Oak frame is more popular than ever as a method of construction for self builds. Here, we give you all the information you need if you are considering taking this route
The right window styles will not only transform the exterior of your home, but can also improve its energy efficiency at the same time. Here’s what you need to know
House rendering is a great way to give your property's exterior a complete makeover. Here we cover everything you need to know
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
Roof lanterns make a truly stunning addition to a home, drenching interiors in natural light whilst making a strong architectural statement
Your front door forms a major part of the kerb appeal of your home and is the point at which you welcome visitors in. Our guide helps you choose the right door for you
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
Rooflights are a great way to flood your home with natural light when conventional vertical windows just won't do
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
What does Passivhaus mean and what factors make a Passivhaus so special? Experts Mark Brinkley and Tim Pullen explain how to achieve the German standard for eco homes
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
ICF has been the next big thing in walling systems for a long time. Mark Brinkley discovers that it’s much more than ‘the Lego of build systems’
What’s the best way to finish internal walls and ceilings? Mark Brinkley looks at the main options and their cost — and explains how to make the right decision for your home
There is a lot of confusion amongst self builders surrounding the concept of warranties — what are they and how do they differ from Building Control?
There are more ways than ever to build a roof structure – some quicker and easier than others. Mark Brinkley explains the various options, including the flat, curved, panellised and trussed roof variations
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