Mark is the author of the ever-popular Housebuilder’s Bible and an experienced builder. He’s just finished his latest self build.
Thinking about buying a new external door? Consider maximum kerb appeal and the way a front door can work for you with our handy guide
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
Oak framing has enjoyed a long tradition in the UK, being the favoured homebuilding method for centuries past. Mark Brinkley answers some common questions about oak frames
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
Getting as much natural light as possible into the home is high on the agenda for many homeowners. Find out what the options are when it comes to roof glazing and how to choose the best type for your home
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