Construction output drops for third consecutive month

According to the latest Office for National Statistics figures, the construction sector’s monthly output fell by 1.3% in June 2021. This is the third consecutive month that output has fallen, which the ONS attributed to a decline in repair and... View Article

UK Property Market Outlook: 9 August 2021

Activity in the UK housing market was frenetic in June as buyers and sellers rushed to beat the stamp duty holiday deadline. What has emerged since is an untenable disconnect between supply and demand. Demand has outstripped supply in most... View Article

Slowest rise in construction output since February

The recovery in UK construction output has lost momentum since June, with slower growth seen in all three main categories of work, according to July PMI data compiled by IHS Markit and CIPS highlighted. Survey respondents reportedly often cited difficulties... View Article

Bull in the Oak

Nestled away in a hamlet just outside Market Bosworth lies what appears to be a typical Leicestershire farmstead. Except this country idyll has pushed the boundaries of design and planning and is now home to a bespoke development of five... View Article

Here’s one they made earlier

Potton MD Mark Stevenson explains how the evolution of ‘prefab’ or ‘flatpack’ methods of self-building means the the assumption they prevent customisation is an now outdated one When you think of the terms ‘flatpack’ and ‘prefab’, you might picture a... View Article

Action stations

If you’re building a dream home away from it all in a beautiful countryside location, it may mean no access to the mains sewer; Dan Berry from Harlequin Manufacturing explains why packaged pump stations are a simple answer If a... View Article

The home front

What will you choose for your dream home’s facade? Lisa Grosse of Cedral explains why fibre cement cladding makes a great choice, for both practical reasons and the aesthetic ‘wow’ factor As well as providing protection against heat, cold, wind,... View Article

Reduce your water footprint

Bart Sobieszczanski of Ideal Standard answers the key questions around how to specify bathroom products to maximise water-saving benefits, and increase your build’s sustainability as well as cost-efficiency When it comes to water-saving in the home, one of the main... View Article

Triumph and tragedy in Cornwall

Renovating a centuries-old collection of buildings into a family home became a labour of love for a mum and her young son looking to leave London behind for Cornwall’s Atlantic coast TEXT & IMAGES EWEN MACDONALD Moving to a new... View Article

Spotlight on housing & care

A spotlight has been shone on how we house and care for our older generation in the UK, Anne-Marie Nicholson of Life3A explains more In our post pandemic world, we have the perfect opportunity to adjust our design approach to... View Article

Interior Inspiration: Fires & Fireplaces

There are a plethora of products on the market to help heat your outside space as well as traditional interior spaces, with homeowners keen to blend interior and outdoor living. We round up some of the current options for creating... View Article

A modern classic

Holly Ghent of Pash Classics explains the various rules to follow when looking to bring the classically suave and stylish Mid-Century Modern look back to life, in any room or space It’s an interior style that is almost 100 years... View Article

First time lucky

LISTEN HERE 🔊 Presented with the opportunity to do a self-build in his East Grinstead home’s garden, Tim Lamont found it impossible to resist, and he enjoyed it so much he’s already planning the next instalment TEXT ROSEANNE FIELD The... View Article

Victorian values brought up to date

LISTEN HERE 🔊 A family in London found the ideal Victorian property for a renovation project that would provide the space they needed – though it needed a major overhaul to the layout, plus some contemporary touches of their own... View Article

Master of Arts & Crafts

LISTEN HERE 🔊 Thanks to years of experience in the construction industry, Howard Vaughan knew exactly how to transform a rundown Arts & Crafts house into a polished gem for his family to enjoy Text Rebecca Foster Images Carl Blank... View Article