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The July edition of Build It magazine brings you a wealth of information to help make a success of your self build, renovation, extension or conversion project – including: • A modern eco home built for just £77,000 (page 44) • Top flooring options (page 65) • Solar PV & battery storage (page 68) • Sliding doors vs bifolds (page 73) • 10 top tips for self builders (page 101) • Design ideas for awkward plots (page 110) … and more!

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Whether you’re planning a self build, renovating a property or adding more space to your current home, you won’t want to miss our next Build It Live show at Bicester. Here are 10 must-see highlights to plan into your visit
A growing family and a desire for a better connection between inside and out led Roy and Marianne Stenhouse to extend their 400-year-old former mill. It’s now a light, open, child-friendly home
Anne and Brian Wildey’s dream plot was hidden in plain sight, as their own garden offered the perfect setting for a new timber frame home that makes the most of beautiful mountain views
Kate and Jon Slattery have transformed WORDS HEATHER DIXON PHOTOS DAVID BURTON a dated 1960s bungalow into a striking house on the outskirts of Leeds
Saira Renny and George Carr have made the most of a spectacular beach setting on the Isle of Eigg with their new energy efficient, sustainable house. The couple’s first self build came in at an impressive £77,000 thanks to a little help from their friends
A renovation project evolved into a self build opportunity, allowing Peter Crosdil to create the oak frame house he’d always wanted
Chris Bates explains the pros and cons of this speedy structural system, and why it could be a good fit for your project
Emily Smith takes a look at the pros and cons of popular flooring solutions for your home
Converting natural light into electricity, photovoltaic panels reduce reliance on fossil fuels, with battery storage further extending their benefits. Nigel Griffiths looks at whether they’re worth the payback times
Sun-soaked interiors, garden views and a harmonious connection between inside and out are just a few of the benefits glazed doors can bring – but which setup is right for your project? We speak to the experts to find out
Inserting a window into the slope of the roof could be the best way to maximise space in your home, but it’s got to look right outside. Emily Smith investigates the options
If you want to let light flow throughout your home and create an attractive feature, then an open flight may be perfect for your modern layout, says Anna-Marie DeSouza
Be inspired by our hand-picked selection of eye-catching flights
Architect Julian Owen explores how a careful approach to planning a property can result in an energy-efficient structure with a low carbon footprint, made with minimum waste
Feel confident and well-prepared ahead of starting your self build project by taking note of Mike Hardwick’s top tips
Make sense of the small print and contractual jargon with Tim Doherty’s expert guidance
Architect Opinder Liddar looks at some common plot headaches and suggests innovative ways they can be overcome
Matt Hudson has realised some land adjoining his current home could offer the perfect opportunity for a self build. Mike Dade takes a closer look at his chances of success
Situated within south London’s Brockwell Park, this
This striking new home in Jersey was designed by the
Mansfield Building Society (MBS) has joined forces
Of new homes in the UK are designed by the owner, compared
The demolition of an old garden centre is now underway
Self build can deliver better quality, more affordable
I had an interesting morning with a group of builders’
Authentic stone roof tiles are a popular choice for
Great shopping ideas for your custom home project
2 PVCu sliding sash window with woodgrain finish, £390
It’s never too early to start looking for the finishing touches for your self build
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