Inspiration and advice for your building project
In our series examining key self-build decisions, Mark Brinkley compares the different types of floor structure on offer, including solid concrete, suspended concrete and suspended timber, plus insulation options.
We look at the improved energy efficiency of timber frames, and what makes them a great build system for any self build eco home
It is one of the hottest topics in the US self-build industry and beginning to make waves over here. Proponents claim SIPs are fast, easy and cheap to use. Mark Brinkley investigates and asks: is this the new timber frame?
A beginner's introduction to build systems
There are more ways than ever to build a roof structure - some quicker and easier than others. Mark Brinkley explains the various options, including the flat roof, the curved roof, the panellised roof and the trussed roof.
If you are looking for a house to do up, this simple checklist will help you spot potential — and the warning signs of problems that could be expensive to put right. In this part Michael Holmes looks at working out what needs replacing or repairing....
Investing in the structure is wiser than splashing out on finishes
A look at how structural movement can affect your home, and how to resolve it
In our comprehensive series looking at build costs, serial self-builder David Snell breaks down the figures for building the ground floor and explains what each payment covers
The challenge to deliver cost-efficient and super-performance homes has never been more applicable in today’s market.