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lime render home
By using the right materials and detailing them in the correct way, you can create a dwelling with a long lifespan and minimal maintenance, says architect Julian Owen
contemporary side-return extension
As well as boosting your home’s living space, a side-return extension can have a dramatic effect on the flow of the interior layout. Architect Opinder Liddar shares the secrets to developing a successful scheme
16th century mill conversion
Thinking of revamping a heritage house? Alan Tierney’s expert tips will help you avoid some of the classic pitfalls and ensure you enjoy a successful project
contemporary home with Velfac windows
Julian Owen explores what areas of a home offer the opportunity to design something a little out of the ordinary, which will continue to inspire occupants and visitors
decking coated in Ronseal Decking Rescue Paint
All too often left until last in a self-build project, a landscaping scheme is incredibly important for making sure a home blends in to its setting. Tim Doherty sets out the main considerations you need to account for when planning your outdoor space
sympathetic period renovation
Heritage homes are full of character and historic interest, but making alterations, whether structural or decorative, could have a negative impact on their market value. Here, Alan Tierney takes a look at how to maximise the potential of an older building
open plan living-dining space
Achieving a home that flows properly, with the right balance of rooms to match your lifestyle, is all down to good preparation. Julian Owen explains how architects approach space planning
Welsh Oak home on a budget
It’s important to keep a close eye on costs but that doesn’t mean you can’t create something truly special. Andrew Hobbs reveals how you can get a character-filled oak self build at a price you can afford
British Gypsum Creating a Home Office
Working from home is a flexible, commute-busting option that can help improve your productivity – but only if you get it right. Sarah White reveals how you can create a professional space in your home
home cinema
Achieve the ultimate entertainment and media room with these expert tips from CEDIA’s Matt Nimmons


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