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Everything you need to know about building or renovating your own home - from finding a plot to fitting a skirting board. If you're new to the idea, check out our Beginner's section. We've also got leading expert advice on project success, planning permission, technical guides, DIY projects and much more.

  • 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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  • A Guide to Permitted Development Rules

    Updated

    We explain in simple terms what you can, and can't, do under Permitted Development.

  • Building an Energy Efficient Home

    Updated

    The Building Regulations have recently changed and meeting the requirements of the new Part L have become more onerous. It is no longer sufficient to insulate to a minimum standard and allow for shoddy workmanship and then pass the regulations by bolting...

  • How to Lay Solid Wood Flooring

    Updated

    You can install this timeless flooring on a DIY basis. We show you how

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