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Homebuilding & Renovating July 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

Spending more time at home of late has no doubt got many of us thinking about the impact our houses have on our wellbeing. But what constitutes a healthy home? It’s a difficult concept to define, and ever-evolving, as new research emerges every year. What we do know, however, is that the healthy home is multifaceted, and can encompass a wide range of measures — from ensuring good indoor air quality and introducing sufficient levels of natural light, to maintaining a comfortable temperature throughout the seasons, and much more besides. With all this in mind, we have penned a guide to the key ways you can design and build a healthier home on page 107. Elsewhere in this month’s issue, Andy Stevens continues his new series regarding working with builders by…

1 min.
the brand

Meet our experts and attend seminars and masterclasses on an array of building topics at our eight shows across the UK (www.homebuildingshow.co.uk). Keep up to date with daily highlights on social media, discuss topics and discover events. Search for homebuildingandrenovating. Never miss a thing with our regular posts showcasing everything from bathroom design to planning advice (@myhomebuilding). Send us your questions, comments and suggestions via email to homebuilding@ futurenet.com Our website is bursting with expert renovation, extension and self-build advice, and design ideas (www.homebuilding.co.uk). Watch videos of completed projects, ‘how tos’ and more. Search for Homebuilding & Renovating. Be inspired by beautiful photography of completed projects and our favourite house trends (@myhomebuilding). Pin your favourite shots from our featured projects. Search Homebuilding & Renovating. On the hunt for your next project? Plotfinder is a great way to discover…

6 min.
new england classic

If there’s one characteristic shared by successful self-builders and renovators, it’s the ability to see the treasure in the trash. For Amanda and James Rice, their hunt for a home on the Isle of Wight was frustrating, to say the least — the traditional stone cottage they’d set their heart on just wasn’t out there. But their first viewing of a tired 1950s brick and block bungalow was one of those rare ‘aha’ moments when an original plan morphs into something infinitely better. “The bungalow was very underwhelming; the estate agent was trying to show us around and all we were thinking about was the coastal views — it was a dream spot,” says Amanda. Even better, the south-facing house was located just outside the Victorian seaside town of Ventnor (the…

1 min.
the cladding

“The existing bungalow was a standard red-brick, so we needed a style that would allow us to cover up the brickwork. The New England-style timber cladding provided us with an effective and stylish way of marrying the two storeys visually,” explains Neil Geddes, the architectural designer on the project. “Each board overlaps the other, which is very much part of the look, as you get a shadowed, textured effect. “Planners can get very twitchy about the cladding on buildings, especially when the cladding is cement boarding,” he adds. “Here we’ve used solid timber cladding [Q Clad], painted white, over an external insulation layer. It’s quite an economic solution and as it’s solid timber, it’s also sustainable.” The cladding arrived on site pre-treated and painted with a breathable paint that will last up…

1 min.
naturally inspired

72% of homeowners tackle DIY projects during lockdown, drawing inspiration from the great outdoors in the process According to research by Confused.com, nearly three in four UK homeowners have turned their attention to DIY during lockdown, with almost three quarters of people sprucing up interiors by painting and decorating. Introducing colours reminiscent of nature in the home has been one of 2020’s biggest trends, due in part to the growing popularity of biophilic design (introducing a connection to the natural environment) and an increased focus on wellbeing. Pale greens in living spaces, like Crown’s Mellow Sage show here, have been linked to feelings of serenity and tranquillity*, while those with yellows in the bedroom experience a better night’s sleep**. IMAGE: CROWN. *BEN CHARMON’S HAPPY BY DESIGN. **TOPPS TILES WELLBEING SURVEY 2020…

1 min.
introducing home school

If you thought Covid-19 had put a halt to your self-build, extension or renovation plans, then think again. We’ve launched a new online learning platform called Home School, which will help you plan your next project effectively — from the comfort of your own home. If you were just about to start your renovation, or are hoping to build a new home (like the Welsh Oak Home self-build shown above), then Home School is here to help you start planning and detailing your project. Now could actually be the perfect time to plan your project. You can research materials, finalise designs, apply for planning permission and get professional advice. Companies in the home improvement sector are adapting quickly, with many offering online consultations and design services. At Home School we’ll be…