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Schluter underfloor heating cross-section
Choose between these heat emitters with our guide to the systems’ main pros and cons
 Richard Griffiths with smart heating control swtich
Engineer Richard Griffiths tells us why he switched to smart heating control after renovating his home
Self-builds and renovations must comply with basic healthy, safety and efficiency standards. Andy Butchers gives his top tips on how to ensure you get the requisite approvals in place
System boiler by Worcester Bosch
Martyn Bridges from Worcester, Bosch Group takes a closer look at this central heating option
Looking for an entrance door that will set your home apart? Chris Bates finds out how you can get it right
solar panels on renovated home
Rebecca Foster delves into some of the essential considerations when it comes to installing renewables as part of your home improvement scheme
oak frame self-build
What are they and how do they work? Mike Dade looks into when planning obligations can be helpful and when they can become a project burden
Mike Hardwick explains why the prices you call in from contractors can differ – and what you need to know to get an accurate figure for all the works involved in your project
Build It Awards Best Self-Build Architect or Designer
Our judges have a shortlist of 10 of the best self-build architects – now it’s your turn to help us pick a winner
restored original chimney stack
Uncovering an original detail could create a stunning focal point in your newly renovated house, but taking the incorrect approach to restoring it could damage its historic value. Alan Tierney explains how to reinstate heritage elements