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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
Nu-Heat renewable heat sources
Sustainability expert Nigel Griffiths gives his inside advice on which renewable technologies make the perfect partners for heating and hot water
urban Passivhaus with MVHR
Specifying the right MVHR system for your highly insulated dwelling can be essential to meeting Passivhaus standards
Metro 130XT Tunnel Eco Wave gas closed fire by Dru
A dual-aspect unit could make a stunning centrepiece for your home. Emily Smith takes a closer look at the various ways to incorporate this stylish design element in your project


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