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In the December 2018 issue we announced that we, the Build It team, were going to put all our practical knowledge to the test by taking on our own self build project at the innovative Graven Hill development – a first for a magazine! I visited the build at various stages to see how things were progressing and I can certainly say that I’ve now experienced first hand the buzz of self building; the satisfaction of seeing a house literally rise from the ground before your eyes is brilliant. It’s just over a year since the issue where we shared our project plans with you and now all the hard work from Chris (Build It editor and now self build project manager!) and the rest of our fantastic team on site has paid off. The result is a fine example of how a bespoke home built from scratch can knock spots off those found on mass developed estates. And the best thing about this house is that it’s going to be open for you, our readers, to learn all about self building by seeing one in the flesh. Our Education House will be opening to the public soon – so watch this space! In the meantime you can read all about how we achieved our dream home in the free House Guide bundled with this issue and over at the Build It website by going to

Back to this issue and we’ve got lots of inspiring and practical info for you to make your project a success. If you’re self building then check out my breakdown of the main structural systems on page 63, Julian Owen’s guide to how your building plot should influence your design (page 99) and Mike Dade’s advice on keeping your neighbours on side with your build (page 89). This month’s renovation series installment is looking at restoring original period details (page 58) and Alan Tierney is discussing draught proofing old buildings (page 95). If you’re extending then don’t miss our breathtaking cover house on page 18.

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January 2020

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Family affair
Laurence and Debbie Osborne worked with their architect son and their contractor son-in-law to add a stunning extension onto their 18th century barn
Scaling new heights
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Traditional style
After years of searching for a self build opportunity, Nick and Sue Price realised their dream home on an idyllic plot in Hampshire
Tailor-made home
As well as transforming their 1960s abode, Debbie and David Sesay’s renovation project has created a home where the whole family can enjoy time together
The simple elegance to Nicola and Chris Pelmear’s home belies its complex eco credentials, where even the snowdrops were salvaged
Restoring period features
Complete guide to renovating a house
Structural systems: the options
Choosing your construction method is one of the most important decisions when self building, so getting it right is crucial. Emily Smith takes a look at the main structural systems available, their benefits and some real-life examples
The future of woodburning stoves
Following the government’s Clean Air Strategy legislation, Lucy Aplin explains everything you need to know about buying and installing a woodburning stove
Ventilation for new builds
Eco expert Nigel Griffiths discusses how to get the air flow right in your house–an essential element for creating a healthy home
Guide to flat roof coverings
Anamika Talwaria outlines the options available for your flat roof’s finish, and the key considerations to make
Build cost basics: roof tiles
Adrian Wild from the Build It Estimating Service takes a closer look at what you can expect to pay for your home’s roof tiles
Accessible to all
Inclusive design isn’t costly. By embracing it from the outset, your home will benefit you and your guests for the rest of your lives, says architect Opinder Liddar
Dealing with neighbours
Mike Dade investigates the level of influence other local residents can have on your project, and how to successfully navigate issues and objections they bring up
Project management guide: Scheduling
Understanding what’s likely to happen when on site is key to a successful project. Mike Hardwick looks at the basic sequence of events for a typical self build venture
DRAUGHT PROOFING a period home
Historic buildings expert Alan Tierney explains how to make a period home comfortable and free of cold spots, without compromising its ability to breathe
How a site influences house design
From trees and other geographical features through to local materials, what’s on and around your plot can feed in to the way a dwelling’s design takes shape. This can often make for an interesting result, says architect Julian Owen
Structural details: Acoustic performance
Not only is sound proofing a requirement of Building Regs, it’s a necessity for a quiet and peaceful interior environment, says expert Tim Doherty