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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
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
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 you’re self build is approaching the finish line, there are a few essential steps to take to reach completion
self build stone Passivhaus
Architect Julian Owen looks at a range of eco considerations to include in your house plans if you want to create a truly sustainable home
contemporary log home
Ideal for rural settings, these charming homes are growing in popularity on UK shores. Jane Crittenden finds out why
Thermafleece CosyWool natural insulation
One of the best ways to lock heat inside your home is to pack in plenty of insulation. From sheep’s wool to hemp, Rebecca Foster explores the array of natural options available for sustainable home building projects
wheelchair ramp in lifetime home
Consider your family’s current and future requirements at the planning stages of your project, and you’ll be rewarded with a home that can be easily adapted over time to suit your lifestyle
Cellulose insulation laid  on a membrane between the joists of a suspended timber floor
Historic properties not only have low embodied energy, but many are not as inefficient as you may think – and there are lots of ways to make improvements without harming the character, says Alan Tierney


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