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PHOTOS ALISON HAMMOND

When David Miers and his wife Monika Rese decided to return to the UK after several years living in Cologne, they set themselves an ambitious target: to build a sustainable house that wouldn’t have utility bills. While such properties are common in Germany, the couple soon discovered that they’re not so plentiful in the UK.

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Build It
April 2019
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Build It
Welcome
You’d be doing pretty well to miss the doom and gloom
REGULARS
inspiration
Taking inspiration from the Arts & Crafts
Cornerstone House
Merrett Houmoller Architects was selected to undertake
DIY disasters are costing the economy millions
Research by MyJobQuote.co.uk has revealed that one
Planning in trades is vital when tackling a renovation project
Planning in trades is vital when tackling a renovation
What’s on?
London mayor launches £38m community-led housing fund
The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has launched a new
need to know Over 40,000 people want to self build
2019 is shaping up to be a key year for custom and
product news
Great shopping ideas for your custom home project
interiors notebook
Neutral colour schemes have timeless appeal, but recent trends have seen cooler greys and whites give way to warmer, richer shades that imbue living spaces with a sense of refined sophistication
READERS’ HOMES
Rise to the challenge
Simon and Nicola Wells overcame the odds to self build an award-winning new country home that makes the most of its breathtaking setting
Modern addition
Jonathan and Zahra Chambers have added a striking contemporary extension to this listed barn conversion in Hampshire
Tropical house
Sandra and Trevor Collins’s design and renovation skills have transformed their 1980s home into a modern light-filled oasis
Building to a budget
Kevin O’Mahony has had his fair share of setbacks during his self build journey, but the end result is an award-winning contemporary home that is perfect for his needs
RENOVATION & BUILDING
Waterproofing the basement
Properly-designed waterproofing is a vital part of any basement project. Chris Bates takes an in-depth look at the systems we’ve used for Build It’s Self Build Education House
How to add character to a self build
You don’t need to worry about your new home lacking personality, as Emily Smith looks at the many ways Build It readers have brought something special to their project
Smart homes for every budget
From a few remote-controlled features to full automation, home tech can be had at all price points. Emily Brooks takes a look at what you can achieve for your money
Entrance door design
From traditional cottage-style doorways to modern marvels, Rebecca Foster has rounded up a selection of eyecatching ideas
WHAT CAN GO WRONG? Foundations & footings
Andy Butchers shares his insider knowledge to help you troubleshoot this crucial area and enjoy a successful home building project
INSPIRING KITCHEN DINER EXTENSIONS
A sensitively designed extension can provide you with a modern, functional space that adds real value to your home. Th is handpicked selection of projects showcases the range of options available – could something here spark inspiration for your build?
TIMBER SPECIAL
5 reasons to build with timber frame
Discover why this popular construction method could be the best solution for your project
Modern timber home
Amber and Lee Wilmot jumped at the chance to build their dream property in the back garden of Amber’s childhood home
Why build with SIPs?
Could structural insulated panels be the most suitable system for your self build?
Bespoke SIPs build
Sarah and John Supart have used structural insulated panels to create a striking two-storey home in the Scottish countryside
The benefits of oak frame
Could this value-adding technique be the best solution for your self build project?
Contemporary oak home
An oak frame construction method has provided Fiona and Darren Strange with a bespoke property filled with character
CHOOSING TIMBER DOORS & WINDOWS
For inherent charm and natural beauty, consider timber fenestration for your home. Sophie Vening discusses the options
DESIGN IDEAS: Timber cladding
The rustic charm of this hardwearing natural material makes it a fantastic choice for giving a smart finish to your external walls
Outbuildings
A new standalone timber structure built on the grounds of your property can serve all manner of functions and enhance the way you use your home
9of the best wood flooring options
Timber is a hardwearing, attractive flooring choice that comes in a range of species, colours and finishes to suit a variety of interior styles. Get inspiration for your project with our handpicked selection of favourites
EXPERT HELP
WORKING WITH AN: architect Part 1: Initial discussions
In this series, architect Julian Owen unveils what to expect when you work alongside a professional designer to create your dream home
How consultants can add value to your build
Mike Hardwick explains why cutting out the middleman isn’t always a cost-eff ective option
Plot buying: Options & conditional contracts
These agreements can help to give you greater certainty that you’ll be able to build what you want when purchasing a site or property – but do you need them, and which is right for you? Mike Dade explains the ins and outs
Maximising your self build mortgage chances
Get the right finance in place to support your project goals with Tim Doherty’s in-depth guide
Self build & custom build mortgages
Looking to fund your bespoke home project? Each month we round up the best deals from leading lenders and update you on what you need to know to secure the right finance
Ask the EXPERTS
Essential advice on your problems with building, budgeting, DIY & planning from the most experienced names in the self build industry
finding land
The first step in your self build journey is tracking down a viable building site. Keep yourself ahead of the competition with Build It’s top plot hunting tips
Land FOR SALE
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
PLOT WATCH: Mike Dade investigates: WEIGHING UP THE POTENTIAL
Can this plot, nestled in the heart of a housing estate, provide Matt and Sally Clarke with their perfect home building opportunity? Mike Dade investigates
next month…
May issue on sale 27th March
focus on:
Hannah Blythyn deputy minister for housing and local government in Wales, talks to us about the pioneering new self build scheme that will be opening in Wales later this year