Michael is HB&R’s Head of Content and Product Development. Michael is also, Chair of the National Custom and Self Build Association (NaCSBA), presenter of multiple property TV shows and author of Renovating for Profit (Ebury). Michael is a regular in the seminar theatres and Advice Centre at the Homebuilding & Renovating Show.
Building an extension is a way to create the space you need. But how do you budget, plan and manage a successful project? Our beginner's guide explains all
How much does it cost to build a house in 2021? You'll need to consider how spiralling material costs and lack of available tradespeople will affect your budget this year
Self build mortgages are structured differently to traditional mortgages, allowing you the cashflow you need to complete a new build. Here's what you need to know in 2021
A kitchen extension can turn a pokey cooking space into a large, open plan space the whole family can enjoy. From budgeting, planning and Building Regs, here's what you need to know.
Loft conversions are a great way to add extra useable space to your home, but there's plenty to consider about how you choose to extend up. Our complete guide covers it all
Understanding the process of building a house step by step will help you keep track of the schedule as your project progresses. Here we explain what to expect at each stage of the build
Find out how Permitted Development rights allow you to build up to a certain size without planning permission
How much does an extension cost in 2021? From side extension to loft conversion, find out the average costs to extend
Clerestory windows are widely used by architects and designers yet despite this, many aspiring self builders don't know what they are
Removing a chimney breast offers a trade off — extra space for original features — that's worthwhile for the right home. Here's everything you need to know, from cost to structural implications
Foundation systems and soil types go hand in hand when it comes to choosing the right foundation solution for your site. Here's everything you need to know
Planning Hub Understanding the rules around securing planning permission to demolish and rebuild is essential to make sure you don't waste money on a plot you can't develop
After some dormer windows? This design feature can be tricky to get right, yet, done well, dormers are ideal for creating spacious loft conversions
On the hunt for a new house project and wondering how to assess a home for renovation? Our complete guide shows you how to spot key design and financial potential before you buy
A house extension might well be the best solution to your home’s space shortfall. Enter the process armed with this need-to-know information to get the most out of your project
Conservatory roof replacements are an effective way to breathe life back into an old, drafty addition without replacing the whole structure. Here’s what you need to know
Rear extension ideas come in all shapes and sizes and can dramatically increase both space and value in any home — take a look at what achieved on a variety of budgets
Transform how you use your home with these striking house extension ideas for designing and building a practical addition
Wondering how to add value to your home? Then read on to discover 23 brilliant tips and tricks from renovating to decorating
We explain the different types of loft conversion so you can see which is the right option for your home
PLANNING HUB The Community Infrastructure Levy could be a potential pitfall for self-builders. Here’s all you need to know to apply for self build CIL exemption
Deciding to convert a barn presents the perfect opportunity to create a unique countryside home packed with character
Ordering concrete correctly is an essential part of creating the best foundation for your new home - here's how to get it right
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