From a place to house white goods, to providing storage for sports kits, muddy boots and pet beds, utility rooms fulfil a multitude of functions. Natasha Brinsmead explains the design essentials
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
Old doesn’t always have to mean cold — but, as Tim Pullen explains, if you’re insulating a period home, then be careful how you approach it. You could end up doing more harm than good
Timeless and low-maintenance — what’s not to like about a solid timber flooring? Even better, laying one can be a DIY job. Natasha Brinsmead explains how
Ailing roofs need not spell disaster for a renovation project. From slipped slates to sagging roof slopes, chartered surveyor Ian Rock explains what to look out for and what’s involved in fixing common roofing problems
The charm and character that an original staircase can bring to a house is undoubtable, yet over time, subject to the usual wear and tear, they can begin to show their age. We explain how to restore an old staircase sensitively
The Georgian style is one of the most popular design styles for self builders. Classic in appearance, it looks simple to achieve, but it’s also easy to get wrong
Building a stud wall can be a bit fiddly — but, with our guide, should be a job you do not have to rely on the professionals for
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