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An introductory guide to heat pumps with links to further information on our site
Self build mortgage rates table. Regularly updated table lists self build mortgages currently offered by a wide range of building societies. All data is sourced from moneyfacts.co.uk
A step-by-step guide, including video, shows you how the process works and what you need to plan
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 new to self-renovating and have had a lot of friends that were able to get a lot of their materials and objects from sites e.g. eBay.
Is there anyone doing this atm and do you have any tips?
Hi, I continually suffer from cracking grout in my dormer conversion shower room. The project was completed almost 4 years ago now and the quadrant shower has not really been used to its full potential. I am now on my 4th problem whereby the...
Hello I have a paddock which used to be part of my parents home, the septic tank is located on this and the outlet from it goes into land drains across a part of the paddock. It was well installed 25 years ago and there is no damp ground / odour...
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?