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  • 1/5: How to Solve Condensation

    Condensation is a problem in both period properties and newer homes, but what causes it and what...

  • 2/5: Eco Optimised Design

    Over the last few years, a new phrase has started doing the rounds in building circles that you may...

  • 3/5: Underfloor Heating for Renovators

    Installing wet underfloor heating pipes in existing homes has been very difficult — until now...

  • 4/5: Timber Decay

    The presence of wet or dry rot – not to mention wood beetle – can set alarm bells...

  • 5/5: Cost-Effective Woodburners

    Gallery: Jotul's F373 in white enamel finish, POA; The C-Four from Charnwood available in eight...

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  • How to Choose a Timber Frame System


    So you want to build or extend using timber? As Mark Brinkley explains, you’ll have plenty of decisions still to make

  • How to Repair a Roof


    From slipped slated to sagging roofs, Ian Rock explains how to fix common roof problems

  • CDM 2015


    The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations have been updated, meaning that they now apply to domestic projects too

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