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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
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


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