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Converting a barn is a chance to create a unique home in a rural location — so why do so many people get it wrong? Michael Holmes explains the key design issues, how to please the planners, and how to avoid the common mistakes.
Finding bats before you start work is the stuff of nightmares for many renovators. Paul Wagland looks at the options and discovers why it’s not quite as disastrous as you might think
How to save £1,000s on your labour and material costs with our guide to what HMRC won't tell you
Is subsidence necessarily terminal for an old house? Natasha Brinsmead investigates 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.
The cost details provided in HB&R are excellent. However one item that is troubling is the difference between the guideline costs provided by the RICS compared with that given by architects.
In Oxfordshire the RCIS numbers suggest a...
We have planning to build a house on our land, when we purchased the land 5 years ago we paid for electricity supply to a barn and mobile home, we paid for a new transformer to be put up on one of the poles going through our land.
We are in the middle of building a kitchen extension to create a large L-shaped room. The plan was to put underfloor heating into the new part of the room, using a wire matting system, then to polish the concrete into which it is set. I have...
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?