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Assessing a self-build plot

Before you purchase a site, you’ll need to make sure it’s able to match up to the criteria for your dream home. Mike Dade’s checklist will help you gauge a plot’s true potential for self-build

This former quarry has consent for a fourbedroom contemporary home. A pre-app meeting with the council could determine whether a revised design, to better suit the buyers, would be acceptable
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Find the advice & inspiration you need to build or renovate your dream home, including: - Cover house... a charming vernacular new home in the countryside - Specifying sustainable building materials - Design ideas for listed buildings - Can smart homes be hacked? - Self-building for profit ... and more!

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Great shopping ideas for your custom home project
Turn your scheme into a tropical vision by incorporating summer florals, bold shades of green and statement pieces in gold and brass
Whether you’re planning a self-build, renovating a property or extending to add space and value to an existing home, here are 10 reasons you can’t afford to miss the upcoming Build It Live show at Bicester, on 9th & 10th June
Hamish and Liberty Martin took a gamble on an overgrown plot and built a vernacular home that supports both their lifestyle and business needs
John and Jenny Kinsley have pioneered collective custom build in Scotland – creating a home for themselves alongside three other intrepid families
Needing more space and a modern dwelling to suit their needs, Richard and Tory Benson opted to buy a detached mid-century house and transform it into the high-tech family home of their dreams
Chris and Margaret Swales’ new home, built in the garden of the house where their son lives, may be modest in size – but it’s packed with personality and practical features that help to maximise space
When David and Lynette Proctor had the opportunity to self-build their own home, they focused on how they wanted to live both now and in the future
Entering the world of self-building for the first time can be a daunting prospect. Mike Hardwick reveals why hiring a package home firm could be the ideal route for novices
Your home’s flight is much more than a functional feature; it can add impact and wow factor to your interiors. Here are the latest on-trend design ideas
Looking for some creative flights that may suit your home? Here’s our handpicked selection of the latest stair styles
Tiles aren’t just the practical choice for wet areas. They can also bring vibrant colour and pattern, and define the mood of the entire space – with something for all budgets, says Emily Brooks
No construction method scores a perfect 10 on all fronts, but for every scheme there’s an optimum way to build, depending on your priorities. Emily Brooks takes a look at how the decision gets made in the real world
The Build It Estimating Service’s Adrian Wild takes a look at what you can expect to pay for this part of your project
So you want a state-of-the-art abode with all the bells and whistles – but if you believe the tabloids, you might be opening yourself up to the risk of a cyber attack. Anna-Marie DeSouza investigates the security issues surrounding home technology
Looking to make your self-build or renovation as sustainable as possible? Nigel Griffiths reveals the essentials you need to know when specifying what goes into your new home
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Value for money is a big attraction of building your own house; but does that translate into an opportunity for profit? Tim Doherty takes a closer look
Architect Julian Owen takes a look at what design elements can help to reduce the risk of damage caused by flooding
Before you purchase a site, you’ll need to make sure
Are you planning major works on a property with protected status? Architect Opinder Liddar discusses the key concerns and how to maximise the historic building’s design potential
Robust and quick to install, this system could be the best choice for your selfbuild project – and not just for the ground floor, says Mike Hardwick
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
Could this empty building be the ideal opportunity for Ashley and Perry Grainger to take on a renovation project in their preferred location? Mike Dade takes a closer look
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We talk to Peter Creedon, operations director at glazing specialist Roof Maker – which has recently launched a Passive House Institute certified rooflight – about how to maximise daylight in your home without wasting energy