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lime render home
By using the right materials and detailing them in the correct way, you can create a dwelling with a long lifespan and minimal maintenance, says architect Julian Owen
ICF house with steel supports
Energy efficiency and speedy build times are the headline benefits of using insulating concrete formwork – but many architects also favour this system because of its design flexibility, says Emily Brooks
Build It Awards best home 2017
Our judges have handpicked a six-strong shortlist of self-build, renovation and conversion projects – now it’s your turn to tell us which one you think deserves to be crowned the best home of 2017
Danish coal fired bricks
Create a decorative feature out of your home’s facade by building a pattern into the walls. Emily Smith investigates the options
Kitchen units from Europe
Mike Hardwick looks at the pros and cons of purchasing goods for your build overseas – and what you need to consider before you sign on the dotted line
contemporary side-return extension
As well as boosting your home’s living space, a side-return extension can have a dramatic effect on the flow of the interior layout. Architect Opinder Liddar shares the secrets to developing a successful scheme
Pyramid glass roof by IDSystems
Edward Stobart from IDSystems unveils the key factors to bear in mind when installing glazed elements within your home’s roof structure
Snug Architects contemporary home
Even the best-laid plans can face objections. Mike Dade reveals the tricks and tips that will help you overcome resistance to your design from planners, neighbours and more
16th century mill conversion
Thinking of revamping a heritage house? Alan Tierney’s expert tips will help you avoid some of the classic pitfalls and ensure you enjoy a successful project
Nu-Heat renewable heat sources
Sustainability expert Nigel Griffiths gives his inside advice on which renewable technologies make the perfect partners for heating and hot water