Inspiration and advice for your building project
Choosing the right type of brick is one of the most important decisions you will make when building a new home.
Answers to the questions most commonly asked by those looking to use or repair render
If you live in one of the so-called ‘stone belts’, you may well have to build in stone to satisfy the local planners. You may actually prefer to build in stone – it’s usually very attractive – but it’s a great deal more expensive than brickwork.
Mark Brinkley considers the different types of render, such as white, pre-coloured and lime render, and the purpose that render serves as an external finish.
How to choose the right brick (and bricklayers) for your building project
Often houses built during the 1950s, ’60s and even into the ’70s were built using cheap bricks or featured panels of concrete tile hanging or pebbledash — none of which do much in terms of aesthetics for the façade of a house. One of the very best ways...
Choosing the right bricks for your house's facade is a major decision as it's not something that can be easily altered once it's built. Smooth and contemporary or ‘weathered’ and handmade — there’s a brick to suit every project, here are some of the...
Timber cladding is more popular than ever - but how do you get it right? Our guide reveals all.