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Glazed door design

The UberSlide model from Kloeber offers minimal sightlines and unadulterated views towards the garden, while taking up little floor space in this timber clad extension

With design at the forefront of our dream home’s layout, we tend to envision a sunbathed, modern dwelling with calming views.

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What's inside the April 2018 edition of Build It magazine: - Stunning eco home on a heritage plot (page 22) - Glazed doors design ideas (page 64) - Renovating for profit (page 71) - Garage design options (page 74) - Complete guide to building with timber (page 81) - How to get planning on your garden (page 110) - Window cost guide (page 117) ... and much more!

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As I write, the team is just about to send this issue
REGULARS
This stunning addition to an Edwardian house in north
Great shopping ideas for your custom home project
Embrace the character of natural materials and the passage of time in your project with wabi-sabi – the Japanese Scandi chic
Got a funny story, a gripe or some superb self-build advice? Write to us at buildit@castlemedia.co.uk or the address below for your chance to win a prize
Fantastic inspiration & expert advice for each
Essential advice on your problems with building, budgeting, DIY & planning from the most experienced names in the self-build industry
Looking for funding for your self-build project? Each month we round up the best deals from leading lenders – and update you on what you need to know about securing the right finance
After passing a building site every day on her way to work, Anne Morrison wonders whether, now that it’s for sale, the land could offer potential for a self-built home for her and husband Jimmy. Mike Dade takes a closer look at this site’s potential
It’s FREE to subscribe to PlotSearch – the UK’s premier land finding resource with over 8,000 genuine building opportunities, all with planning permission guaranteed. The plots collated here are a hand-picked selection, but you can find plenty more in the online database. To find out more and to subscribe call 0345 223 4499 or visit the website at www.plotsearch.co.uk
Replacing a 1960s building, Mark and Jane Caterer have
We catch up with architect Emily Barnes, founder of Design for Me, about how to find the right designer for your scheme
READERS’ HOMES
John and Judith Turner had always lived in period properties, but an unexpected phone call led to them revising their retirement plans and self-building an energy efficient, contemporary home in an old walled garden
For Rob and Beatrice Nicholas, it was love at first sight from the moment they viewed the plot that would eventually become the site of their oak frame abode
A change in planning policy prompted Justin and Sarah May to create a modern holiday home from a oncedilapidated steel barn
Jonathan and Janine Bootland didn’t let continual planning knockbacks and complications stop them from building a contemporary new home at the end of their garden
Taking on the challenging project to transform a tired 1920s detached house into a classy modern home has been no mean achievement for Paul and Nikki Blunden
RENOVATION & BUILDING
Chris Bates takes a look at a modern blockwork system that can deliver a straightforward route to an efficient, high-performance home
When it comes to connecting home and garden, choosing the right doors is essential. Sofia Delgado highlights the key options
Heather Edwards, from package homes specialist Sylva Bespoke Design & Build Solutions, discusses the benefits of a shell route to creating your dream home
This simple tech can help reduce your reliance on mains water and even reduce flood risk – but is it right for your project, asks Nigel Griffiths
How can you tell if a property for sale has profit-making potential and what key elements are most worth investing your cash in? Emily Smith investigates
Whether you’re looking to add a new garage to an existing property or include one in your self-build plans, Emily Smith highlights the main choices
There’s something to suit every style preference and property type in this handpicked selection of designs
UFH is an efficient, durable and comfortable heating option – provided it’s properly specified and installed. Peter Richardson reveals what you need to know to avoid expensive issues once you’ve moved into your new home
TIMBER SPECIAL
There’s a whole wealth of reasons why timber is such
Find out why wood could be the best option when it comes to your home’s fenestration
Want the allure of real wooden floors? Anna-Marie DeSouza shares what you need to consider before selecting products for your home
We’ve handpicked a selection of attractive outbuildings that could bring extra living space, a home office, gym or entertainment zone to your property without needing to extend the main dwelling
Rebecca Foster looks at how this attractive finish can boost your property’s kerb appeal
Discover the versatility of wood in this selection of stunning flights that could add real wow factor to your dwelling’s interiors
EXPERT HELP
Digging down is a fantastic way to add more living space to your house, but is it right for your property? Julian Owen takes a closer look at the main design considerations
In the second part of his series about ensuring your building plot has the right services in place, this month Tim Doherty looks at how to get connected to a gas supply
Is it time to repoint your period home’s brick or stone walls? Alan Tierney reveals how to spot the signs of failing mortar and what you need to know to get the job done right
Mike Dade takes a closer look at the main things to think about before applying for planning consent to build on a garden site
If you’re tackling a major building project, it pays to put the right protection in place. Mike Hardwick explains what you need to know
The Build It Estimating Service’s Adrian Wild takes a look at what you can expect to pay for this part of your project