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About Build It

Build It is Britain’s longest running self build magazine. Each issue is packed full of inspirational and informative readers’ homes, as well as expert advice on issues from budgets and planning to project management and design. This month: - Beginners guide to extensions - Energy efficient masonry - Renovating a Victorian house - How to maximise your self build budget - Dealing with planning conditions

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Build It
Since May 2013, homeowners in England have benefitted
REGULARS
Although contemporary, the design of this four-bedroom
The Jaffrey family wanted a high quality, energy-efficient
Great shopping ideas for your custom home project
Natural materials continue to be popular in interior schemes. Get on board with this trend and create a calming environment with eco-friendly credentials
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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
Th e 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
Th is infill plot seems to tick a good number of boxes for Neil and Emily Brunton – so is it a good opportunity? Mike Dade takes a closer look
June issue on sale 24th April
Mike Hardwick, general manager of NaCSBA and Build It expert, updates us on the latest news about the Right to Build scheme
READERS’ HOMES
When Richard Cochrane and his two children moved in with wife Jackie and her three daughters, they desperately needed to rethink the layout of their home to cater for their expanded household
Th e Cochranes were originally going to have four rooflights
Suzie and Andy Scholes have self built a bold and sustainable new property in the heart of the Surrey countryside thanks to the help of a newly qualified civil engineer – their son Tom
Th e staircase is a statementmaking sculptural centrepiece
George and Rebekah Burn renovated the coach house positioned on the same plot as their bungalow, to create a stylish, light-filled gem
Even at the outset of the project, George and Rebekah
Serial self builders Aileen and David Downie have created a spectacular new timber frame home close to St Andrews
One of the most challenging parts of the build was
Martin Fleming’s spacious and curvaceous home only needs minimal heating thanks to its energy efficient design features
Th e large curved roof was an obvious invitation to
RENOVATION & BUILDING
Weather delays and technical challenges slow down progress on Build It’s Self Build Education House. Chris Bates gives his latest site update
Our hand-picked selection of homes with wow factor glass elements demonstrate the design potential of glazing
The Build It Estimating Service’s Adrian Wild compares the cost of the most popular types of glazed door configuration
Anna-Marie DeSouza investigates brick and block construction – the most popular UK build system – to uncover its sustainability qualities
Adding living space to your property could increase its value and significantly improve the way you use it. Jennifer Grimble sets out where to start and the key things to consider
From reflecting your personal tastes to protecting you and your property in the event of a fire, your choice of doors can have a big impact on your home’s feel and performance, says Charley Ward
LOFT CONVERSIONS
Transforming your attic into a liveable area could be the best way to get more space in your home without moving house. Here we’ve put together everything you need to know to get your project started
The Levicks sought out Econoloft’s design and build service to turn their attic into a master suite
Scenario Architecture took a clever approach to converting a townhouse loft
Get the key construction details right, and you’ll be on the straight and narrow road to a successful attic conversion
PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT An innovative & efficient way
Charley Ward explores the window solutions that can bring light and head height to your attic room
From stairs through to fitted furniture, Anna-Marie DeSouza takes a look at these important elements of your attic project
The experts at Stairbox reveal what you need to know to get the right flight
EXPERT HELP
If you’re thinking about buying a specific plot, there’s a lot of early legwork you can do to establish its feasibility for a self build and flag up potential design implications. Architect Julian Owen takes a methodical approach to what to do
For a building material to be truly green, it needs to offer more than simply being lowcarbon to produce. Nigel Griffiths looks at why longevity is a big part of the equation
Get the best value for money on your project and keep your spending under control with Mike Hardwick’s essential tips
It’s one of the most familiar housing types, but successfully restoring and updating a period property from the Victorian era needs plenty of design and build know-how, says Alan Tierney
It may seem like little more than a finishing touch, but a lot of detail goes into specifying the right rainwater management setup. Tim Doherty sets out what you need to know
Mike Dade takes a look at the various extra requirements councils can include in your planning consent – and explains what they could mean for your building project