Mark is the author of the ever-popular Housebuilder’s Bible and an experienced builder. He’s just finished his latest self build.
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
A welcoming driveway sets the tone for the rest of your home. Mark Brinkley and Tim Pullen explain how to get it right
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
Pocket doors are a great solution for open plan spaces and small rooms alike, but the key to getting a pocket door right is all about what’s going on behind the plasterboard
Flat roof structures offer numerous advantages, from design and material options through to cost. But is it the right option for your project?
What options do you have for the internal walls of your self build, and how do you choose? And, how do you check whether an existing wall in your renovation is loadbearing or not? We answer these questions and more
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