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copper-clad cantilevered level
There are so many design decisions to be made when building your own home, but what small touches could make a big difference to your overall scheme? Emily Smith unveils what areas of your new house could benefit from a little extra design flair
contemporary outbuilding
Building an outbuilding in your garden has many potential purposes, from providing somewhere to work from home through to offering the perfect location to sit back and admire your landscaping, says Emily Smith
modern bedroom cabinets
A well-planned master suite offers a comfortable, stylish space to begin and end your day, tucked away from busier areas of the home. Rebecca Foster offers her advice on how you can get this zone right
18th century barn conversion
Converting a non-residential building into a home offers the opportunity for a unique dwelling that oozes design prowess. Here, Emily Smith unveils an array of impressive projects, along with some top tips from the experts
landscaped garden
Start planning your garden before finalising the design of your self build home to reap the rewards of a great outdoor space, says architect Julian Owen
permeable block-paving
Create a fabulous frontage for your home with an attractive driveway and garage. Emily Brooks explains the costs and benefits of the main design options for both
contemporary home with kerb appeal
A property that creates an appealing first impression maximises its value and makes coming home an even greater pleasure, says Emily Brooks
timber frame home on sloping plot
Understanding the opportunities and limitations presented by your plot will be a huge advantage when it comes to designing your home. Architect Julian Owen explores how to get the best out of your site
An Open Plan Conversion
Light-filled, open-plan living spaces can transform how you interact with your home – but it’s vital that you consider fire safety and Building Regulations at the design stages
barn conversion by Stonewood Design
Transforming a farm building could give you a beautiful home that’s packed with character. Chris Bates reveals some of the essential considerations to help you achieve a successful barn conversion

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