Choosing what to build your house or extension out of is a key part of the build process. Here we highlight the considerations you’ll need to make before making your decision
Barbara Jones, an expert on building with straw bale, explains why this natural, strong and thermally efficient material could be a cost-effective choice for your self build or extension project
An extension that goes almost unnoticed is something to be proud of — one that ruins the rest of the house is not. Be sure yours is the former with Natasha Brinsmead’s guide
There are many design challenges associated with extending a bungalow. Architect Darren Bray explains how to get extensions to single-storey homes right
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
A basement is often the best way to increase space without impacting on the house’s appearance. Michael Holmes looks at common design issues
Comprehensive tender documents are key to achieving competitive prices for a build. But what should a tender pack contain? Bob Branscombe explains and we include a handy template tender letter
Establishing and maintaining a good relationship with your architect is a really important part of a build project – avoid these phrases if you want to stay on good terms
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