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Gill tells us how they came across the beautiful summerhouse which they will be converting into their home
You have to admire innovators. We live in a world that is changing more quickly than at any other time in history yet it doesn't make those advances easier. Someone has to come up with a good idea, test it (sometimes under challenging circumstances) and then assess whether it's...
Last week we went to the Homebuilding & Renovating Show at the NEC. We had a shortlist of suppliers we wanted to meet and also maybe just pick up some more ideas.
Having submitted our plans a couple of weeks ago, we were anxiously waiting to find out if the council had accepted our documentation for our planning application. We had been told it would take 14 working days for them to respond. We finally found out on the 13th day that our...
I spent a long time reading articles on how to find a plot and initially I was very confident. So I set out on a multi-pronged plot finding assault on Southern Hampshire. Unfortunately it proved more difficult than I had hoped.
Whether it's laying a floor, de-slating a roof, using a mini-digger or building a log-store, for the last four years our mantra has been, "how hard can it be?" Well, we're just about finished, and the answer is: sometimes very hard but always very rewarding.
Welcome to my blog I do hope it proves interesting to you to follow my self build journey. I am very fortunate to have a fantastic plot in Hampshire and am currently working through the design process.
Writing to Professor Wolfgang Feist, one of the founders of the Passivhaus standard, and asking him if he has dirt in his ductwork may not be typical behaviour. However, not only did the inquisitive Mark Siddall from LEAP elicit a response but Professor Feist did indeed take a...
Our housing stock is the oldest in Europe, but making the UK’s homes more sustainable and efficient is the only way to ensure their longevity, says Martin Godfrey Cook
Well, today was the day that we submitted our new plans to the local council. Although the basic ‘footprint’ of the house is marginally larger, the design of the house is somewhat different to what we already had planning permission for when we purchased the plot.