Mark is the author of the ever-popular Housebuilder’s Bible and an experienced builder. He’s just finished his latest self build.
Window styles can make or break your project, so it pays to research well to avoid being disappointed with the end result. Here’s what you need to know
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
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
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
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
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?
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