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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
brick and flint clad home
There are plenty of things that can go wrong at the design stage of a project, but as long as you know what to look out for, it’s fairly easy to avoid them, says Julian Owen
contemporary farmhouse extension
If you want to make a significant home improvement, with the prospect of increasing property value as well as floor space, what’s the best route? Anna-Marie DeSouza looks at the options
3D render from Build It 3D Home Designer
To celebrate the launch of Build It 3D Home Designer, editor Chris Bates looks at how you can take advantage of this user-friendly software to help ensure project success
3D software render of house design
Build It 3D Home Designer offers a user-friendly and cost-effective way to engage with the planning stages of your project, allowing you to draw your own plans or import an existing scheme and see it instantly in 3D
bifold doors opening onto decking
With good planning, you can achieve a scheme that supports your family’s needs both now and in the long-term, says Opinder Liddar
light and spacious kitchen extension
Julian Owen explains how taking the right approach to planning a suitable extension project can help you reap the rewards
kit home on the Isle of Skye
Seaside plots and properties may be highly desirable, but they’re accompanied by some weighty design considerations on everything from weatherproofing to maximising the views, says architect Julian Owen
industrial conversion kitchen
Julian Owen reveals the key architectural elements required for establishing a pared-back industrial finish
mobile shepherd's hut
Whether you want a quiet home office away from any distractions, a pool house or a fully fledged annexe, a garden room might be the answer, says Jane Crittenden


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