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Watch this space for real life project blogs from self-builders and renovators. You'll also find news, views and comments from the Editors and Experts behind Homebuilding & Renovating magazine. If you're interested in writing a blog on your own project, please get in touch.

Latest Blogs

  • The Uphill Battle

    Posted by Joe Shimbart on Monday 21st April 2014

    You may remember in my last blog article I had been elated at finding a plot and having an offer accepted. There were a few things that needed to be resolved but at most it seemed these would take a month or two. I already had a mortgage lender who seemed keen to support me...

  • Welcome to the Summerhouse

    Posted by Gill Meller on Friday 11th April 2014

    Gill tells us how they came across the beautiful summerhouse which they will be converting into their home

  • Why Might You Manufacture a House On-site?

    Posted by Ben Adam-Smith on Monday 7th April 2014

    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...

  • Homebuilding & Renovating Show at the NEC

    Posted by Darren Findlow and Anthony Higham on Thursday 3rd April 2014

    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.

  • The planning process

    Posted by Darren Findlow and Anthony Higham on Thursday 3rd April 2014

    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...

  • The Search For A Plot

    Posted by Joe Shimbart on Monday 31st March 2014

    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.

  • Housebuilding: How hard can it be?

    Posted by Eleanor Bradford on Thursday 27th March 2014

    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.

  • Why Self Build?

    Posted by Joe Shimbart on Sunday 23rd March 2014

    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.

  • How Does Poor Ventilation Occur in the Home?

    Posted by Ben Adam-Smith on Wednesday 19th March 2014

    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...

  • Making Old Homes Efficient is Essential to their Survival

    Posted by on Wednesday 12th March 2014

    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