Materials advice

Schluter underfloor heating cross-section
Choose between these heat emitters with our guide to the systems’ main pros and cons
 Richard Griffiths with smart heating control swtich
Engineer Richard Griffiths tells us why he switched to smart heating control after renovating his home
System boiler by Worcester Bosch
Martyn Bridges from Worcester, Bosch Group takes a closer look at this central heating option
Looking for an entrance door that will set your home apart? Chris Bates finds out how you can get it right
solar panels on renovated home
Rebecca Foster delves into some of the essential considerations when it comes to installing renewables as part of your home improvement scheme
restored original chimney stack
Uncovering an original detail could create a stunning focal point in your newly renovated house, but taking the incorrect approach to restoring it could damage its historic value. Alan Tierney explains how to reinstate heritage elements
engineered timber flooring
There’s plenty to consider when specifying wood flooring, from selecting a product that suits your home to applying the correct finish. Rebecca Foster explains how to get it right
Danish coal fired bricks
Create a decorative feature out of your home’s facade by building a pattern into the walls. Emily Smith investigates the options
Kitchen units from Europe
Mike Hardwick looks at the pros and cons of purchasing goods for your build overseas – and what you need to consider before you sign on the dotted line
Pyramid glass roof by IDSystems
Edward Stobart from IDSystems unveils the key factors to bear in mind when installing glazed elements within your home’s roof structure


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