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Homebuilding & Renovating May 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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in this issue

2 min.
editor’s letter

Earlier this year, the Welsh Government and the Development Bank of Wales launched a rather revolutionary new scheme, Self Build Wales, with the aim of helping more people to build their own homes. So, what’s the scheme all about? In brief, you apply for a plot from a designated list, and if successful, you will be required to pay a 25% deposit. The plots available are ‘oven ready’, with planning permission already in place. Now, here’s the unique part: the remaining 75% of the plot balance, together with the cost of the build, are covered by a self-build development loan. This loan is then repayable upon completion of the house, usually in the form of a ‘standard’ mortgage. The scheme is still in its infancy, with many potentials plots ‘under consideration’, but…

5 min.
natural additions

After Guy Bowden retired, he and his wife, Sarah, began their search for a plot in the Monmouthshire countryside, on which they hoped to build a new oak-framed home. What they ended up buying was an old cottage severely lacking in wow factor. “We wanted a plot with a view — this has a limited view, isn’t a plot and came with five acres that we didn’t know what to do with!” begins Sarah. “The cottage was the second place we saw: it was small and very orange. The estate agent suggested we ‘blow it up’ and start again.” The couple continued their search in the area for a smaller site for a self-build, but each time they were drawn back to the land and the cottage. “We viewed the site…

1 min.
key suppliers

DESIGN AND FRAME Emyr Davies atWelsh Oak Frame: www.welshoakframe.com STRUCTURAL ENGINEER Bob Johnson Consulting Structural Engineers: www.bjse.co.uk QUANTITY SURVEYOR Simon J Biggs Ltd: www.simonbiggs.co.uk PLANNING CONSULTANT Alan Southerby Planning Ltd: www.alansoutherbyplanning.co.uk MAIN CONTRACTOR Chris Jenkins: 01873 853953 GENERAL BUILDING MATERIALS Robert Price: www.robert-price.co.uk WOODBURNING STOVE Decoheat: www.decoheat.co.uk BATHROOM SANITARYWARE Castle Plumbing & Heating: www.castle-plumbing-and-heating.co.uk FLOORING Woodpecker flooring: www.woodpeckerflooring.co.uk KITCHEN IRONWORK Oldfield Forge: www.oldfieldforge.co.uk LIGHT FITTINGS Original House Antiques: www.original-house.co.uk…

1 min.
the knowledge: extending in oak

Although their hopes to construct an entire home in oak frame were halted by planning restrictions, Sarah and Guy liked the warm, characterful feeling it offered so chose it for their extensions. “Extending in oak is really no different to extending in any other way,” says Emyr Davis, design director of Welsh Oak Frame and designer on the Bowdens’ project. “It works well with any type of property when the design is carefully considered to work with the aesthetic of the existing property. “Guy and Sarah incorporated a lot of oak, which generally gives a more traditional look and the extensions were sympathetically designed to work with the existing cottage. Replacing the roof with exposed oak and adding an oak framed porch has added character to the existing house and ties…

2 min.
building regs could be backsliding

The government’s proposed changes to the Building Regulations 2020 have faced criticism from leading architects Proposed changes to the Building Regulations for new homes have been criticised for “not being ambitious enough”, while campaigners believe the changes will actually “make buildings less energy efficient”. The changes to Part L (Conservation of Fuel and Power) and Part F (Ventilation) of the Regulations will be introduced this year, laying the framework for the Future Homes Standard, a new standard set to be implemented from 2025 which aims to futureproof new-build homes with low-carbon heating systems. A public consultation on the upcoming changes closed on 7 February, and the government will now collate the public feedback before publishing its outcomes. ENERGY PERFORMANCE A prominent criticism of the proposed changes to Part L is the removal of…

2 min.
councils undermining aspiring self-builders

Some local councils in England are undermining the Right to Build registers, according to Andrew Baddeley-Chappell, CEO of the National Custom and Self Build Association (NaCSBA). He said in an interview on BBC Radio 4’s You & Yours that he had seen “shocking practices” from councils trying to restrict access to the Right to Build registers. Around 11,400 registrations have been added since the start of 2019, but this figure does not reflect the underlying demand. “A significant minority of local councils are undertaking steps to resist or thwart the will of government and the needs of the people,” says Andrew. “We’ve found some pretty shocking practices from local authorities that have made it more difficult for individuals, either by making it too hard to join the registers, or removing people…