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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
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
British Gypsum Creating a Home Office
Working from home is a flexible, commute-busting option that can help improve your productivity – but only if you get it right. Sarah White reveals how you can create a professional space in your home
home cinema
Achieve the ultimate entertainment and media room with these expert tips from CEDIA’s Matt Nimmons
Cavendish bathroom range
Functional doesn’t have to mean clinical and regimented, as there are so many options for creating a stylish bathroom, says Emily Smith
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
Sylva Group Design & Build Homes
There are many routes to creating your ideal home, but if you want a stress-free journey, turnkey could be the way to go, says Craig Strachan from Sylva Design & Build Solutions
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


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