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The owners of this country house in East Sussex decided to demolish the 1950s bungalow that originally occupied the site and create a new home. The team at John Bullock Design re-positioned the dwelling on the plot in order to maximise the full potential of the space. To ensure the building responded sympathetically to the landscape, it was designed to look like a period property that had been added to over time. The main structure was constructed in the style of a traditional farmhouse, with a Georgianinspired extension adding extra visual appeal. An external materials palette of brick, tile and weatherboarding helps the new abode blend with the local vernacular.

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The April edition of Build It magazine brings you a wealth of information to help make a success of your self build, renovation, extension or conversion project – including: • A stunning oak frame lodge in a woodland setting (page 22) • How to build a healthy home (page 58) • Upgrading your home's insulation (page 68) • Dealing with planning rejections (page 111) • How to get realistic quotes (page 115) … and more!

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Nestled in woodland, Matt and Jo Trench’s barn-style house has been designed to fit into its surroundings perfectly
A developer-owned plot on the Scottish Borders provided the ideal self build opportunity for Simon and Alison Watkins, who had free rein to design a bespoke home they adore
Howard and Denise Horsman relished the challenge of renovating and extending their Georgian house in Devon after years of living abroad
Gordon and Aileen Spink decided to take on their second self build adventure after their children left home, creating an impressive light-filled home on a tight budget
The Bradstocks transformed their bungalow into a family home on the smallest of budgets, thanks to Adam’s relentless work ethic and Karla’s endless patience
Chris Bates looks at the ins and outs of how to create a comfortable dwelling that has a positive impact on your wellbeing
Create a decorative feature out of your home’s facade by building a pattern into the walls. Emily Smith investigates the options
The roof is a key element of every home’s aesthetic, and there’s plenty of choice when it comes to selecting materials to cover it. Rebecca Foster sums up the basics when it comes to specifying tiles for a heritage-inspired property
Eco consultant and sustainability expert Nigel Griffiths looks at the key strategies and considerations that will help you improve your property’s thermal performance
Energy efficiency and speedy build times are the headline benefits of using insulating concrete formwork – but many architects also favour this system because of its design flexibility, says Emily Brooks
Whatever style of build or structural system you’re using, wood will form a core part of your project, says Chris Bates
As well as providing a swift route to creating your own bespoke home, this popular construction system offers a plethora of design options, says Rebecca Foster
Developed by Taylor Lane, this house in Essex features
The distinctive shakes, character and honeyed hue of an oak frame are a winning combination for many homeowners, but it’s also a robust building material that offers fantastic sustainability credentials, says Emily Smith
Andrew Hobbs reveals how this construction route can deliver sustainability and design flexibility, while minimising on-site stress
This 400m2 white rendered property was designed by
Offering character, durability and energy efficiency, Emily Smith investigates why wooden units could be the perfect choice for your home
From traditional European hardwoods to durable thermally-modified alternatives, there’s plenty of choice when it comes to finishing your home’s exterior with a striking, timber finish. Get some inspiration for your project with our selection of options
there’s plenty to consider when specifying wood flooring, from selecting a product that suits your home to applying the correct finish. Rebecca Foster explains how to get it right
These fabulous timber structures could make for the perfect complement to your property’s main living space
By using the right materials and detailing them in the correct way, you can create a dwelling with a long lifespan and minimal maintenance, says architect Julian Owen
Knocking down a property to build your dream home in its place could be the best route to finding your ideal patch of land. Tim Doherty explains why
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Uncovering an original detail could create a stunning focal point in your newly renovated house, but taking the incorrect approach to restoring it could damage its historic value. Alan Tierney explains how to reinstate heritage elements without ruining them
A planning refusal doesn’t have to mean the end of the road for your dream home project. Mike Dade looks at four enlightening case studies that will help you decide on the best route forward
Mike Hardwick explains why the prices you call in from contractors can differ – and what you need to know to get an accurate figure for all the works involved in your project
The Millers have spotted a potential building plot in an area of woodland – but getting planning consent could be tricky. Mike Dade analyses their chances of success
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Essential advice on your problems with building, budgeting, DIY & planning from the most experienced names in the self build industry
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