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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

    Jason Orme explains how to choose the right one and why their cost-effectiveness is really all...

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  • Knocking Down Internal Walls


    Knocking through internal walls can be a great way of making the most of your existing space, but there’s a lot to consider first, as chartered surveyor Ian Rock explains

  • Sealed Bids


    How to maximise your chances of success if the house you plan to buy goes to sealed bids

  • Recycling Water


    Tim Pullen evaluates how water recycling systems can help minimise water use and waste

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    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...

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    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...

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