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New home captures spirit of self-build

Best Self Build or Renovation 2018: The Shortlist

OWNERS Dennis & Maureen Stephens

PROJECT Self build

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Build It is the UK's most practical magazine for self builders and renovators looking to create their dream home. Here's a sneak peak at what's inside this issue: - Vote for Britain's best home of 2018 - Energy saving windows - How to build your own home for under £200k - Getting the most from your builder - Smart kitchen tech - Front door cost guide ... and more!

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