The Paragraph 79 clause of the National Planning Policy Framework, and its previous guises of PPS7 and PPG7, allows new homes to be built in the countryside, including in the green belt. We explain how it works
Window styles make all the difference when it comes to house design. But how do you find the right style for your home? Here, we cover style, cost, material and efficiency
Finding the right local carpenter for your project can take time. Seasoned self-builder David Snell explains how to find the right person to join your team and avoid lumbering yourself with any dead wood
Dormer windows can be tricky to get right in design terms, yet, done well, they are ideal for creating ‘rooms in the roof’ in a loft conversion or a house that doesn’t extend to two full storeys
Plumbers are one of the most vital trades in any build — and needed almost from day one. David Snell explains how to find the best plumber for your project
Air source heat pumps are a viable alternative to gas boilers for many self builders and renovators — find out whether this popular renewable heat technology is right for your home
Replacement windows can really enhance the overall aesthetics of a period building. Find out the practicalities and structural implications during a renovation
Groundworkers play an important role in a building project. Experienced self -builder David Snell shares his tips on finding and building a solid relationship with your groundworker
Zinc roofs are versatile and durable with an impressive service life — we take a look at the advantages and key considerations to bear in mind when specifying zinc
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