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August 2018
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Great shopping ideas for your custom home project
Interiors notebook
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An oak frame masterpiece
Richard and Pamela Pearse have self built a characterful contemporary home, nestled in the Worcestershire countryside
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A class act
It may have taken 10 years of effort to create, but Joe and Polly Harmston feel their Sussex eco home has been worth the wait
Thermally efficient design…
The south-facing elevation hosts a sun room/conservatory
Radical renovation
Long-overdue repairs turned into an energy-efficient redesign for Glenys and Paul Ferguson’s Victorian end-of-terrace house – resulting in one of the first period properties in the UK to be awarded Passivhaus status
Bespoke staircase…
Nothing in Glenys and Paul’s Victorian house is square
Second time lucky
Andrew Laing and June Russell drew on their first self build experience to create a luxury contemporary home on a highly challenging plot, not far from the centre of Edinburgh
Subtle positioning…
The house looks practically invisible from the roadside
Island Retreat
Phil Clabburn realised his teenage ambition and built an energy-efficient home in a stunning seafront location on the Isle of Wight
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Determined to build an energy-efficient dwelling and
RENOVATION & BUILDING
Extensions
We take a closer look at recent extension projects featured in Build It to see how you’ve been adapting existing properties
Internal doors
These fittings are one of the most tactile parts of your home’s interiors, so it pays to look for highquality designs, says Chris Bates
What you need to know about heat pumps
Thinking of installing this renewable tech? Nigel Griffiths looks at the pros and cons of the various options and how they compare to conventional heating
Wow factor conversions
Transforming underused spaces offers the opportunity to create unique living areas to fit with your lifestyle and personality. Sofia Delgado discovers seven stunning projects and shares the top tips for kick-starting your scheme
Why choose slate for your roof?
Synonymous with quality and longevity, slate is a popular choice for finishing the exterior of a home. Emily Brooks explains the main benefits, as well as how to make sure you buy a durable, high-quality product
Decks & patios
From a family area for children to play in, through to a stunning zone for entertaining guests and everything in between, these expert tips will help you create a summer-ready space
EXPERT HELP
How to get a period house renovation right
Alan Tierney reveals how taking a sensitive, well-researched approach can provide you with a comfortable, characterful home
Dealing with trees on site
Trees can be both a blessing and a bane for self builders and home improvers. Here, Mike Hardwick reveals how you can assess their impact on your project plans and the best ways to work with them
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Planning in designated areas
From fiercelyconserved green belt land to locally-set policies, there’s a host of planning protections that can impact on self builds, renovations and extensions. Mike Dade reveals how they could influence your development
Why you need to consider overhead glazing
Architect Julian Owen sums up how rooflights can be used to enhance the design of your home, both inside and out
Subsidence know-how
Most movement in the ground beneath your home is harmless, but more acute shifts can cause damage. Tim Doherty explains how best to tackle this issue
Self build mortgages
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
Garden build
Martin and Denise Coombes are seeking a solution that will allow them to accommodate Martin’s elderly parents in their home. Planning permission for a new bungalow in the garden has been refused. Mike Dade investigates the alternative options
Ask the EXPERTS
Essential advice on your problems with building, budgeting, DIY & planning from the most experienced names in the self-build industry
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We catch up with Gus Zogolovitch, founder and managing director of Unboxed Homes and NaCSBA (National Custom & Self Build Association) board member about getting a bespoke dwelling through the custom build route