A guide to converting a loft with a difficult roof construction. Includes advice on headroom, trussed rafters, telescopic joists, building regulations and more
Where to live during a major renovation or self build is a key decision to make before starting a building project. Here we explore one of the most cost-effective options — living on site in a caravan
A potent mix of open plan living, tall ceilings, lots of glass and hard floors – not to mention our children staying around longer – means noise is an issue that needs addressing in extension or self build projects. Mark Brinkley explains
Unstable ground? Clay soil? Trees? Sloping land? ‘Difficult’ sites can quickly become expensive to build on. Surveyor Ian Rock provides solutions for even the most problematic of plots
Not only can injected damp treatments be a waste of money, they can also do untold damage when applied to homes that don’t need them
In the euphoria of gaining planning approval, don’t overlook the conditions attached. Failure to discharge conditions can invalidate planning permission for your build — ignore them at your peril!
We talk to Michael Holmes, chair of the National Custom & Self Build Association (NaCSBA), to find out how the UK is catching up with the rest of the world by taking the hassle out of not only finding land, but making it buildable
If you’re thinking about renovating your bathroom, big or small, then here’s what you need to consider at the design stage
The world of self build and renovation is often filled with technical jargon which can be anxiety-inducing for those planning their first projects. Here we explain the Shou Sugi Ban wood charring technique
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