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Building a healthy home

A number of studies have shown the positive influence on wellbeing of living and working environments decked out with natural timber – as is the case in this calming Stommel Haus project

Fancy the idea of living a comfortable home that’s bright, warm, draught-free, intrinsically soundproof, free from toxins and totally tailored to your family’s requirements? If that seems like a bit of a leading question, you might be surprised to find that very few of us actually do. For many years, there’s been a big drive towards energy efficiency – but far less focus on ensuring our houses actually have a beneficial effect on our wellbeing.

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April 2017
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READERS’ HOMES
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Nestled in woodland, Matt and Jo Trench’s barn-style house has been designed to fit into its surroundings perfectly
Perfect Package
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
New beginnings
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RENOVATION BUILDING
Design details: Brickwork patterns
Create a decorative feature out of your home’s facade by building a pattern into the walls. Emily Smith investigates the options
Choosing roof tiles for a traditional-style home
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
How to upgrade your home’s insulation
Eco consultant and sustainability expert Nigel Griffiths looks at the key strategies and considerations that will help you improve your property’s thermal performance
Designing an ICF home
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
TIMBER SPECIAL
Timber in construction
Whatever style of build or structural system you’re using, wood will form a core part of your project, says Chris Bates
5 things you need to know about timber frame
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
Stunning timber homes
Developed by Taylor Lane, this house in Essex features
Oak frame: the basics
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
4 reasons to build with structural insulated panels
Andrew Hobbs reveals how this construction route can deliver sustainability and design flexibility, while minimising on-site stress
Inspiring SIPs homes
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Timber doors & windows
Offering character, durability and energy efficiency, Emily Smith investigates why wooden units could be the perfect choice for your home
Inspiring cladding ideas
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
12 golden rules for timber flooring
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
Gorgeous garden buildings
These fabulous timber structures could make for the perfect complement to your property’s main living space
EXPERT HELP
Durable by design
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
Demolish & rebuild
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
Restoring period features
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
What to do if… your planning application is rejected
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
How to get realistic quotes from builders
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
Plot watch: Into the woods
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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