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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
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


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