Mark is the author of the ever-popular Housebuilder’s Bible and an experienced builder. He’s just finished his latest self build.
Passivhaus is the gold standard in low energy eco homes. This guide looks at how to meet these standards and if it's worth it
Brick slips are a clever alternative to traditional bricks to create a unique finish — get expert and design advice with our guide
Graven Hill will be the first self build community in the UK — and nine new plots are now available to buy
House rendering is a versatile exterior finish that can suit many kinds of property. We look at the types of render, the pros and cons and dive into some design inspiration
Choosing window styles for your home can seem daunting — our complete guide covers everything from costs and materials to installation and glazing types
An unloved brownfield site could be the perfect spot for your self build, as long as you understand what you’re taking on
Soakaways are a useful addition to your property's rainwater drainage. Find out more about these systems, plus how to build one
The type of roof covering you choose for your self build or renovation has a huge impact on the look of your home. We explore the options available to you
What's the best driveway material for your home? We explore the benefits and drawbacks of the different options available
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
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
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
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
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
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