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energy efficient self-build home
Looking to self-build your own ultra-efficient home? These schemes reveal the range of design and materials options available for low-energy homes
gabled dormer window
Inserting a dormer window into the slope of the roof could be the best way to maximise space in your home, but it's got to look good outside. Emily Smith investigates the options
decking coated in Ronseal Decking Rescue Paint
All too often left until last in a self-build project, a landscaping scheme is incredibly important for making sure a home blends in to its setting. Tim Doherty sets out the main considerations you need to account for when planning your outdoor space
sympathetic period renovation
Heritage homes are full of character and historic interest, but making alterations, whether structural or decorative, could have a negative impact on their market value. Here, Alan Tierney takes a look at how to maximise the potential of an older building
Tudor Style Home
Building materials, parking arrangements, landscaping and the welfare of wildlife are just a few of the areas where restrictions could be imposed on your planning permission. Here, Mike Dade explains how to tackle them
open plan living-dining space
Achieving a home that flows properly, with the right balance of rooms to match your lifestyle, is all down to good preparation. Julian Owen explains how architects approach space planning
Welsh Oak home on a budget
It’s important to keep a close eye on costs but that doesn’t mean you can’t create something truly special. Andrew Hobbs reveals how you can get a character-filled oak self build at a price you can afford
penetrating damp and condensation mould
Period property expert Alan Tierney reveals how to properly identify and stop condensation and other damp issues in a heritage home
enjoyable self build project
Mike Hardwick has built his own home and helped countless others achieve their dreams. Here, he sets out his golden rules to take the stress out of running a scheme
Ashley Vale collective self build
There are many challenges along the route to building your own home, but one way to increase your chances of succeeding is to band together with like-minded people and tackle a collective project, says Julian Owen

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