Plots & planning

workshop conversion
Keen to create a bespoke home in a built-up area? Mike Dade reveals the wealth of opportunities that could fit the bill – from infill plots to office and shop conversions
stone-clad Passivhaus
Mike Dade zones in on what makes a self build project sustainable in the planners’ eyes – and what it means for your application
Taking on a project under permitted development rights could save you time, money and trouble, says Mike Dade
auction room
Arm yourself with the knowledge needed to decipher whether a property or plot for sale at auction has genuine potential or should be avoided, as Mike Dade unveils what you need to know before entering the auction room
minimalist modern eco home
Gaining consent to build your ideal home on the right plot can be a daunting process. Mike Dade reveals some of the most common pitfalls self builders encounter at the planning stages – and gives his tips on how to beat them
sketch of self build scheme
Councils are advised to discuss schemes with self builders and renovators prior to the formal planning process – but is pre-app all it’s cracked up to be? Mike Dade investigates
timber clad rural home
Searching for a spot to create your dream home is an emotional journey but it’s vital that you fully assess a plot or existing building before you sign on the dotted line. Mike Dade gives his inside tips on how to get this crucial stage right
contemporary home on a sloping plot
Plots with significant gradients can offer the chance for unique and inspiring homes. Here, architect Julian Owen investigates what you need to know to ensure your house works in unity with the landscape
contemporary shop conversion
Follow these essential tips for ensuring your renovation or conversation is a success
converted grade 2 listed forge
Alan Tierney gives us the lowdown on what it means if your home, or one you’re looking to buy, has listed building status


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