Interior

Internal Wall Insulation

While cavity wall insulation is first and foremost in the minds of most when it comes to insulating walls, it’s obviously not a solution for old solid-walled homes, which do not feature cavities. Options instead…


A Guide to Conservation Areas

If you’re looking to build a new house, or improve an existing one, in a Conservation Area, you’re probably aware of a vague complication somewhere down the planning permission line. Plan ahead, and not only…


15 Ways to Make Sure You Stay on Budget

View this project → Some might think that the most important element in a self build or renovation project is the plot or house. And, indeed, they would be right to an extent — without…


Guide to Bat Surveys and Solutions

Lesser Horseshoe bats (image by John Black/www.bats.org.uk) The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (WCA) protects bats and their roosts in England, Scotland and Wales. Some parts have been amended by the Countryside and Rights of…


Building a Holiday Home

An award-winning contemporary self build on the Devonshire coast Claire Lloyd looks at successful examples and explains why it’s crucial to decide from the outset whether you’re undertaking this project to create a family holiday…