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Homebuilding & Renovating is the essential go-to resource for anyone who wants to build or improve their own home. Whether in print, online or live, with Homebuilding & Renovating you can find all the expert advice, product knowledge and design inspiration you need to create the home you want.

Meet the Team

Claire Lloyd

Claire is Editor of Homebuilding & Renovating and has been a member of the team for over 13 years. An experienced homes journalist, her work has appeared in Real Homes and Period Living magazines. She has a particular interest in green homes, and interior design is also a passion; she has undertaken qualifications in this area. Claire has recently finished her renovation project — and is now onto the next.

Natasha Brinsmead

Natasha is Homebuilding & Renovating’s Associate Editor and has been a member of the team for over two decades. An experienced journalist and renovation expert, she has written for a number of homes titles. She has renovated a terrace and is at the end of the DIY renovation and extension of her Edwardian cottage. She is now looking for her next project.

Michelle Guy

Michelle is Homebuilding & Renovating’s Deputy Editor. With an editorial career spanning more than 18 years, Michelle spent time working on educational magazines and websites until her career took an exciting turn into the world of homes and interiors. Working on sister titles Real Homes and Period Living, she then joined the Homebuilding team in November 2018. She’s just completed her second kitchen renovation project, armed with an ever-growing knowledge of homebuilding advice and design inspo (and a Pinterest board or two, of course). She's about to embark on another bathroom refurb project.

Jason Orme

The former Editor of Homebuilding & Renovating magazine, Jason is an experienced self builder and has recently finished renovating his 1960s home. Jason is now Managing Director of Future PLC's Homes' portfolio, which includes UK-leading titles such as Ideal Homes, Livingetc and Homes & Gardens. He is also the author of The Self Build Dream. You can catch Jason in the seminar theatres and Advice Centre at many of the Homebuilding & Renovating Shows across the UK.

Michael Holmes

Michael is Homebuilding & Renovating's Director of Content, and Vice Chair of the National Custom and Self Build Association (NaCSBA), presenter of multiple property TV shows and author of Renovating for Profit (Ebury). He is one of the country's leading property experts and has undertaken over 30 building projects including two self-builds and the renovation of a Grade-II listed farmhouse. Michael is also a regular expert in the seminar theatres and Advice Centre at the Homebuilding & Renovating Show.

Amy Reeves

Assistant Editor Amy began working for Homebuilding & Renovating in 2018. She has an interest in sustainable building methods and always has her eye on the latest design ideas. Amy has interviewed countless self builders, renovators and extenders about their experiences for Homebuilding & Renovating magazine. She is currently renovating a mid-century home, together with her partner, on a DIY basis, and has recently fitted her own kitchen.

Sarah Handley

Sarah is Web Editor of She began her career more than a decade ago, working for a trade building magazine, before joining the wider Homebuilding & Renovating team as Social Media Editor in 2012. Since purchasing her first house in 2015, Sarah has been adding to the ever-increasing list of home improvements she needs to make. She has just undertaken a kitchen renovation; she now plans to extend above her garden. Fortunately, in her nine years on Team Homebuilding, she is not short on design inspiration or top tips to tackle or project manage these tasks herself.

Hugh Metcalf

Hugh is Digital Editor of and has worked on a range of home, design and property magazines, including Grand Designs. Hugh has developed a passion for modern architecture and green homes, and moonlights as an interior designer, having designed and managed projects ranging from single rooms to whole house renovations and large extensions. He's currently renovating a Victorian terrace in Essex, DIYing as much of the work as possible. His current project is a kitchen renovation which involves knocking through walls and landscaping a courtyard garden. 

Jack Woodfield

Jack is News Editor for Homebuilding & Renovating, and strives to break the most relevant and beneficial stories for self builders, extenders and renovators, including the latest news on the construction materials shortage and planning reforms. Having bought his first home in 2013, he and his wife have renovated almost every room and recently finished a garden renovation.

Guest Experts

David Snell 

The author of Building Your Own Home, David is a serial self builder and has been building homes for 50 years. He is one of the UK's leading self build experts and has written for Homebuilding & Renovating for nearly three decades. He is also a plotfinding expert and has sourced building plots for countless budding self builders up and down the UK. He has self built 14 homes.

