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  • 1/5: Warm Air Heating

    Warm air heating has come a long way since the 1970s, and eco expert Tim Pullen believes our...

  • 2/5: Co-Housing Projects

    Over the coming months we will be looking at alternatives to individual self builds. To start, Mark...

  • 3/5: Causes of Damp

    Damp is simply an excess of moisture that can’t escape. As expert David Kinsey explains,...

  • 4/5: Problems with Non-standard Construction

    This traditional style home was built out of 425mm-thick ThermoPlan Ziegel clay blocks Being ahead...

  • 5/5: Converting a Basement: The Process

    Where an ordinary extension or loft conversion isn't possible, homeowners are looking below...

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  • Conservation Areas


    The implications of designing a home in these areas and how to carefully plan your application

  • Custom Build Homes


    A look at the Government's recent housing policy initiative - custom build homes.

  • An Introduction to Custom Build


    Mark Brinkley looks at custom builds and the benefits for those frustrated by self build.

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