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The star letter writer wins an Einhell cordless drill, worth £99.99

We have just completed our Hanse Haus eco home following two years of planning and hard work – and reading Build It, of course. It has been tough but well worth it for the end result. However, there’s one niggle: on applying for a Feed-in-Tariff (FiT) for our solar electric panels, we found that we will only be eligible for the lowest rate (barely worth it at 0.48p per kW). This is because we received our energy performance certificate (EPC) after commissioning the array. It seems that we should have waited before installing any renewables – but we wanted to be generating power from the date we moved in.

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The November edition of Build It magazine brings you all the inspiration & practical advice you need to complete your home building project on time and on budget, including: • A self-built first home for just £47,000 (page 48) • Why build with oak? (page 64) • Rainwater goods: repair or replace? (page 67) • 5 renovation tips for a healthy home (page 81) • Is open plan living right for you (page 103) • Expert guide to lighting and electrics (page 112) … and more!

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Editor's letter
What a difference a month makes. Last issue, I was
READERS’ HOMES
The Milnes hadn’t contemplated selfbuilding before – but taking the plunge has given them the idyllic rural village lifestyle they craved
Stephen Campbell and Laura Hilton have successfully transformed a rundown Victorian property in London into a contemporary family abode
Rob and Jo Glew beat the odds and converted their oak frame barn into a glorious family home
A plot on the family farm with stunning marshland views was the ideal spot for Freddie Pack and Katie McNie to build their new tiny house – a cabin on wheels
With a focus on contemporary family living and energy efficiency, Will and Donna Lawrence took on their first ever major project in the suburbs of Sheffield
RENOVATION & BUILDING
Oak frame offers a natural appeal and characterful allure, but is it right for your self-build? Emily Smith looks at the main benefits of this construction method
This diverse range of homes proves that oak frame is suitable for any house style, whether traditional, contemporary or somewhere in between
Overhead glazing is a key element of most renovations, whether on a loft conversion, extension or a reconfiguration of existing space. Emily Brooks explains how to boost daylight on these projects
Fantastic Inspiration & expert advice for each
Chris Bates gives his top tips on how to make sure
Establishing a living space that supports your family’s wellbeing should be an essential ingredient of any renovation project. Nigel Griffiths explains how you can integrate a healthy approach
Stone is currently experiencing a renaissance in contemporary architecture. Emily Brooks reveals how to use it in your project
EXPERT HELP
With first-time buyers struggling to get onto the housing ladder and the UK population continuing to get older, many self-builders are looking to provide accommodation for grandparents and adult children in their new homes. Julian Owen reveals how your property could suit everyone’s needs
From clay soils to high water tables, there’s a raft of issues that could impact the early stages of your project. Mike Hardwick reveals what you Need to know to overcome them
If it’s designed correctly, this type of layout can be visually appealing and will establish a sociable space for occupants to enjoy. Architect Opinder Liddar weighs up the essential factors to bear in mind when planning this aspect of your scheme
Of all the protected species that could influence your self-build project, bats are the most common. Mike Dade explains what to do if you encounter these creatures
Tim Doherty shares his top tips for ensuring your new house has a suitable electrical supply
REGULARS
This striking new home is the outcome of a knock-down
This chalet-style bungalow has been transformed into
Councillors Jeremy Christophers and Barry Wood, of
Housing and planning minister Alok Sharma MP recently
Government changes to the RHI scheme come into force
I recently had cause to speak at a planning committee
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
Essential advice on your problems with building, budgeting, DIY & planning from the most experienced names in the self-build industry
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
Peter and Joan Foster want to erect a mobile home in their property’s garden for their daughter and her partner to live in – but would this require planning permission? Mike Dade investigates
It’s FREE to subscribe to PlotSearch – the UK’s premier land finding resource with over 8,000 genuine building opportunities, all with planning permission guaranteed. The plots collated here are a hand-picked selection, but you can find plenty more in the online database. To find out more and to subscribe call 0345 223 4499 or visit the website at www.plotsearch.co.uk
We catch up with Harvey Fremlin, managing director of the National Self Build & Renovation Centre (NSBRC) about why the venue is such a valuable resource for people tackling a major project
December issue on sale 25th October
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