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CHOOSING ROOF TILES for your renovation

Handmade clay plain units from Lifestiles were specified for this barn conversion in Essex. They cost around £40 per m2

As well as providing a protective barrier against the elements, the roof plays a key role in establishing your home’s aesthetic. If you’re undertaking a renovation, selecting the right covering is a vital part of creating a look that fits with the overall design of your house and blends sympathetically with the locale.

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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: - Build It's Self Build Education House - Cladding a timber frame home - Renovating a bungalow - Myth buster: Renewable Tech

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REGULARS
Winning both a RIBA and a RIAS Award in 2018, this
This small dwelling was originally an art studio for
Great shopping ideas for your custom home project
With maximalism, more is more. Inject some fun into your home interiors with lavish schemes featuring bright colours, contrasting textures and big bold prints
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
Essential advice on your problems with building, budgeting, DIY & planning from the most experienced names in the self-build industry
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
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We talk to Nancy Winfield, project manager for Herefordshire Centre for Community Led Housing, to investigate what kind of opportunities are available to self builders in the area
REDERS’ HOMES
Amber and Lee Wilmot jumped at the chance to build their dream property in the back garden of Amber’s childhood home in West Sussex
Vincent Haines and Jacqueline Jiang- Haines came up with a striking neo- Georgian-design for their self build home
For Donald MacKinnon and his wife Sarah, fond childhood memories of summers spent on the Isle of Skye prompted the couple to self build a home on the family’s croft
In pursuit of their first family home, Joe and Rachel Nicol embarked on the restoration of a 1960s gem with a modest budget but grand ambition
When Leanne and James Duncan self built their new home, time was not on their side to move in before they got married, but an efficient approach meant they finished the project in just over three months
RENOVATION & BUILDING
Build It was the first self build magazine launched
Build It’s Self Build Education House is a unique access-all-areas project that will give you an unrivalled insight into the process of creating your own bespoke home
The Build It Education House will be part of the UK’s most exciting self and custom build development
A corner site overlooking woodland could give us the opportunity to create a truly wow-factor home
The right radiator can create style as well as warmth. Charley Ward explores how to turn your heating into a key design feature
Keen to achieve a highquality finish? Chris Bates takes a look at the facade options for timber frame projects
The Build It Estimating Service’s Adrian Wild gives his expert advice on how to keep your project spending in check
Looking for ideas for your self build or renovation? Emily Brooks shares her favourite brick and block projects
Mechanical ventilation and heat recovery (MVHR) systems are recommended for efficient new homes, but how do they work and why are they needed? Here we’ve spoken to leading industry experts to answer your queries
There’s a plethora of options when it comes to specifying roof tiles for your refurbishment – but which product is right for you? Rebecca Foster summarises what you need to know
Overseeing the day-to-day coordination of your own project isn’t a job for the faint hearted, so it might be best to hire in a professional, says Andy Butchers from Build-Zone Survey Services
EXPERT HELP
Architect Julian Owen unveils how to create a culinary zone that’s tailored to your needs
Get your scheme off on the right foot with Mike Hardwick’s guide to the key construction phases
Could a single-storey building off er the ideal canvas for your dream home? Architect Opinder Liddar takes a closer look at how to maximise the potential of these structures
Tim Doherty takes a closer look at what this site investigation involves and how the results could impact on your building project
Nigel Griffiths takes a look at some popular tech, from solar panels to biomass boilers, and asks just how low-carbon they really are
Give yourself the best opportunity to secure first-time consent to build with Mike Dade’s top tips on the pitfalls you need to avoid
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