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For many self builders and renovators, the start of a new year represents the ideal opportunity to get their projects started. It also marks a flurry of activity at Build It HQ, as we put the finishing touches together for our advice and inspiration-packed exhibitions. Our first Build It Live shows of 2017 are coming up in the South East on 4th & 5th February and the North West on 18th & 19th February – and they’re the perfect place to track down the information and products you need to make a success of your scheme. Find out more about what to expect on page 103 or visit www.builditlive.co.uk to book tickets (don’t forget to take advantage of the 2-for-1 ticket offer on page 72!).

Even if you can’t make it to the shows in person, there’s still plenty of expert guidance and design ideas to feast on in this month’s issue. the owners of our cover house, Brian and Loveday Ellis, found the inspiration to create their gorgeous barnstyle home in these very pages. You can read all about their self build journey on page 22. If you want to add a little wow factor to your own project, don’t miss architect Julian Owen’s top tips on page 92. Building with oak frame is a great way to add instant character to a self build – and this month, Andrew Hobbs reveals how you can achieve a spectacular result on a tight budget (page 68).

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READERS’ HOMES
Living in a barn
Reading self build magazines convinced Brian and Love day Ellis that creating their own dream home from scratch in a quiet Hampshire village was the way forward
Modern country home
Even though Diana and Colin McCabe originally aimed to self build a traditional farmhouse, they’ve ended up with a contemporary dwelling that they absolutely adore
Characterful barn conversion
Emma Gordon’s methodical approach to project management proved to be a success when she took on the challenge of transforming a derelict barn into a stunning dwelling
Heading for the hills
Replacing a tired 1840s lodge with a beautiful holiday home has helped Lucy Holt breathe new life into the estate that houses several generations of her family
Playing the waiting game
After 10 years of failed planning applications to remodel their old cottage, John and Sue Lawson were ready to move on – only to discover that starting from scratch could give them the opportunity to create their ideal oak frame home
RENOVATION & BUILDING
5 steps to a bespoke oak frame home on a budget
It’s important to keep a close eye on costs but that doesn’t mean you can’t create something truly special. Andrew Hobbs reveals how you can get a character-filled oak self build at a price you can afford
Water-based underfloor heating
Rebecca Foster reveals the facts you need to know about this highly-efficient heating system
Specifying windows for renovations
Fenestration is an integral part of any project, but what do you need to consider when choosing something that suits you and your property? Anna-Marie DeSouza’s essential guide will help you get it right
Double-sided stoves & fires
A dual-aspect unit could make a stunning centrepiece for your home. Emily Smith takes a closer look at the various ways to incorporate this stylish design element in your project
How to combine renewable heat sources
Sustainability expert Nigel Griffiths gives his inside advice on which technologies make the perfect partners for heating and hot water
EXPERT HELP
Creating the wow factor
Julian Owen explores what areas of a home offer the opportunity to design something a little out of the ordinary, which will continue to inspire occupants and visitors
Understanding site insurance
Getting the right policy in place to protect your site and self build or renovation project, both before and during works, is hugely important, says Tim Doherty
10 ways a visit to Build It Live can help make your dream home happen
The year’s most inspiring self build and renovation shows kick off in February with two information-packed exhibitions in the South East and North West. Build It editor Chris Bates highlights 10 reasons you can’t afford to miss out
11 COMMON PERIOD HOME RENOVATION MISTAKES
Thinking of revamping a heritage house? Alan Tierney’s expert tips will help you avoid some of the classic pitfalls and ensure you enjoy a successful project
DEALING WITH PLANNING OBJECTIONS
Even the best-laid plans can face opposition. Mike Dade reveals the tricks and tips that will help you overcome resistance to your design from planners, neighbours and more
How to create your perfect side-return extension
As well as boosting your home’s living space, this kind of addition can have a dramatic eff ect on the fl ow of the interior layout. Architect Opinder Liddar shares the secrets to developing a successful scheme
Sourcing materials abroad
Mike Hardwick looks at the pros and cons of purchasing goods for your build overseas – and what you need to consider before you sign on the dotted line
GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY
With outline permission in place to build a new home on this plot, Mike Dade explains how Oliver and Sarah Farnden can take their plans forward
REGULARS
Inspiration
The designers at Giles Pike Architects have successfully
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Ask the EXPERTS
Essential advice on your problems with building, budgeting, DIY & planning from the most experienced names in the self build industry
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In Focus
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Next month…
April issue on sale 22nd February
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