Mark is the author of the ever-popular Housebuilder’s Bible and an experienced builder. He’s just finished his latest self build.
House rendering is a versatile exterior finish, whether you're self building, extending or just looking to improve your home's kerb appeal. Here's what you need to know
Window styles are plentiful so how do you pick the right option? Here we outline the pros and cons of each, including costs and materials
Deciding drainage systems is not the most exciting part of a self build but it’s certainly one of the more important areas to get right. Here are the pros and cons of mains drainage versus on-site drainage
Our complete guide to oak frame projects looks at the pros, cons, cost implications and other key considerations when building with oak
Cross laminated timber (CLT) is an alternative method of construction that's fast to build and can be used as the superstructure. Here's why it might be right for your project
Corten steel has many benefits for self builders and extenders looking for something distinctive, says experienced builder Mark Brinkley
Rooflights are the perfect problem solver for areas of your home where light from conventional windows just won’t reach. Find out more as we answer the most common questions
The right front door for your home depends on a multitude of factors, from the choice of materials to styles, through to security and building regulations
Passivhaus standard builds are high on the agenda for many of the UK’s self builders, but what is Passivhaus and is it worth the added expense? Our experts explain all
Roof lanterns create extra natural light for your space, as well as an architectural statement overhead. We examine the important aspects to consider, from planning permission to cost, to simplify the buying process
Brick slips are a clever tile-like alternative to traditional bricks and a great way to create a unique design finish
Building on a sloping site is a challenge but with some imaginative design and build know-how it can be rewarding
Considering installing electric roof windows? Our guide explains everything you need to know in order to make the right choice for your home
Self build expert Mark Brinkley explains why he opted to build his latest home in structural insulated panels, and offers his top tips for building with SIPs
Driveways set the tone for the rest of your home. Here's a look at what materials are available and what's the best option for your budget
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
A quick guide to the different types of roof coverings; from tiled and metal variants to thatched and green roof options
Corten, a weathered steel, has many benefits for self builders and extenders looking for something distinctive, says experienced builder Mark Brinkley
From managing the neighbours to clearing up the site ready for the next subcontractor, Mark Brinkley explains what you need to know if you decide to project manage your self build
An unloved brownfield site could be the perfect spot for your self build, as long as you understand what you’re taking on
While timber frame enjoys a lot of hype in the self-build market, masonry has not yet had its day. Mark Brinkley weighs up the options
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