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If there’s one thing nearly all self-builders and renovators have in common, it’s the desire to make the most of their opportunity to tailor a home specifically to suit their needs. Achieving great results often relies just as much on careful planning as what actually happens on site, so this issue we’ve got plenty of advice for those of you at the early stages of your project. Over on page 113, Mike Hardwick sets out the 10 key things you need to know before you start a self-build. Once you’ve decided to take the plunge, one of the big questions will be how much living space you need. Architect Julian Owen gives his advice on how to get room sizes right on page 94. If you’re keen to add more space and value to your existing property, find out whether you need planning consent – and the tactics that will help you obtain it – with Mike Dade’s guide on page 104.

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Looking for ideas and practical advice to help you create a tailor-made home that suits your lifestyle perfectly? The July issue of Build It has you covered. Here's a sneak peek at what's inside: - Self-build secrets: 10 things you need to know before you build - How to get planning permission for your extension - PVCu windows: are they the right choice for your project? - The best ways to insulate foundations - Going off-grid: options for heating & electrics - Budgeting basics: how to get an accurate estimate for your build ...and more!