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Homebuilding & Renovating

March 2019

Each issue of Homebuilding & Renovating is packed full of inspiration and offers expert advice on a range of topics, from finding land, house design and choosing an architect, to planning permission, selecting materials and budget control – everything you need to ensure your project is a success.

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
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€ 3,44(Incl. VAT)
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12 Edities


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editor’s letter

Well over a decade ago, I went to my first Homebuilding & Renovating Show; I spent the day hopping between seminars and masterclasses on everything from kitchen design to renewables, planning permission to project managing a build, and viewing the vast number of products on show. I left with tired feet but with a head full of ideas and information. For those of you new to the world of Homebuilding & Renovating, we’re not just a magazine, we’re a website (homebuilding.co.uk) and a show (we’re eight shows in fact). And, fortunately, our biggest show of the year is just around the corner: the National Homebuilding & Renovating Show at the NEC, Birmingham (28-31 March).One of the show highlights is the opportunity to book a free 15-minute appointment with an…

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meet the team

Michelle Guy  is Assistant Editor. She is an experienced homes journalist, and often peruses Pinterest and Instagram for renovation ideas. Natasha Brinsmead  is Homebuilding & Renovating’s Associate Editor. She is at the end of the DIY renovation and extension of an Edwardian cottage. Daisy Jeffery  is Features Editor on Homebuilding & Renovating. She has been working on the magazine for six years. Alison Wall  is Homebuilding & Renovating’s Chief Sub Editor. At the moment, she’s renovating a 1970s house in north Worcestershire. Amy Reeves  Editorial Assistant Amy has a passion for house design. Read her buyer’s guide to built-in ovens on page 122.IMAGES, RIGHT: MATT GIBBS AND OLLY CURTIS ■…

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the experts

Bruce Bendall Bruce is a third generation builder with over 30 years’ experience building and renovating homes. He has recently completed his latest self-build. Paul Hymers Paul Hymers is a building control officer and has written eight books on home improvements and building homes. Ken Dijksman Ken, a former planning officer, is a planning consultant and owner of Dijksman Planning LLP. He is also the author of The Planning Game. Tim Pullen Tim is an expert in sustainable building methods and energy efficiency in residential homes (tim@weatherworks.co.uk). Neil Turner Architect Neil Turner is director at Howarth Litchfield Partnership and specialises in residential design. He’s also a guest judge for this year’s Awards scheme. Charlie Luxton Charlie is an…

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scottish self-build fund

The Scottish Government has provided a time-limited fund to assist self and custom builders who are unable to finance their project through typical mortgage finance. The fund, which is available until the end of August 2021, allows individuals to borrow up to £175,000 to complete the project and then obtain a traditional mainstream mortgage to repay the loan. For more information on the loan, go to hscht.co.uk/scotland-self-build-loan-fund. ■…

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four plots from plotfinder.net

Cambridgeshire Fronting a Cambridgeshire village high street, this plot offers stunning countryside views and planning permission for a four- to five-bed dwelling and double garage. £450,000 Lancashire With outline planning permission for a luxury detached home, this Lancashire plot is one of eight on offer. It boasts beautiful views while still being within easy reach of many amenities and good transport links. £225,000 Cornwall This stone barn has full planning permission for conversion into a two- or three-bed house and comes with a building plot with planning permission for further dwellings. £250,000 Newcastle upon Tyne Based in the garden of a Grade-II listed farmhouse in a conservation area, this plot has planning permission for a barn-style house. The design…

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raising the roof

A bespoke solution to adding space and value to your home, Moduloft offers a complete design and factory build service, with your new loft space delivered and erected on site. Recent winner of ‘Best Product Innovation’ as part of the Structural Timber Awards, the Moduloft modular roof raise loft conversion system arrives with fixtures and fittings such as doors, electrical sockets, radiators and bathrooms already installed. For more information on Moduloft, visit moduloft.co.uk. The size of your household may affect how eco friendly you are. Research by AXA suggests that a household of at least four people is twice as likely to be confused by advice on how to be more eco friendly in the home than those who live alone. ■…