Homebuilding & Renovating

Homebuilding & Renovating

July 2021
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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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editor’s letter

The concluding days of April brought some welcome news for those hoping to build their own homes — the government announced its Self and Custom Build Action Plan, together with £150million of funding for its Help to Build scheme. Financing a build can be one of the biggest barriers for budding self-builders and the Help to Build scheme, which will be open for applications in late summer, is designed to help more people overcome this hurdle (turn to page 13 for more). Full details of how the scheme will work have yet to be revealed, but stay tuned, we’ll be covering the latest developments as and when they’re announced, in this magazine. And on to another frequently challenging aspect of building your own home — finding the right building plot. Self-build…

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the team

MICHELLE GUY is Deputy Editor. She is an experienced homes journalist, and has just completed her kitchen renovation. She’s currently lining up trades to decorate the next room on the reno hit list! NATASHA BRINSMEAD is Associate Editor and has worked for the title for nearly 20 years. She’s recently finished renovating and extending her Edwardian home on a DIY basis. AMY REEVES is Assistant Editor and the writer behind many of our readers’ homes features. Amy is in the process of renovating a dated mid-century property in much need of some TLC. KAREN LAWSON is Homebuilding & Renovating’s Art Editor, and has been designing magazines for over 20 years. She has a particular passion for interior design and architecture. JACOB BARLOW is Homebuilding & Renovating’s Production Editor. A self-confessed eco worrier, Jacob is…

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meet this month’s experts...

TIM PULLEN Tim is an expert in sustainable building methods and home energy efficiency. Contact him at Tim@ weatherworks.co.uk. DARREN BRAY Darren is director of Studio: B.A.D Architects and a judge for our home awards scheme. Read his guide to creating a glazed link on page 163. IAN ROCK Chartered surveyor Ian Rock MRICS is the author of eight popular Haynes House Manuals, and is a director of www.rightsurvey.co.uk. MARK BRINKLEY Is the author of the ever-popular Housebuilder’s Bible and an experienced self-builder. ALISON WALL Alison Wall is a homes writer, and interviewed Clare Barr, who converted a barn for just £97k — read the story on page 42. DAVID HILTON David is an expert in sustainable building and energy efficiency and a director of Heat and Energy Ltd. He has over 35 years’ experience. MARK STEVENSON Mark Stevenson is a self-build expert,…

1 min.
gamechanging help to build scheme launched

The Help to Build scheme was officially launched by the government in April to make it easier for people to self-build their own home. The scheme will be backed by £150million funding, which is expected to be allocated across four years, and has the potential to be a transformative scheme for custom and self-builders. Self-builders will likely be able to access lower deposit mortgages via Help to Build, freeing up capital to help them with build costs, making self-build an enticing option to get onto the housing ladder. The scheme will operate similarly to Help to Buy, another government scheme, which is generally unsuitable for self-builders — this is because it requires the equity loan to be paid on legal completion to the developer, while self-building typically involves multiple payments to…

2 min.
self-build& renovation

WATCH THIS SPACE All new homes in England delivered through Permitted Development (PD) will now have to meet the Nationally Described Space Standard. The new rule began in April, having been introduced by housing secretary Robert Jenrick last year following the controversial summer planning reforms, which made it easier under new PD rights for developers to demolish certain vacant buildings and replace them with new homes. This initial extension of PD rights featured stipulations such as ensuring adequate natural light, but it did not introduce space standards, leading to fears that developers could look to exploit this exclusion. Now, all new homes built in England will have to meet minimum space standards, which begins at 37m² of floorspace for a new one bed flat with a shower room (39m² with a bathroom). 54%…

1 min.
raising the bar

1 Lighting is a great way to bring some personality into your back garden, just make sure it’s IP rated weatherproof. Add an uplighter to shine up a wall, tall plants or bamboo — it will create low key ambiance. Wall lights that show off a low wattage filament LED bulb will look beautiful and last a long time. 2 If you want to create a vibrant, social space consider bright paint colours that uplift your mood. Or for a more subtle effect, bring out fun colours in your décor accessories, such as furniture, cushions and throws and even artwork if the space is sheltered. 3 Play with scale — you don’t have to keep things small just because the space is. Use big leaf plants like fatsia japonica to create the…