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WORDS EMILY BROOKS PHOTOS JEREMY PHILLIPS

THE McCURDY FILE

NAMES Steve & Janet McCurdy

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Build It magazine’s November issue is packed with detailed practical advice & inspiring projects to help you create your dream home. Here’s a taster of what’s inside: • Stunning eco renovation (page 54) • How to get loft conversions right (page 64) • What you need to know about insulating your home (page 70) • 10 design tips for wetrooms (page 85) • Save money by getting your project budget right (page 100) • How to get planning permission in the countryside (page 106) … and more!

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Editor’s Letter
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READERS’ HOMES
Steve and Janet McCurdy’s Border Oak house is not their first oak frame self build – but this home exactly suits their needs and lifestyle for today, as well as looking to the future
Family ties and a determined approach brought the Gibbons closer together in their bid to create a cosy, characterful new home
Built into a sloping site, Chris and Anthea Desyllas’ three storey home has been designed to slot unobtrusively into the topography of the land and make the most of the pleasant forest views
David and Laura Thomson’s new family home on the banks of the River Dee has been a long time coming, but the results have been well worth the wait
Build It’s former diary contributors George and Rosie Woods reveal how their substantial home renovation project has totally transformed three dilapidated one-bedroom flats into a family-friendly forever home
RENOVATION & BUILDING
Need more space, but can’t face the upheaval and cost of moving? Improving what you’ve got by transforming the attic could be the way forward, says Chris Bates
Getting insulation right is a key part of any building project. Mike Hardwick explores the main options for treating new walls
By incorporating some simple soundproofing solutions into your project at the design stages, you can make noise issues a thing of the past
Organisation and careful planning are key to creating a successful open-plan zone, says Anna-Marie DeSouza
Offering convenience and a touch of luxury, a wetroom will transform your shower into a focal feature. Emily Smith unveils how to create an attractive and functional space
Collecting and reusing the rainfall that lands on your roof can be a straightforward way to lower your water consumption, save money and make your project more sustainable. Chris Bates looks at how it could work for you
Make sure you get this part of your project right with Andy Butchers’ expert tips
EXPERT HELP
Creating an inclusive design means tailoring your home towards the needs of anyone, whatever their age or abilities, says architect Julian Owen
Getting a firm grip on what goes into your project will help focus your design choices and ensure builder’s quotes are accurate; potentially saving you a small fortune, says Chris Bates
Last year, changes to CDM regulations defined the responsibilities that self builders face for the health and safety of their project. Mike Hardwick explains what this means for you and your build
Idyllic, secluded plots with genuine potential may be rare gems – but they can be found; and there are plenty of other opportunities to self build in a rural setting, says Mike Dade
This month, Tim Doherty looks at how to ensure you hire the right people to get your water supply and heating systems right
Essential advice on your problems with building, budgeting, DIY & planning from the most experienced names in the self build industry
Jenny Pender has spotted a rundown stable block that appears to tick all of the right boxes for her rural conversion project – but can she obtain planning permission? Mike Dade investigates
REGULARS
Maintaining the original character of this property was a top
The two wings of this characterful coach house in Laurencekirk,
Following a six-week priority period for local residents, the first
How to avoid tripping up when you apply for your
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
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
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This month we speak to Bruce Bell, founding partner and director of Facit Homes, to get his view on Graven Hill the UK’s biggest custom build homes project