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Rendered beautiful

Rachel Wilson of K Rend discusses the rise in render’s popularity for new buildings, and its use in creating desirable as well as long-lasting finishes. Once a favoured product for existing buildings, rendering has now become a mainstream finish for... View Article

Investing in the right people

When City types Rachel and Lee Oliver decided to build their rural home, putting faith in their architect and builder to make the right decisions proved to be the making of their project. Roseanne Field reports Pulling into the driveway... View Article

Reducing risks

The Protek Group’s Simon Middleton takes a look at some of the risks that can extend beyond people’s contingency, explaining how you can identify and manage your exposure more-effectively and why site insurance is so important Aself-build project can be... View Article

Finding the fibre for you

Carpet manufacturer Lano’s Gary Alp talks through the different carpet fibres available today, from old favourites to the latest innovations, to help you make the perfect selection for your build There’s more to think about when choosing a carpet than... View Article

Composite contenders

Charles Taylor of wood plastic specialists Composite Prime discusses the rise of the composite decking trend and how it is helping to drive the timber industry forward Timber has long been considered one of the most environmentally friendly building materials... View Article

Timber windows – see the light

Jonathan Hey of Westbury Windows and Joinery offers some tips on getting your windows right and explains the benefits of choosing timber When building your own home, even with a big budget, every pound counts. Deciding where to spend your... View Article

Ideas for creating the perfect wet room

Lee Reed, product manager at bathroom and tile retailer Easy Bathrooms, offers some advice on designing a the perfect wet room, from initial considerations, to how the process works, and some design ideas. A wet room could be considered the... View Article

Ventilation apps help create smart homes

Peter Haynes, Technical Product Manager at EnviroVent, looks at advances through the use of the latest technology to reduce installation times and simplify commissioning for ventilation systems. Homebuyers are increasingly looking for gadgets that transform their properties into ‘smart homes’.... View Article

Future-proofing external doors

When looking to buy new external doors, getting value for money is arguably the most important consideration, but increasing financial restrictions on both property owners and landlords means there is extra pressure to minimise costs. Rob Hartill of Permadoor explains... View Article

The rise of smart buildings

Keith Carey of Salto Systems takes a look at the trends having a significant impact on access control, and how they are putting smart systems at the heart of how buildings will be operated in the future. There is a... View Article

A bathroom that works for everyone

Yvonne Orgill of the Bathroom Manufacturer’s Association offers some advice on designing a bathroom to meet the needs of all ages and abilities, without compromising on style Bathing is an integral part of life. Ensuring cleanliness and good health is... View Article

Intellectual energy – Energy Academy Europe, Groningen, Netherlands

A new building in the Netherlands which brings two universities together to help the country move towards a renewables-led future, appropriately embodies sustainable design. James Parker reports on how the architects focused on passive approaches for a carbon-neutral result. While the Netherlands may... View Article

A timeless statement

Tile and bathroom retailer Easy Bathrooms teams up with interior designer Gina Everett of Create Perfect to explain how to achieve a timelessly retro finish in the bathroom While the bathroom is often a place for speedily getting ready for... View Article

Timber’s time has come

David Connacher of Norbord explores the recent developments in the housebuilding industry that are providing sustained momentum in the timber frame construction market. Housebuilding has proved to be the most buoyant sector of the UK construction industry in the last... View Article

Cause for alarm

Adrian Keats of Honeywell provides advice on the options available when choosing fire alarms, and where best to site them – in the context of what he believes is a dangerous level of misunderstanding currently in the market. Despite ever-evolving... View Article

Clearly sustainable

After having their design for a dream home rejected on two sites, a retired couple succeeded in creating a modern, sustainable and visually ‘transparent’ self-build on a rural site in north Devon. James Parker reports Mark and Melanie Goldman’s self-build... View Article

Are you covered?

Janine Brady of SIG Roofing explains the importance of finding the right roofing product, with the right guarantees. The choice of roof covering for a new home is critical. It not only affects the appearance of the property, it also... View Article
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