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Are PVCu windows right for your project?

The Residence 7 window can be mechanically jointed for a traditional effect, or welded for a contemporary feel
This Nottinghamshire home combines Rehau Total70 PVCu windows in anthracite grey with an oak-framed gable entrance

Visit almost any street in the UK, and you’re going to see plenty of PVCu windows. They’ve become the industry standard for lots of reasons: they’re inexpensive, secure, low-maintenance and it’s easy to find an installer. But on that same street you’ll probably also find the reasons why PVCu gets a kicking from certain quarters: chunky frames that have replaced slim, flush timber originals and look wrong with the style of the house; and gleaming white finishes when perhaps another colour would be more appropriate.

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Looking for ideas and practical advice to help you create a tailor-made home that suits your lifestyle perfectly? The July issue of Build It has you covered. Here's a sneak peek at what's inside: - Self-build secrets: 10 things you need to know before you build - How to get planning permission for your extension - PVCu windows: are they the right choice for your project? - The best ways to insulate foundations - Going off-grid: options for heating & electrics - Budgeting basics: how to get an accurate estimate for your build ...and more!

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REGULARS
This modern riverside house clad in natural materials
Great shopping ideas for your custom home project
Be inspired by the everlasting charm of mid-century modern design and incorporate wood, stone and metal in your scheme
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
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
Rab and Esther Fall have found a potential site, but it doesn’t come with planning permission. Mike Dade assesses the likelihood of the couple being able to knockdown the former petrol station and replace it with a new dwelling
Essential advice on your problems with building, budgeting, DIY & planning from the most experienced names in the self-build industry
Find out how Phil Clabburn made the most of a coastal
We catch up with Karen Curtin, managing director of the Graven Hill self and custom build development in Oxfordshire, to ask her about the many opportunities to design and construct bespoke dwellings here
READERS’ HOMES
David and Jennifer Spillane’s modern oak frame home was their second self-build on the same large site – and the couple took the opportunity to put their experience into action
Gillian and Shaun Robson encased a plain cottage in characterful brick and added two matching extensions to create a home that suits their needs and makes a beautiful statement in its protected rural setting
Dreaming of creating a green home with low running costs, Simon and Jill Page replaced their 1920s bungalow with a thermallyefficient new build
Taking a standard 1960s seaside bungalow and turning it into a lightfilled contemporary house packed with design flair, durable finishes and practical solutions has been a very personal project for Leigh and Charlotte Bowen
Mandy and Tony Slater’s energy-efficient three-storey selfbuild home sits majestically on a sloping plot in Gloucestershire
RENOVATION & BUILDING
Chris Bates looks at why this structural system could be a good fit with your project goals
Whether you’re thinking of installing a pool in your garden or inside your house, Emily Smith takes a look at the main options and what your budget might aff ord
Adrian Wild looks at the options for accurately pricing up your project
Entrances and hallways set the tone for your whole property, so make them count with a smart front door, lots of natural light inside, and design flourishes such as statement stairs and lighting, says Emily Brooks
A budget-conscious option that has many other advantages – including, increasingly, good aesthetic appeal – PVCu windows shouldn’t be overlooked until you’ve done all the research, says Emily Brooks
Whether you’re self-building or renovating, it’s important to integrate functional storage, and there are plenty of clever options. Sofia Delgado explores the choices available
EXPERT HELP
The amount of floor area suitable for each room will depend heavily on your individual lifestyle and your reasons for creating a bespoke home. Architect Julian Owen takes a look at what different households are likely to need
Unable to bring mains gas or electricity onto your site? Nigel Griffiths reveals the main options to power your home
Enlarging your home is a great way to add much-needed space and increase its value. Mike Dade shares his top tips for gaining permission for your design
Add space and value with these modern glazed extension ideas
Mike Hardwick sets out the key things to bear in mind before self-building your dream home
Whether you’re planning a self-build, renovating a property or extending to add space and value to an existing home, here are 10 reasons you can’t afford to miss the upcoming Build It Live show at Bicester, on 9th & 10th June
Good energy performance starts from the ground up. Tim Doherty reveals what you need to know to get this part of your project right
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Keen to hit this demanding eco standard in your new build? Thomas Hagen reveals why it’s crucial to get the glazing specification right
Edward Stobart from IDSystems takes a closer look at the various pros and cons of these popular glazed door designs