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MARTIN GARDNER

Waterfront living

A couple came to AR Design Studio with a contemporary vision for a home on a plot on the edge of the Bosham estuary within an area of outstanding natural beauty. They wanted to achieve a modern scheme that would sit well in the idyllic surroundings. The team at AR worked closely with both Chichester Harbour Conservancy and the planning department to achieve a sensitive design, despite tough constraints to work within.

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Make a success of your bespoke home building project with inspirational design ideas and practical advice from Build It magazine. Our September issue includes: - Barn Conversion Guide - Buying Land - money saving tips - Should You Use an Architect? - Designing Your Home Renovation - Windows: Repair or Replace? - Build It's real-life Self Build Education House ... and more!

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We’ve got a treat for you this issue. Build It’s Self
REGULARS
A couple came to AR Design Studio with a contemporary
Great shopping ideas for your custom home project
New England style interiors, with their beachy nautical influences, are perfect for creating bright and breezy living spaces that still feel homely and cosy
Looking to fund your bespoke home project? Each month we round up the best deals from leading lenders and update you on what you need to know to secure the right finance
Essential advice on your problems with building, budgeting, DIY & planning from the most experienced names in the self build industry
The first step in your self build journey is tracking down a viable building site. Keep yourself ahead of the competition with Build It’s top plot hunting tips
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
Could this patch of land on the edge of a housing estate make the perfect site for Larry Nixon’s new family home? Mike Dade investigates
October issue on sale 28th August
READERS’ HOMES
Victor Day took on his first oak frame self build with the help of his brother, resulting in the award-winning cottage he now shares with wife Helen and his in-laws
Jackie and Rhod Finn have taken a dated seventies property and added some Miami-Beachinspired design flair, turning it into a polished family home
Michael Hammill pulled out all the stops to turn a dilapidated former mechanical garage into a fabulous urban home
Sandra and Huw Watkins’ cleverly concealed self build home delivers open-plan living and panoramic views
Adam Laskey and Daisy Sawle embraced the unique quirks of a sea-view property in Falmouth to create the perfect home for their young family
A lot goes into the fi rst fi x infrastructure of a home before the walls can be plastered. Chris Bates reveals the lessons we’ve learned during this crucial phase of our build
RENOVATION & BUILDING
Finalising your ideas and having plans drawn up for transforming an existing property into your dream home isn’t something to rush, says Emily Smith
The financial incentives for home electricity generation may not be as attractive as they once were – but it still makes sense to install technology that captures the sun’s energy. Emily Brooks explains the basics
Jane Crittenden outlines what you need to know to choose the best garage design for your home
With self builders seeking cost certainty and long-term value for money, timber build systems have come of age. Emily Brooks surveys the latest developments
Sustainability expert Nigel Griffi ths takes a look at whether the fl icker of real fl ames can still make a viable and eco-friendly contribution to space heating
Rebecca Foster weighs up the pros and cons involved in restoring tired-looking sash windows versus installing new ones
EXPERT HELP
Architect Julian Owen explains how to present these essential documents to any prospective construction workers
From tracking down a property ripe for transformation to developing the design, conservation expert Alan Tierney summarises what you need to know
Your self build project can only start once you’ve found the right site. But what are the red flags that could signal an expensive mistake? Mike Dade shares his expert insights for getting this important purchase right
Opinder Liddar takes a closer look at some of the common misconceptions associated with engaging a professional designer for your bespoke home building project
While the costs associated with hiring a project manager may give you pause for thought, a decent professional can more than make up for the fee incurred in multiple ways, says Mike Hardwick
Tim Doherty shares what you need to know to get this crucial element of your new home right