofing a timber frame?

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  • ICF

    Are there any package companies out there who would use ICF and have an option to build to weathertight stage?

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  • Small Bathrooms - is underfloor heating worth installing?

    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.

    As...

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  • 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...

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  • 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: 26,102
  • 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: 23,596