Rebecca Foster

Rebecca began her journalism career writing for a luxury property magazine in Bangkok, before re-locating to London and becoming a features editor for a self build magazine. She is an experienced homes and interiors journalist and has written for many homes titles including Homebuilding & Reenovating, Ideal Home and Period Living. She has expertise on a wealth of topics — from oak frame homes to kitchen extensions. She has a passion for Victorian architecture; her dream is to extend an 1800s house.

Ian Rock, MRICS

Chartered surveyor Ian is the author of eight popular Haynes House Manuals and is a director is He is also in the process of adding a large extension to his home.

Allan Corfield

Allan is a chartered architect and manages self build architectural practice Allan Corfield Architects. An expert in designing high-performing, energy-efficient homes, Allan is also one of the UK's leading experts in SIPs construction method, is part of the Structural Timber Association and a member of NaCSBA. He regularly contributes to Homebuilding & Renovating magazine and is a speaker and self build expert at the Homebuilding & Renovating Shows.

Nimi Attanayake

Nimi is director and co founder of nimtim architects. Nimi is a qualified architect who has worked for some of London's most highly-regarded practices and is a member of the Design South East Panel.

Andy Stevens

Andy is an award-winning builder and managing director of Eclipse Property Solutions. He also presents a radio show on Fix Radio.

Paul Testa

Architect Paul is the director of Paul Testa Architecture and is currently undertaking an eco retrofit to his family home. Follow his project with his on-site diary entries in the magazine.

Lindsey Davis

Lindsey made her first foray into writing about homes five years ago when she joined the Homebuilding & Renovating team as Web Editor. She bought her first house five years ago, while it is an ongoing project she has managed to put the lessons she learned on Team Homebuilding to good use, tiling a bathroom wall and converting her loft. 

Mike Cruickshank

Property developer Mike is an expert in timber frame construction and offers advice on the build process as well as the cost elements of building with timber.

Paul Hymers

Paul is a building control officer and has written eight books on home improvements and building homes.

Tara Gbolade

Tara is a Passivhaus designer and co-founder of architectural practice Gbolade Design Studio and won the RIBA Rising Star Award in 2018.

Ken Dijksman

Ken, a former planning officer, is a planning consultant and owner of Dijksman Planning LLP. He is also the author of The Planning Game.

Mark Stevenson

Mark is a self build expert, MD of Potton & Kingspan Timber Solutions Ltd, and Chairman of the Structural Timber Association

Steve Jenkins

Steve is an avid DIYer with over 20 years of experience in transforming and renovating homes. He specialises in painting and decorating, but has strong all-round building skills, having previously worked in the industry for 10 years.

Tim Pullen

Tim is an expert in sustainable building methods and energy efficiency in residential homes.

Mark Brinkley

Mark is the author of the ever-popular Housebuilder’s Bible and an experienced builder. He’s just finished his latest self build.

Neil Turner

Architect Neil Turner is director at Howarth Litchfield Partnership and specialises in residential design.

Charlie Luxton

Charlie is an experienced architectural designer and TV broadcaster. He has just completed his latest self build project.

Pete Tonks

Pete is a design expert and director of PJT Design Ltd. He has been designing self build homes for over 20 years and is a specialist in designing oak frame homes.

David Hilton

David is an expert in sustainable building and energy efficiency and is also director of Heat and Energy Ltd.

Bob Branscombe

Bob is one of the UK’s leading Chartered Surveyors and with over 30-years’ experience in both self build and construction. A career spent with several main contractors and major surveying consultancies has helped reinforce his approach that cost-estimating and control are a fundamental tenet of self-building.

Sally Tagg, MRTPI

Sally is an expert in all things planning permission and is Managing Director of Foxley Tagg Planning Ltd, Executive Committee Member – National Custom & Self Build Association (NaCSBA) and Board Member of the Right to Build Taskforce. Sally and her team are a regular presence in The Planning Clinic at the Homebuilding & Renovating Show.

Bruce Bendall

Bruce is a third generation builder with over 30 years’ experience. He has recently completed his latest self build.


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Sarah is Web Editor of She began her career more than a decade ago, working on the editorial team of Public Sector Building magazine, before joining the wider Homebuilding & Renovating team as Social Media Editor in 2012. Since purchasing her first house in 2015, Sarah has been adding to the ever-increasing list of home improvements she needs to make; including extending over the garage, resurfacing the driveway, replacing existing flooring and revamping the kitchen. Fortunately, in her eight years on Team Homebuilding, including three as web editor, she is not short on design inspiration or top tips to tackle or project manage these tasks herself.