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Homebuilding & Renovating

December 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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1 min.
spotlight on...

“Alison Wall is a homes writer, and previously worked for HB&R for a number of years. Here she reflects on her latest home improvement… My husband and I have been working towards making our home, a detached 1970s house in north Worcestershire, more energy efficient and sustainable for a number of years. We’ve installed solar PV panels, an electric charging point for the Nissan Leaf, cavity wall insulation and underfloor insulation in the living room (which makes a massive difference to comfort levels). Our latest project is installing a hybrid 8.5Kw Mitsubishi air source heat pump for our heating, which also involved changing our original radiators for much more efficient ones — the installation team has just left after a couple of weeks on site. We decided not to rip out our…

1 min.
the rise of the home office

Many of us have started to customise our spaces during lockdown, and with working from home the new norm, it’s not surprising that a home office revolution is underway. More than one in four people (28%)* have repurposed a room (such as a dining room or bedroom) to create a home office, according to John Lewis’s The Flexible Living Report. The survey also found that 57% expect to work from home on average three days per week in the future, so this trend looks set to continue. (See more of this home office on page 42.) *VIA A SURVEY OF 1,000 PEOPLE IN JOHN LEWIS’ REPORT, ‘THE FLEXIBLE LIVING REPORT: REDEFINING THE UK’S HOMES FOR A NEW CHAPTER IN TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY LIVING’. IMAGE: JEREMY PHILLIPS…

2 min.
compact solutions to healthy winter ventilation

Health in the home is now a major subject, with many of us working from home or shielding. During the summer, we’ve opened doors and windows to bring fresh air into our homes, but as winter returns we’ll need to find other ways of ventilating indoors. Otherwise pollutants and stale air could build up in a confined space, bringing a greater risk of fatigue, allergies and the spread of illness. Under Building Regs Part F (which covers ventilation) there are four systems that can be used to meet the ventilation requirements in new homes. The first three effectively require the use of trickle vents in the windows or airbricks in the walls. System one is the most common: extractor fans in the kitchen and bathrooms take stale air out, and fresh…

2 min.
our favourite projects: #11

SELF-BUILD ON A SHOESTRING: PUBLISHED JANUARY 2011 Proving that grit and determination keep self-builds afloat when nothing else can is this remarkable story from Rob and Alithea Dawson. With an initial budget of just £100,000, this couple bought a 35-acre woodland site in Powys for £10,000 then spent seven years in a mobile home (with two children, then a third who was born there) trying to secure planning permission to build on the land, which had no power on it. They began restocking the land with broadleaf trees, then set up an organic woodland pig business, which meant they could finally get planning permission with an agricultural tie. “The planners were immensely supportive,” says Rob. Once they’d finally got the green light, the couple started their two-year DIY build, which was based…

6 min.
“we self-built with our neighbours”

Dawn and Kevin Truscott were looking for a plot in their Essex village but struggled to find somewhere suitable within budget. However, when chatting with her neighbour Sarah Switzer over a glass of wine they discovered they were both hoping to self-build. A 1.8-acre field nearby had lain empty and overgrown since the 1960s but had come across a stumbling block: the owner wouldn’t sell in portioned-off sections. “The star of the show is the oak frame — it was about capturing the essence of the character without going overboard with oak ” The answer? Buy it between them and divide it up themselves to build two family homes. Unusual maybe, but it proved to be the best way for Dawn and Kevin, and Sarah and Matt, to self-build in an area…

2 min.
the knowledge

“We didn’t have a builder,” says Dawn, who gave up her job in Events to organise the build and take on whatever tasks she could. “I was ‘Mum’ and building houses, and Kevin was earning and building houses — when he had time. It was fun yet awful at the same time! I was here every single day.” Dawn and Kevin did what they could, then got trades in when they needed them. “We have friends who have trades or own companies — a friend is a builder and another one owns a flooring company,” explains Dawn. “When we asked for recommendations for other trades, the same names kept coming up. We found our glaziers, plumbing team, electricians and carpenters that way. Mandarin Stone gave us the name of tilers, and…