Building routes

a tricky plot
From troublesome trees to stubborn soils, a whole host of problems can make the early stages of your project difficult to navigate – but they can be solved
contemporary brick clad home
Rebecca Foster takes an in-depth look at the pros and cons of brick and block construction to assess whether it’s suitable for your scheme
Yulio VR website on a tablet
Andrew Hobbs reveals 5 handy apps and software that can help ensure your self build or renovation runs on time and on budget
push-fit plumbing
Andy Butchers shares his insider tips to help troubleshoot this part of your project
drainage inspection chamber
Make sure you get this part of your project right with Andy Butchers’ expert tips
block laying
In the second part of our series on hiring contractors, Tim Doherty takes a look at what you should expect from groundworkers and brickies – and how much they’ll charge
roofer laying slates
Andy Butchers shares his insider knowledge to help you troubleshoot this key element of your building project
prefab timber home
These outstanding dwellings demonstrate the sheer versatility of timber frame, oak and structural insulated panels in making your dream home ambitions a reality
stable block conversion
Conservation expert Alan Tierney explores how to take a sensitive, informed and realistic approach to making a traditional home more energy efficient
glazed oak frame gable end
If your self build is approaching the finish line, there are a few essential steps to take to reach completion


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