What do I need to know to build an underground bunker?
Hi, How do I build an underground bunker in the UK? I don’t know where to start. I am worried that I’ll need to have an engineer to sign off the works. I think I need to adhere to the rules and regulations but I’m not sure what they would be or where to look. [...] Read more
Land Search for Co Housing and Community Self Build
As experienced self builders based in Stroud, my husband and I have joined forces with a co housing group in our search for land as self builders. We have been looking unsuccessfully for about 4 years in the Stroud Gloucestershire area and are now evaluating brownfield sites with companies such as TOWN (who were involved [...] Read more
Which solar panel brand should we use?
We are looking to install around 18 flush fitting solar panels but unable to decide if it makes sense to use non branded much cheaper panels (50%) versus a known top brand? All input much appreciated Read more
Garage conversion vs changing existing floorplan
Generally speaking, which is likely to be a cheaper/easier option: 1) Convert double length garage, relocate and install new kitchen and utility room, remove existing kitchen and convert to reception room 2) Build an external porch, knock out the internal entrance hall to make the front half of the house an open plan kitchen/dining space, [...] Read more
Solar Car Port
I am looking for a reputable manufacturer and installer of a solar car port or solar system to add to home with car charger essentially for charging an electric car at home. I have not seen any articles on this in your magazine or have I missed it? Would be grateful for any information you [...] Read more
Hi If I submit a plan to the local planning dept. for PD extensions, do I need to also include with it a proposal for all future PD developments which we may wish to add later ,e.g. pool area, or can we apply later separately, assuming PD is still in existence. To confirm, my reason [...] Read more