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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
contemporary barn extension
Why build a safe-looking addition to your home when you can create a more daring contrast? Architect Julian Owen offers some tips for a successful design
characterful low-cost cottage
If you’re set on self building but are short on resources, you’ll need to adopt a determined mindset to get high quality for less, says Mike Hardwick
oak frame cottage
Creating a traditional-style house that looks like it’s been in existence for centuries isn’t easy, especially when it also has to conform to modern building standards. Julian Owen explains why the details matter
Scandinavian style boathouse
Architect Julian Owen looks at the history of this key design trend to help you inject some Scandi character into your self build or renovation project
Dulux MixLab Twilight Cinders paint
Don’t forget to make an impact with your entrance hall when designing your self build, says Ifeoluwa Adedeji
traditional oak staircase
Chris Bates speaks to two leading staircase specialists to help you choose between made-to-measure and bespoke
The Worcester Wave heating controller
With the right tools in place, you can maximise the efficiency of your home’s heating system and achieve lower running costs, says Martyn Bridges
stone barn conversion
Well proportioned and full of character, agricultural structures can make attractive residential dwellings. Architect Julian Owen explains why they look like they do
modern single story glazed extension
Get the design of your new glass extension right and you’ll be able to enjoy the space year round, says Ifeoluwa Adedeji


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