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DESIGNING a timber frame home

Chris and Sheila Marwood chose home building specialist Hanse Haus to deliver the structural design and most of the building works for their architectplanned scheme in Cornwall. The shell erection and main fit-out was completed in just 12 weeks
JAMES FRENCH

Panelised framing systems are right up there with masonry as a leading, cost-effective structural option – offering a host of benefits in terms of build speeds, price certainty and easy detailing for energy performance. Here’s how to go about getting a bespoke design that will suit your requirements.

Who designs timber homes?

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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: - Renovating floors in a period home - Rainwater goods cost guide - Choosing the right smart home security systems - Could an architect save you money?

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REGULARS
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Making eco-conscious choices for fittings and finishes can help protect the environment as well as create a stylish and welcoming abode. Find inspiration among these sustainable options
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
READERS’ HOMES
Richard and Madeleine Harman took a DIY approach to designing and building a beautiful chalet-style home to relax and unwind in
Lou and Shaun Renwick have spent over seven years bringing this Northumberland farmstead, on the edge of the historic Cragside estate, back to life by turning it into a unique family home
Mark and Clare Flower seized the opportunity to create a stunning pair of properties overlooking the Taw-Torridge Estuary in North Devon
With no room to extend, Ronnie Southerton knocked through into her garage instead. This was just one part of a comprehensive remodelling of her late-60s townhouse to maximise use of the space, and satisfy her love of clean-lined, simple design
The Hemingways faced strict planning guidelines for the look of their new self build home, but have achieved the contemporary open-plan style they were after
RENOVATION & BUILDING
As we get closer to finalising the technical design, we need to make core specification decisions and appoint the key partners who will deliver the superstructure of the Build It Education House. Chris Bates looks at what’s involved
Feel confident that you’ve picked the best solution for protecting your property with Charley Ward’s guide to smart home security
Find out what you need to know to commission a successful scheme for your timber frame self build
The Build It Estimating Service’s Adrian Wild compares the upfront and lifespan costs of fitting diff erent types of guttering for your home building project
Creating a new home from scratch can bring a whole host of benefits for your household. Emily Smith highlights the top 10 ways it could change your day-to-day life
This renewable tech takes warmth from the air and repurposes it for space heating. But is it the right option for your project? Our expert Q&A goes beyond the basics to answer the in-depth questions you really want to ask
EXPERT HELP
Julian Owen explains how a registered design professional can add value to your project and potentially help you save cash
Project management expert Mike Hardwick takes a look at some of the pitfalls that are all-too-easy to fall into – and how you can avoid them
Find out how to get the best results for your period home with Alan Tierney’s advice on repairing and replacing cold, damp and unappealing floors
When you employ people to work on your project, it’s wise to put the agreement in writing so that everyone knows what’s involved. Here Tim Doherty takes a closer look at what to include in a contract
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
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Could this charming semi-detached off er the new home this couple are looking for? Mike Dade takes a closer look
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We have a chat with sustainability expert Nigel Griffiths about his role at the Build It Live shows and our new Heating Advice Clinic for 2019