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Homebuilding & Renovating February 2020

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
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in this issue

2 min.
editor’s letter

The beginning of the new year (and decade) is rather special for us: we’re celebrating our anniversary — Homebuilding & Renovating is turning 30! To mark the occasion, we’ll be bringing you special features and even more expert advice throughout 2020. This issue, we’ve picked out one of our favourite self-builds of the last three decades (you won’t believe it’s a new home), and asked long-time contributor and self-build expert David Snell to reflect on his time with Homebuilding & Renovating (page 36). On this note, we would like to thank our brilliant team of experts, who spend their days on site, advising self-builders and renovators, and their evenings and weekends writing for this magazine. Contributors such as David Snell, Mark Brinkley, Ian Rock, Tim Pullen, Bob Branscombe and Sally Tagg represent…

5 min.
framing the  views

Peter O’Brien and his father Rodney had been running a holiday home business in Dorset for 10 years when an amazing property in the Totnes area came up for sale. “I had always wanted to live in Devon,” begins Peter. The Gitcombe Estate, which Peter and Rodney bought, comprised a Grade II-listed farmhouse, a series of old barns and outbuildings, indoor and outdoor pools, and tennis courts, but although the estate had previously been run as a holiday property, it had not been well-maintained or developed to make the most of the site. Peter moved into the main house, which required complete renovation, while continuing to run the holiday home business. “There was a stable block on the plot that I was using for storage,” says Peter. “But it was by far the…

1 min.

ARCHITECT Leila Westrope and James Lock of Roderick James Architects LLP: www.roderickjamesarchitects.com BUILDER Alec Hoare & Sons: www.alechoare.co.uk OAK FRAME Carpenter Oak: www.carpenteroak.com BUILDING MATERIALS Travis Perkins: www.travisperkins.co.uk;Bradfords: www.bradfords.co.uk KITCHEN RGC, Dartmouth: www.rgcbuildingsupplies.co.uk FLOORING Fired Earth: www.firedearth.com; Beach Brothers: www.beachbros.co.uk BATHROOMS Sapphire Spaces: www.sapphirespaces.co.uk GLAZING Velfac: www.velfac.co.uk DECKING Milboard: www.millboard.co.uk…

1 min.
kitchens & bathrooms preferred uk renovations

An estimated £55billion will be spent on renovations in the next 12 months, research suggests, indicating the healthiness of the renovation market in the UK. A Checkatrade survey of 1,000 homeowners in the UK revealed that more than a third of homeowners expect to spend between £2,000-£10,000 on home improvements, with kitchens and bathrooms the renovations of choice. Around 37% of homeowners will prioritise renovating their bathroom, while 35% will focus on their kitchen. While kitchens and bathrooms were the most popular renovations, other planned renovations included bedroom, garage and loft conversions, and building an extension. Visit www.homebuilding.co.uk for tips on renovating your bathroom and kitchen and design ideas. And on the latter note, this stunning Peckham Rye Kitchen from deVOL certainly provides food for thought.…

1 min.
modular homes market to grow worldwide

Decreasing labour costs and rising construction timelines will lead to robust growth in the modular buildings market over the next six years, according to an analysis from market research company Frost & Sullivan*. While modular homes can be more expensive for self-builders, they can help save on construction and labour costs and lead to faster on-site process: all salient factors in the predicted growth of modular homes worldwide. (Pictured is a high-tech, high-performance modular build from Facit Homes that fits perfectly into an area of outstanding beauty in Hertfordshire.) Be inspired by beautiful imagery of our favourite featured projects on Instagram: @myhomebuilding…

1 min.
build events in january

11 JANUARY 2020 FAST TRACK YOUR PROJECT Potton’s Self Build Show Centre, Cambridgeshire Get self-build advice to help move your project forward and discuss issues relating to your build, from planning permission to architectural design with self-build experts. 18-19 JANUARY 2020 FARNBOROUGH HOMEBUILDING & RENOVATING SHOW Farnborough International, Farnborough Discuss your build with experts, architects and planners and view the latest home products to help with your project as the Homebuilding Show travels to the south east. 29 FEBRUARY 2020 ECO DESIGN, PLANNING & SUSTAINABILITY The National Self Build & Renovation Centre, Swindon This eco workshop at the National Self Build & Renovating Centre will help you learn how your choice of design for your self-build or renovation could impact your home’s energy performance. *FROST & SULLIVAN’S ANALYSIS, GLOBAL MODULAR AND PREFABRICATED BUILDINGS MARKET, FORECAST TO 2025…