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Homebuilding & Renovating

November 2021

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.

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
12 Issues

in this issue

1 min
editor’s letter

For a nation obsessed with our homes, and with property ownership, it’s a shame that building our own homes is not as commonplace for us as it is in other countries. In Germany, for instance, just over half of new builds are delivered in this way. The problem isn’t apathy — a third of us are interested in building a home* and I’m sure that given a choice most would opt for an individual home over the identikit new builds put up by some of the big housebuilders. However, the unfortunate fact remains that there are some key barriers to entry, like finding a suitable plot, planning permission, and finance. This could be set to change. In August, Richard Bacon MP (who’s been championing the self-build cause alongside industry body NaCSBA…

1 min
our experts

MICHELLE GUY is Deputy Editor and has just completed her kitchen renovation. NATASHA BRINSMEAD is Associate Editor and has renovated her Edwardian home. JACOB BARLOW is Production Editor. Turn to page 191 to read his opinion piece on VOCs. HUGH METCALF is digital editor of www.homebuilding.co.uk. Read page 185 this month. TARA GBOLADE is an architect and co-founder of London-based Gbolade Design Studio. ANDY STEVENS is an award-winning builder, broadcaster, and host of building podcast Build: It. NIMI ATTANAYAKE is a co-founder of nimtim architects. Read her design guide masterclass on page 108. TIM PHILLIPS is a quantity surveyor and shares what a QS can bring to a project on page 90. MARK BRINKLEY is author of the Housebuilder’s Bible and writes about stylish pocket doors on page 103. DAVID HILTON is an expert in energy efficiency and Director…

5 min

Major self-build review published A review from Richard Bacon MP makes recommendations that could deliver up to 40,000 self-build homes a year. Mr Bacon, MP for South Norfolk and self-build advocate, was commissioned by Boris Johnson to review how to scale up the delivery of self- and custom-build homes. The 114-page review makes six recommendations, including wider publicity for Right to Build registers, measures to promote green homes and modern methods of construction, an investigation into tax disparities between self and speculatively-build homes, and the formation of a Custom and Self Build Housing Delivery Unit to support the creation of serviced plots. The review also references international models for self-building, and explains how the UK could replicate the best of their successes. More information at www.homebuilding.co.uk/news A change of plan New planning changes add clarity…

5 min
twin peaks

HOMEOWNERS Chris and Sarah Dale, with their son Ewan and cat Archie LOCATION South Hams, Devon PROJECT Two-storey extension to previously converted barn CONSTRUCTION Stone barn with steel and timber frame extension BUILD TIME 11 months (Sept 2018 - Aug 2019) SIZE 145m2 HOUSE COST £256,000 (in 2006) BUILD COST £211,000 +VAT VALUE Unknown After living in their barn conversion for 14 years, Chris and Sarah Dale were faced with a conundrum familiar to many homeowners: should they move to a larger house to keep up with the needs of their young family, or stay in their idyllic Devonshire location? “When we first moved into the barn it was perfect for two people but once our family grew we knew something would have to change,” begins Chris. “The village has such an amazing sense of community but the house [which…

1 min
spotlight on: the stairwell

The key to unlocking the old and new spaces was moving the staircase from the existing house into the new extension. Not only does this open up the existing lounge into a much larger space, it also brings the stairs out into a strikingly contemporary ply-lined atrium. “The birch ply was Tim’s idea,” explains Sarah. “We didn’t really know what to expect or what it was going to look like before it was finished but he planned it all out and it’s amazing. It’s not what you’d expect from the outside so when people come in it’s such a lovely surprising feature. It’s definitely my favourite part of the house,” she says. The exposed stone of the barn and a hardwearing flagstone floor help to tie the modern space into house’s rural…

1 min
the plans

SUPPLIERS ARCHITECT Tim Offer Architects: www.timoffer.com STRUCTURAL ENGINEER MJM Structural Engineering: 01752 891932 MAIN CONTRACTOR AD Williams: www.adwilliamsconstruction.co.uk STEEL STRUCTURE First Choice Metalworks: 01752 657747 PLUMBING AND UNDERFLOOR HEATING AS Plumbing & Heating: www.a-s-plumbing.co.uk ELECTRICAL Adtec Systems: www.adtecsystems.co.uk KITCHEN Keith Holder Kitchens: www.khkb.co.uk WINDOWS AND DOORS Nordic Designs: www.nordicdesigns.co.uk; NorDan: www.nordan.co.uk BIFOLD DOORS Centor: www.centor.com BATHROOM Fountain Direct: www.fountaindirect.co.uk ENGINEERED OAK FLOORING Havwoods: www.havwoods.com OAK STAIRCASE Moorwood Joinery: moorwoodjoinery.co.uk SLATE FLOORING Kenyon Canopy: www.kenyoncanopy.co.uk PATIO STONE Markstone Granite: www.markstonegranite.co.uk TILES Tileflair: www.tileflair.co.uk ZINC ROOFING Joce Roofing: www.joceroofing.co.uk SELECTED BUILD COSTS DEMOLITION AND SITE PREPARATION £10,445 FOUNDATIONS £3,255 STRUCTURAL ELEMENTS £14,020 CONSTRUCTION £59,472 STAIRS £8,292 LININGS AND TRIM £15,927 WINDOWS AND DOORS £25,000 DRAINAGE £6,700 ELECTRICS £2,637 HEATING £11,890 KITCHEN £6,643 BATHROOM £3,688 OTHER MATERIALS £4,817…