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Homebuilding & Renovating

April 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 we’ve remodelled!

CLAIRE LLOYD has been a member of the Homebuilding & Renovating team for over a decade. She’s just completed her latest renovation (IMAGE: SIMON MAXWELL) Most of us choose self-build — it’s a long-held ambition; an opportunity to create an individual home; a chance to build a property flexible enough to adapt with us; or all of the above. But, on occasion, self-build chooses us. This was perhaps the case for Shelagh Krasno, the self-builder behind this month’s cover house (below). Determined to remain living in a location she loved following a change in circumstances, Shelagh spied an opportunity to build a new house in the garden of her former period home.The project was not without challenge (planning permission, for one — the land stands outside the…

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a dream project

THE ELEVATIONS Originally designed as a bungalow, the L-shaped cottage benefits from an upper dormer storey. The double-height glazed gable adds drama. Mature trees on site provide a natural shade, preventing overheating in the summer months. Down a small, rural lane, set in the heart of Hampshire, sits Fox Pightle. If you didn’t know better, you’d think the oak frame, weatherboarded cottage had stood for decades. It nestles neatly into its 0.4 acre greenfield plot, sunk down slightly to counter a small slope, and looks every inch the postcard-perfect country home. It’s the sort of place that makes you think: “I wish I could build something like that.”For Shelagh Krasno, building a house on her own was not something she expected from her life, but when she…

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the suppliers

DESIGNER Frank Dowling: dowlingfrank@hotmail.com BUILDER Allan Oxlade Building Services: oxlade3@hotmail.co.uk GROUNDWORKS AND LANDSCAPING Stephen Mills: www.smillsgroundworks.co.uk ARCHITECT Jeff Brown: greenshadowarch@gmail.com PLANNING CONSULTANT Ian Lasseter: www.dggplanning.co.uk STRUCTURAL ENGINEER Pattern Associates PLUMBER AND HEATING ENGINEER Dick Christmas: dickchristmas@hotmail.com ELECTRICIAN Paul Clements: www.pscservices.co.uk OAK FRAME Westwind Oak Buildings: www.westwindoak.com WINDOWS AND DOORS P & P Glass: www.pandpglass.co.uk ROOF TILES Willow Tiles: www.willowtiles.co.uk KITCHEN Handmade Kitchens of Christchurch: www.handmadekitchens-direct.co.uk CEDAR CLADDING English Woodlands Timber: www.englishwoodlandstimber.co.uk ATRIUM GLAZING Worle Glass and Joinery: www.worleglassandjoineryltd.co.uk RECLAIMED BRICKS J.Brant Reclamation: juliebrant@hotmail.co.uk BUILDING MATERIALS Buildbase: www.buildbase.co.uk HEDGING CGJ Mathias & Son: www.hedgesonline.co.uk WOODBURNING STOVE The Portishead Stove Company: www.portisheadstovecompany.co.uk ■…

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the build

Key to the project was the support of friends and family (shown with Shelagh and dog Teasel, far left) and the professional team, with a special mention to groundworker Steve Mills and ‘Big Al’ (shown opposite, holding the dog). “Big Al’s organisational expertise and cheerful disposition were invaluable to the finished product,” says Shelagh. Other highlights of the project for the first-time self-builder were having the oak frame delivered (“that was unbelievably exciting,” she remembers), and the topping out ceremony. “Tea and homemade cakes kept up the spirits in bad weather,” she adds. ■…

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modular housing a solution to the housing crisis?

(IMAGES: C/O NHOUSE) In 2017, the UK government stated that 300,000 new homes would need to be built annually until 2025 to combat the current housing shortage. However, with reasons including a lack of skilled workers and rising building material prices, the industry is only managing to build 190,000 houses per year. But according to Insulation Express, modular homes could be the way forward.The latest generation of prefabricated modular housing could mean that the process becomes more affordable, and can be delivered faster.One example is nHouse, which offers green homes that can be delivered and assembled for local councils, housing associations and self-builders.The CLT (cross-laminated structures, pictured) can be erected in less than a week. ■…

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a smarter home the latest smart cameras

The Arlo Ultra Smart Hub is the next generation in smart security.The 4k Ultra HD resolution system features noise-cancelling microphones (designed to minimise background noise and  accentuate foreground audio, such as voices), a 180 viewing angle with integrated spotlight, and colour night vision.This wireless system is suitable for outdoor and indoor use, with prices starting from £129. (*SELF & CUSTOM BUILD MARKET REPORT 2017) YOUR RIGHT TO BUILD Over 40,000 people have signed up to the Right to Build register across England since 1 April 2016, according to the National Custom and Self Build Association (NaCSBA).The registers are a record of those who would like to self-build, with local authorities required to make enough plots available to meet demand. NaCSBA believes that more people would sign up if local authorities…