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Homebuilding & Renovating

October 2019

Homebuilding & Renovating is the UK's number-one magazine for home extenders and self-builders. From build costs, planning permission, hiring builders, to project managing subcontractors and step-by-step DIY guides, each issue is packed with the best expert advice to help you deliver your project on time and within budget. You'll also find inspiring case studies of completed projects, and all the design ideas and inspiration you need to create your dream home. Whether you're renovating and extending an existing property, or building a new home, Homebuilding & Renovating magazine is your essential project companion.

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editor’s letter

If there’s one element of my renovated home that continues to delight, it’s the electrics. While not the most glamorous or attention-grabbing aspect of a property, there’s an undeniable benefit to introducing sockets exactly where you need them (banishing trailing wires for one). At home, I’ve also quickly come to appreciate the convenience of having a light switch next to the bed (and not just by the door), the cosiness created by layering downlights, wall lights and accent lighting in the living room, and well-placed spotlights which bring the vaulted ceilings to life at night. What this all boils down to is the unique opportunity a project provides to design and build in these small details which can have a big impact and make home life that little more convenient. And…

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homebuilding & renovating

EDITORIAL Editor Claire Lloyd Associate Editor Natasha Brinsmead Assistant Editor Michelle Guy Editorial Assistant Amy Reeves Contributions by Nick Robbins and Alison Wall ART Head of Art Billy Peel Senior Art Editor Emily Smith Art Editor Karen Lawson Contributions by Cliff Newman and Gary Stuckey MARKETING Events Marketing Director Melanie Kay 01527 834452 Group Marketing Manager Eve Mulvaney 01527 834445 Group Marketing Manager Anjuman Tariq 01527 834493 Marketing Manager Hema Dhingra 01527 834483 Senior Marketing Executive Alicia Maragh 01527 834402 Senior Digital Marketing Executive Vicki Wilson-Lees 01527 834409 Marketing Executive Kerry Waite 01527 834445 ADVERTISING AND EXHIBITIONS SALES TEAMS Group Media Director Mark Wright mark.wright@futurenet.com Strategic Partnership Director Jackie Sanders 01527 834426 jackie.sanders@futurenet.com Print and Digital Sales Manager Kelly James 01527 834471 kelly.james@futurenet.com Print and Digital Sales Manager Rebecca Vincze 01527 834415 rebecca.vincze@futurenet.com MAGAZINE AND WEB PRODUCTION Head of Production Mark Constance Production Project Manager Clare Scott Advertising Production Manager Joanne Crosby Digital Editions Controller Jason Hudson Production Manager…

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reinventing the bungalow

Laura and Will Dewar had the problem many families living in cities face: a lack of space and a growing family. For years they’d trawl property websites, with evenings and weekends spent viewing possible contenders. Keen to move from their small flat in Wimbledon to create their own ‘grand design’, they had the benefit of Will being an experienced architect, but finding a plot or property proved a big challenge. London was soon ruled out and they expanded their search down the A3 to Surrey, eventually settling on Farnham as it was close to London but also had a rural feel, excellent schools and a family-friendly community. “We had a few properties booked in to view that day and it was all a bit rushed,” Will recalls. “The first property was called…

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the floorplans

The ground floor has been largely remodelled to form an open-plan sociable space, while the new first floor features several bedrooms with vaulted ceilings. FIRST FLOOR 1 Bedroom 2 Bathroom 3 Bedroom/study 4 Bedroom 5 En suite 6 Master bedroom GROUND FLOOR (AFTER) 1 Sitting area 2 Playroom 3 Bathroom 4 Formal living room 5 Utility 6 Kitchen 7 Dining GROUND FLOOR (BEFORE) 1 Master bedroom 2 Bedroom 3 Bathroom 4 Kitchen 5 Dining 6 Living room SUPPLIERS ARCHITECT Will Dewar, Sketch Architects: www.sketch-architects.co.uk BUILDING CONTRACTOR Project managed by Sketch Architects using subcontractors SIBERIAN LARCH CLADDING Silva Timber: www.silvatimber.co.uk WINDOWS AND DOORS ACS Home Improvements: www.aschomeimprovements.co.uk; ALUK: www.aluk.com KITCHEN UNITS Ikea: www.ikea.com KITCHEN WORKTOP Worktop Express: www.worktop-express.co.uk BATHROOM Victoria Plum: www.victoriaplum.com; Victorian Plumbing: www.victorianplumbing.co.uk…

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my best build decision

“My best build decision was undoubtedly going into the loft space to double the size of the property, but the design decision I’m most proud of is lowering the ground floor in the lounge and dining area,” says Will. “The site slopes, so lowering the floor gives you better access to the garden. Previously, because of the topography, you would have to go down six narrow concrete steps to access the garden, but now the sliding doors from the dining area open directly onto the decking, then it’s only a couple of steps down to the garden. “Internally, this also helps zone the space: with the kitchen slightly elevated a few steps above the dining and lounge areas. This gives you an elevated head height of 2.9m above the lounge and…

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call for help to build scheme

The National Custom and Self Build Association (NaCSBA) has called for an equity loan scheme, akin to Help to Buy, for self-builders. The Help to Buy scheme is an equity loan from the government to first-time buyers and existing homeowners to help them buy a newly built home within a budget of £600,000, but it does not benefit self-builders. NaCSBA, along with 12 lenders operating in the self-build market, has presented the government with a Help to Build Equity Loan proposal which would require the government to take an equity stake in a completed home. This would be a payment to the mortgage lender on practical completion, as opposed to the housebuilder at legal completion. The proposed scheme would help a younger generation of self-builders jump onto the housing ladder. For full…