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Baufritz zero carbon house
Chris Bates looks at the ins and outs of how to create a comfortable dwelling that has a positive impact on your wellbeing
curved contemporary bungalow
Architect Julian Owen investigates why bungalows are a popular house style choice for self builders and unveils the numerous advantages of single-storey living
OB Architecture glazed extension
Rebecca Foster unveils some ideas to help you update the visual appeal of your home
Victorian villa extension
Any extension will have a major effect on the appearance of the property, so the design always requires real care and attention – but this is especially important if you’re working on a heritage building, says Alan Tierney
copper-clad cantilevered level
There are so many design decisions to be made when building your own home, but what small touches could make a big difference to your overall scheme? Emily Smith unveils what areas of your new house could benefit from a little extra design flair
contemporary outbuilding
Building an outbuilding in your garden has many potential purposes, from providing somewhere to work from home through to offering the perfect location to sit back and admire your landscaping, says Emily Smith
modern bedroom cabinets
A well-planned master suite offers a comfortable, stylish space to begin and end your day, tucked away from busier areas of the home. Rebecca Foster offers her advice on how you can get this zone right
18th century barn conversion
Converting a non-residential building into a home offers the opportunity for a unique dwelling that oozes design prowess. Here, Emily Smith unveils an array of impressive projects, along with some top tips from the experts
landscaped garden
Start planning your garden before finalising the design of your self build home to reap the rewards of a great outdoor space, says architect Julian Owen
permeable block-paving
Create a fabulous frontage for your home with an attractive driveway and garage. Emily Brooks explains the costs and benefits of the main design options for both

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