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workshop conversion
Keen to create a bespoke home in a built-up area? Mike Dade reveals the wealth of opportunities that could fit the bill – from infill plots to office and shop conversions
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
Worcester Wave smart thermostat
The latest bells-and-whistles thermostats give you instant, intuitive access to managing your home’s heating and hot water – but will they slash your bills? Chris Bates talks to the experts to find out
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
Build It's model house
Getting a grip on what your self build project is likely to cost will help you focus your design choices, check builders' quotes and may even save you money, says Chris Bates
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
stone-clad Passivhaus
Mike Dade zones in on what makes a self build project sustainable in the planners’ eyes – and what it means for your application
contemporary white radiator
A traditional heating setup offers a wealth of benefits. We investigate some of the misconceptions associated with radiators and explain why they could be a good match for your scheme
Worcester woodburning stoves
Martyn Bridges gives his expert view on common stove queries