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Homebuilding & Renovating December 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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in this issue

2 min.
editor’s letter

Making decisions is one of the most rewarding and challenging aspects of renovating or building a home. Sometimes making these decisions will come easily; on other occasions, even the most seemingly minor selection will keep you awake in the early hours. There’s no sugar-coating it, from appointing your architect, right down to finding your preferred door handles, choosing to take on a project is the first in a (very) long list of decisions. Reading about the experiences of those who’ve gone before us can be invaluable during the decision-making process. With this in mind, we tasked self-build expert and author of the brilliant Housebuilder’s Bible, Mark Brinkley, to explain how and why he made the choices he did on his latest build. Importantly, he also reflects on what those products and…

6 min.
mid-century renovatıon

THE HOMEOWNERS Jason and Sarah Orme LOCATION Staffordshire HOUSE BOUGHT 2014 SIZE 380m2 BUILD TIME 2016-2018 HOUSE COST £415,000 BUILD COST circa £200,000 VALUE Unknown Our project takes the rather tired property mantra ‘You can’t change the location but you can change everything else’ to heart. We bought this house for its site, with lovely views front and back, large garden, its position, the village, local schools, nearby pub and all the rest of it. And we changed everything else. Having identified a particular part of Staffordshire/Derbyshire, we kept an eye out for plots and houses of potential in three or four villages. The one we ended up buying was one we’d scanned past on Rightmove lists many times before. The images were poor and the ‘what on earth is it?’ question remained unanswered. It was only when, with a…

1 min.

BUILDER Ben Schuck: 07971 265991 LEAD DESIGNER Pete Tonks: 01487 208670 ADDITIONAL DESIGNERS Aaron Chetwynd: 01889 270013; Jon Grew: 01283 540393 STRUCTURAL ENGINEER GRM Development Solutions: 01283 551249 DOORS AND WINDOWS Velfac: www.velfac.co.uk ROOFLIGHT Glazing Vision: www.glazingvision.co.uk FRONT DOOR Churnet Valley Joinery: 07875 538622 FLAT ROOF Sarnafil installed by Manuka Roofing: 07971 541964 STAIRCASE Central Joinery: 01283 212142 BRICKS York Handmade Brick: www.yorkhandmade.co.uk TIMBER CLADDING Silva Timber: www.silvatimber.co.uk PLASTERBOARD Habito from British Gypsum: www.british-gypsum.com INSULATION Kingspan: www.kingspan.com INTERNAL DOORS Howdens: www.howdens.com WOODBURNING STOVE Aga: www.agaliving.com LIGHTING Pooky: www.pooky.com FLOORING Tile Choice: www.tilechoice.com KITCHEN UNITS Benchmarx: www.benchmarxkitchens.co.uk KITCHEN APPLIANCES AEG: www.aeg.co.uk KITCHEN SINK & TAP Franke: www.franke.com BIOMASS BOILER Windhager: www.windhager.co.uk EN SUITE Geberit: www.geberit.co.uk SHOWER Aqualisa: www.aqualisa.co.uk WETROOM TRAY Impey: www.impeyshowers.com PATIO TILE Bradstone: www.bradstone.com…

1 min.
extension planning rules face update

Arevision has been announced that could enable homeowners to add two floors to their existing home, using the Permitted Development (PD) legislation which currently facilitates small-scale extensions. The proposal could theoretically make it easier for renovators and extenders to expand their homes upwards. The measure was revealed by Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick at the Conservatives’ annual conference, but, with the announcement yet to be formalised, it is unclear how this loosening of planning permission will be legislated. The proposal has raised fears regarding a rash of unsightly developments; there have been concerns that in suburbs and cities this could open up problems for communities faced with controversial home designs. However, Conservative Party ministers hope it will allow growing families to expand their properties without the need to move. And, councils will likely maintain…

3 min.
self-build & renovation

A EUROPEAN FIRST The Autarkic House is a new fully off-grid, solar-hydrogen powered individual home – a European first – that has obtained planning approval in Devon. As the name suggests, the house is entirely self-sufficient: it does not require mains connections to electricity, gas, water or drainage. According to planning practice Rural Solutions, it is a “European first in mechanical engineering for a single house”. The Autarkic (artist’s impression pictured), is a Paragraph 79e consent project that is being developed by Autarkic Living and Rural Solutions in collaboration with architects StudioExe. BUILD EVENTS IN NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER 1-3 NOVEMBER HARROGATE HOMEBUILDING & RENOVATING SHOW, Harrogate Conference Centre 16-17 NOVEMBER SOMERSET HOMEBUILDING & RENOVATING SHOW, Bath & West Showground, Somerset The Homebuilding & Renovating Show comes to Harrogate and Somerset, with a range of experts on hand…

2 min.
heat load and heat loss are key to home design

It seems to me that we are getting to a point where we are blaming almost everything on climate change and avoiding the issues rather than solving them. Hot summers: climate change; cold wet winters: climate change; sharks in the channel: climate change; high utilities costs: climate change. But is it just a convenient answer to a complex question? Although we perhaps cannot influence governments directly, perhaps there’s an opportunity to dig a bit deeper and see if indeed there is something we can do in our own patch rather than shrugging our shoulders and blaming climate change? In our homes we are the creators of change and the best way to make a meaningful change is to understand more about how our homes operate and the efficacy of any improvements…