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Mike Dade is a land and planning specialist. He is a contributing editor of Build It, a plot hunting expert and author of books on planning and plot issues. He is one half of Speer Dade consultants (www.speerdade.co.uk).

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Get your self-build or renovation project started with advice & inspiration from Build It magazine. Here's what to expect in the January issue: • How the Rogers built an Arts & Crafts-style modern home • The latest on smart home technology • Are woodburning stoves eco friendly? • Heating options for renovations • Avoiding grand designs disasters • Plot Watch: Did they get planning consent? ...and much more!

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REGULARS
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Great shopping ideas for your custom home project
It’s never too early to start looking for the finishing touches for your self-build
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
READERS’ HOMES
First-time self-builders John Bearman and Stephanie Rogers faced a steep learning curve on this project, but meticulous research has helped them to realise an ambitious three-storey home that beautifully blends traditional and contemporary features
Hard work and creativity have helped Will Rome convert his old bungalow into a two-storey home fit for modern living, all on an impressively small budget
Working with an architect helped Rachael and Anthony Locke realise the true potential of their idyllic, but prickly, woodland plot
Mark and Stephanie Fernandez have transformed an outdated bungalow into a contemporary masterpiece fit for modern family life
When it came to creating a bespoke Highland home on the fringes of a loch, Iain and Lesley MacDonald decided on a premanufactured structure that arrived in eight modules
RENOVATION & BUILDING
Emily Smith looks at how the latest devices can enhance how you interact with your home
Could a gravitydefying flight bring wow factor to your home? Emily Smith investigates how to achieve this style
Woodburners have recently hit the headlines as potential causes of poor air quality – but is this a fair criticism? Sofia Delgado looks at how to ensure your appliance has the minimum impact on our environment
Bringing fresh air in and pushing stale air out is a vital component of a healthy living environment. Chris Bates takes a look at the main solutions for whole-house ventilation
Rebecca Foster gives the lowdown on these two structural systems to help you decide which option is the best fit for your project
A major project can signal the perfect opportunity to upgrade your heating system. Nigel Griffiths reveals what you need to know about everything from getting insulation right through to selecting the best appliance and emitters
EXPERT HELP
Architect Julian Owen takes a closer look at common selfbuild pitfalls and how to make sure your project doesn’t fall victim to them
Bright spaces aren’t confined to modern houses, says Alan Tierney, but you have to work carefully with older dwellings to let the sunshine flood in
Treat a partner or a friend this Christmas to a regular
Good use of thermal mass can help to reduce the cost of heating and cooling your home. Tim Doherty looks at how it works – and how to best integrate it into your building project
Mike Dade takes a look back at four potential plots he’s visited in recent years, and lets us know whether the hopeful self-builders and renovators managed to gain permission to go ahead with their projects
When it comes to sourcing materials, we all want to get the best possible deal. Mike Hardwick looks at what that means for self-builders – and whether merchants are the right place to put your money
You’ll want your renovated house to be somewhere that wows guests and makes you proud when you pull up on the drive, so what are the best ways to make sure your property leaves a lasting impression? Architect Opinder Liddar investigates
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
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 Door Couture author and Urban Front designer Elizabeth Assaf to ask her about the details homeowners need to take into account when choosing a contemporary front door for their selfbuild or renovation scheme