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Homebuilding & Renovating

Homebuilding & Renovating April 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.

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2 min.
editor’s letter

As spring approaches, you might be edging closer to starting on site, or perhaps you’ve already broken ground: either way, it’s a pivotal and exciting moment in a building project. At Homebuilding HQ, we also have a rather important date in the diary this March: the National Homebuilding & Renovating Show. Stepping away from your project for the day and taking a trip to the NEC, Birmingham, to attend the Show (26-29 March), is going to be time well spent for anyone embarking on a renovation, self-build, extension or conversion project. The seminars and masterclasses are among my particular show highlights. I spent my early years at this magazine in the various theatres — absorbing hard-won wisdom and advice on anything and everything from kitchen design to build costs, from our…

9 min.
the perfect fit

It was a case of the stars aligning after a series of throw-away conversations, coincidences (both good and bad) and a very helpful neighbour led Penny and Michael Young to purchase their plot and subsequently self-build the beautiful oak frame house they now call home. “We were living a few minutes away in a big Edwardian house at the time,” explains Penny. “We had lived there for 26 years and brought up our two daughters there, but it was freezing cold all the time. The floors were cold, the roof was cold and we just thought: ‘why are we trying to heat a five bedroom house?’ We started looking for smaller period houses but then realised that we would just be exchanging a big problem for a little problem. Then we…

1 min.
key suppliers

OAK FRAME AND ENCAPSULATION PANELS Oakwrights: www.oakwrights.co.uk ARCHITECT Helen Needham at Oakwrights: www.oakwrights.co.uk STRUCTURAL ENGINEER Matthew Pritchett: 07795 258322 BUILDER Andrew Brooks Builders: 07789 990706 ELECTRICS Matrix Electrical Contractors: www.matrixelectricalengineering.co.uk PLUMBING Simon Fitzgerald Plumbers: 07966 490742 UNDERFLOOR HEATING Wundatrade: www.wundatrade.co.uk AIR RECOVERY SYSTEM Systemair: www.systemair.com BRICKLAYING Iain Findlayson: 07749 174480 GENERAL BUILDING SUPPLIES Builders Supply Store, Coventry: www.bsscov.co.uk KITCHEN Nick Brooks Kitchens: 07737 101671 CLADDING StoRend: www.sto.co.uk WINDOWS Velfac: www.velfac.co.uk BIFOLDS Kloeber: www.kloeber.co.uk ROOFLIGHTS KeyLite: www.keyliteroofwindows.com WOODBURNING STOVE The Heating Centre: www.theheatingcentre.co.uk GAS FIRE The Heating Centre: www.theheatingcentre.co.uk BATHROOMS Coventry Heating and Plumbing Supplies: www.covplumbing.co.uk WOOD FLOORING Oak Warehouse: www.oakwarehouse.co.uk INTERNAL DOORS Oak warehouse: www.oakwarehouse.co.uk LIMESTONE FLOORING Terzetto: www.terzettostone.co.uk STAIRS Paul Shields Joinery: www.paulshieldsjoinery.net FRONT DOOR MG Joinery: www.mgjoinery.co.uk FACE GLAZING GJWilliams: 01432 850062 GARDEN DESIGN Jill Dempsey Garden Design: www.jilldempseygardendesign.co.uk ALUMINIUM GUTTERING Mid-Wales Guttering: www.mid-wales-guttering.co.uk…

1 min.
selected costs

Oak frame (design & build) and WrightWall and WrightRoof encapsulation system £160,000 Windows and bifold doors £15,000 Flooring £13,000 Internal doors £2,000 Air system £4,500 StoRend £22,000 Kitchen and utility room £22,000 Builders’ wages £100,000 Underfloor heating £5,400 Wood burning stove and gas fire £5,000 Electrical suppliers £5,000 Scaffolding £4,000 Face glazing £7,700 Plumbing and heating £5,800 Staircase £5,000 Bathrooms £6,200 Guttering £3,000 Mechanical ventilation with heat recovery system £4,600 Floor screed £5,500 Front door and gates £4,000 Security system £3,300 Builders’ merchant supplies £87,000 TOTAL £500,000…

1 min.
councils using ‘dirty tricks’ with self-build registers

A growing minority of local authorities are using ‘dirty tricks’ to limit the number of people on Right to Build registers, according to the National Custom and Self Build Association (NaCSBA). Around 11,400 new registrations have been added to the self- and custom-build registers since the start of 2019, NaCSBA revealed, but these numbers do not match the underlying demand. NaCSBA says the strategies deployed to find ways to avoid meeting this demand include removing the names of people who’ve joined a register to justify reducing the number of plots that they need to grant permission for — around 8,000 names have been deleted. Since April 2016, an estimated 55,000 people have signed up to Right to Build registers across England, but due to roughly 8,000 removals, the total currently sits…

1 min.
vat should drop to 5% on renovations, report argues

The Living in Beauty report, undertaken by the Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission, has recommended an alignment of the current VAT system to encourage the reuse and renovation of existing buildings and homes. Under the current VAT system the construction of a new build is zero rated, while the vast majority of housing renovations and improvements are charged the full rate of 20%. The Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission was established in 2018; the independent body advises government on how to ensure new homes are of high quality in design terms and fit within existing communities. The Living in Beauty report, led Nicholas Boys Smith, founder of lobby group Create Streets, called on the government to align the VAT system more closely with new build ‘to stop discentivising the reuse of existing…