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Design details: guttering

Polypipe’s Elegance Colour range is available in 11 hues to allow a personalised look. The hand-applied colour coating is infused with anti-chip technology, and is available with a matt or cast iron-style finish

As well as playing a practical role in taking rainwater away from your home’s structural fabric, guttering can have big impact on the look of your property. An eaves system is the classic setup for most UK houses, where the collecting channels are positioned along the bottom edge of a pitched roof. Alternatively, hidden arrangements – often known as secret or box gutters – can help to achieve a sleek contemporary effect.

With an eaves setup, the conduits are surface-mounted to the fascia boards. Profiles range from the classic half-round shape (with deep flow options if you need extra watercarrying capacity) to more decorative ogee options, where the curved edge of the pipe forms an elongated S shape. Square versions can suit contemporary-style architecture.

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Build It magazine's new September 2018 issue is packed full of ideas and practical advice to help you successfully create your dream home. Here's our pick of some of the top features this issue: - Top tips to save you £10,000s on your home building project - How to get real value for money from your builder - Are SIPs sustainable? - Design ideas for a better, healthier home - Make your home water efficient - Choosing the right windows for a heritage property ... and more!

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Community Housing Fund to aid self build groups in
When I first read about government plans to extend
Great shopping ideas for your custom home project
Find inspiration in the many colours and textures in nature and adopt an African themed design style for your home
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
• Fantastic inspiration & expert advice for each
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 the overgrown plot that Ray and Maya Kerr found on Google Maps be the right self build site for their dream home? Mike Dade takes a closer look
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
Essential advice on your problems with building, budgeting, DIY & planning from the most experienced names in the self-build industry
Discover Annabel and David Jones’ stunning contemporary
We ask Ted Stevens, Rural Urban Synthesis Society (RUSS) trustee, about an innovative south London community housing project that recently gained planning consent
READERS’ HOMES
Peter and Katy Worthy have replaced a 1950s bungalow in Surrey with an ultra-modern, efficient and high-tech family home
Brian and Donna Gavin worked with their son Stefan to design and build a low energy SIPs house suitable for their retirement
Ceramic artist Dorienne Carmel and her husband Alan breathed new life into a Victorian gatekeeper’s lodge and created a sculptured garden to showcase her work
Val and Rory McGouran’s ideal plot was right under their noses, as their garden offered them the opportunity to build a new contemporary home
After living in their 1950s home for a couple of years, Carole and Ben Hepburn decided the straightforward update they’d planned wasn’t enough, and instead took on a complete remodel and extension project
RENOVATION &BUILDING
From choosing the right product to working out how to lay the material and what mortar to use, Sophie Vening’s helpful guide reveals all you need to know about specifying bricks for your project
Get your system up to scratch now – well in advance of winter – and you’ll reap the benefits on your energy bills, says Chris Bates
Whether you’re self building, renovating or extending, your new floor will have a key role to play in the success of your finished home. Emily Smith takes a closer look at the main material options
Get your budget on track and nip potential cash-draining issues in the bud before you buy a plot with these cost planning tips from the Build It Estimating Service’s Adrian Wild
Rebecca Foster explains how the right rainwater goods can boost your home’s kerb appeal
From heat output to ventilation requirements, there’s lots to bear in mind when fitting your appliance. Rebecca Foster lays out what you need to know
A stove can add a cosy focal point to a room – check out our inspiring selection of eye-catching options
Rebecca Foster looks at whether this modern construction method could be the best fit for your ecofriendly home building project
EXPERT HELP
the risks from pollution outdoors are well-known, but our dwellings’ design and the elements used to build them can also affect our health. Architect Julian Owen looks into how to choose products and materials that are better for us
Ensure your project meets the standards set out in the government’s guidance with Tim Doherty’s advice
Not sure of the best approach to upgrading your period property’s windows? Alan Tierney lets us in on the secret to getting this project right, including when to repair and when to replace
Could you bag a real bargain in the bidding hall? Land and planning expert Mike Dade looks at the pros and cons of this route to buying property and reveals what you need to know before you get started
Sustainability expert Nigel Griffiths reveals what you need to know to get your water usage in line with other eco elements of your home building project
Want to finish your project on time and on budget? then a good relationship with your contractors is crucial, says Mike Hardwick