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Welcome

With summer beckoning, I’ll warrant many of you are making hay while the sun shines and getting stuck in to the nitty gritty of your projects. That’s certainly the case on site at the Build It Education House. We’ve just fitted the SIPs roof (see page 62 to find out why we plumped for this panelised system, and how the install went) and are motoring ahead now that we’re (almost) in the dry. With the roof on, we’ve even been able to get the whole Build It team on site to see our real-life project in action. Check out our Twitter account (@BuildItMagazine) to get the latest behind-the-scenes updates from our groundbreaking self build scheme, or log on to www.self-build.co.uk/ourhouse to get the full story so far.

Opening later this year as a unique learning experience for people who want to create their dream home, the Education House is part of the innovative Graven Hill custom build scheme in Bicester, where up to 1,900 bespoke projects are set to be completed in the next 10 years. Bicester is also home to our next Build It Live exhibition on 8th & 9th June. The show is the perfect place to get practical expert advice and inspiration for your self build, extension or home renovation. Find out more about this unmissable event and claim two free tickets over on page 17.

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About Build It

Plan, design and build your dream home with practical advice and inspiration from Build It magazine. Highlights in this month's issue include: - Design Secrets to Win Over the Planners - Home Extension Costs - How to Find a Project with Renovation Potential - Building Contracts: Why You Need One - Buyer's Guide to Sliding Doors - Outdoor Living Ideas - Build It magazine's own Real Life Self Build ... and more!

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REGULARS
The previous rear facade of this family home was of
This annexe sits in the grounds of a home architect
The introduction of this government-backed scheme in Wales should mark the start of an exciting new time for self builders
Great shopping ideas for your custom home project
Forget minimalistic whites and greys – bold, brave colours are back in full force. Mix rich tones in contrasting hues to achieve an interiors scheme that makes a real style statement
Whether you’re planning a self build project, renovating an existing home or extending to add space and value, here are 10 key reasons you can’t afford to miss the upcoming Build It Live show at Bicester on 8th & 9th June
Fantastic inspiration & expert advice for each
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
Essential advice on your problems with building, budgeting, DIY & planning from the most experienced names in the self build industry
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
Could this plot provide the Brennans with their dream contemporary home? Mike Dade takes a closer look
August issue on sale 26th June
Karen Curtin, managing director for the Graven Hill self build development, fills us in on the latest goings-on on site in Bicester
READERS’ HOMES
Two sizeable extensions and a reworked floorplan have transformed the Gardners’ dated 1970s house into a light-filled family home
As retirement beckoned, Margaret Laird and Roger Gibbins embarked on a project to self build a sustainable home on the fringes of a golf course
Ocean views, a zero-maintenance garden and comfortable openplan design… the living is easy with John and Jennifer Rosser’s smart new timber frame home
Richard Ball has converted a Victorian farm workshop, adding a single-storey extension that provides a light-filled contrast to the characterful original building
Seasoned self builders Gisela and Andrew Blee challenged themselves with their latest project, built into a hillside in the Cotswolds
RENOVATION & BUILDING
Some complex design details and minute tolerances throw up a few challenges on site – but the Build It Education House roof is now on! Chris Bates updates us on progress
If you’re keen to create a seamless link between your home’s indoor and outdoor spaces, then installing a run of sliding doors could be your best bet, says Charley Ward
In the first part of this series on how to ensure your renovation is a success, Emily Smith looks at how to tell if a house is worth taking on as a project
In the second instalment of our extension cost series, the Build It Estimating Service’s Adrian Wild sets out indicative prices for popular two-storey additions
Make the most of your home’s external areas with Charley Ward’s round up of fabulous features to add to your garden space
Could this construction method be the right choice for your dream self build home?
EXPERT HELP
Translating your ideas into house plans is an exciting stage. Julian Owen discusses how to get your scheme ready for planning
Get your extension project off on the right footing with Tim Doherty’s in-depth guide
Should this be something to worry about and what can you do if you suspect an infestation? Alan Tierney gives the lowdown
It makes sense for all parties to ensure that your construction project is protected by a legally binding agreement between you and your builder, says Mike Hardwick
Planning expert Mike Dade explains how to navigate the complexities of permitted development (PD) rights, and lays out six projects that are achievable under this umbrella