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Homebuilding & Renovating June 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

1 min.
editor’s letter

It perhaps goes without saying, but the vast majority of us have spent a great deal more time within our homes of late (for very good reasons), perhaps with children and immediate family members in tow. Indeed, the notion of home as a safe haven has taken on a new level of meaning. The upshot of this is twofold: both the positives and shortcomings of our properties are thrown into sharp relief. Many of us are now hankering after that dedicated home office (where we can shut the door and work undisturbed), or a larger kitchen and more living space. Perhaps you’ve even decided that you no longer want to compromise and that the only possible way to achieve a home that works for you is to build your own. The good…

5 min.
building the good life

Zoë and Norman Carter are no strangers to building sites, so when they decided to relocate to be closer to their grandchildren, they knew they would be looking for another project. “We self-built our last house in Cornwall and lived there for 10 years,” begins Zoë. “We knew that we were going to have to build again because we wouldn’t be satisfied living with other people’s decisions! “We love the Cotswolds so began looking for plots of land and buildings that could be refurbished,” she adds. In many ways, the project Zoë and husband Norman took on represents the best of both worlds: they have restored a Grade II-listed cottage, adding a generous contemporary extension. “We had never been to Winchcombe until we saw the house, but really liked the sound of…

1 min.

ARCHITECT John Ford Architecture: 01242 673103 EXTERIOR CLADDING Brook Bros: www.brookstimber.com WINDOWS AND EXTERNAL DOORS FOR EXTENSION Internorm by Ecohaus: www.ecohausinternorm.com EXTERNAL WINDOWS FOR COTTAGE The Period Metal Window Company: www.periodmetalwindows.co.uk INTERNAL DOORS FOR EXTENSION Dueren: www.deuren.co.uk KITCHEN Alitalia: www.alitalia.co.uk LANDSCAPING DESIGN Jo Alderson: www.joannealderson.com LANDSCAPING IMPLEMENTATION Emotive Landscapes: www.emotivelandscapes.co.uk LIGHTING DESIGN d-light design: www.dlight.com DRIVEWAY Sudstech via Langford Direct: www.sudstech.co.uk EXTERNAL STEELWORKS The Traditional Company: www.thetraditionalco.co.uk INTERIOR DESIGN Barnbury: www.barnbury.com HOME AUTOMATION Loxone: www.loxone.com ELECTRIC GATES Pioneer Automated Controls: www.pac.limited ZINC ROOF VMZinc: www.vmzine.co.uk…

1 min.
our best build decision

“I think one of the under-appreciated aspects of building a house is just how many decisions there are to make, so my advice to people is always, ‘make the decisions, move on, don’t keep changing your mind’,” says Norman. The couple’s foresight served them not just in the planning stages, but during the design process. During the initial stages they were both proactive about making design decisions. Every room was meticulously planned before the build began, from the lighting design, the sanitaryware to the kitchen and landscaping, to limit the risk of any surprise costs. For instance, when designing their kitchen, living and dining area, they used the dimensions of a dining table they knew they wanted as a starting point. This then dictated the size of the window opposite, the spacing…

1 min.
build costs

Cottage renovation £450,000 Home automation/electrics £50,000 Garage block £80,000 Kitchen £74,000 Extension windows/doors £60,000 Driveway £50,000 Heating (including the heat pump, plumbing, UFH and MVHR system) £75,000 Underground electricity supply £25,000 Interior doors £10,000 Groundworks £70,000 Demolition of existing buildings £10,000 Lower ground floor tanking £44,000 Flooring £50,000 Lighting fittings £20,000 Zinc roof £55,000 Decorating £10,000 Steel frame £30,000 General construction £337,000 TOTAL £1.5million…

1 min.
the build…

A picture from the 1940s revealed that the cottage was originally brick, so the render was stripped back in order to restore the building to its former glory. The eaves of the cottage have been used to create extra head height, rather than as extra storage, and to allow the floors to be raised slightly. The extension took just over a year to build.…