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Homebuilding March 2019

&Renovating How to create your dream home

How to reduce project Stress …by choosing the right team for your build

Britain’s Best Selling Self-build Magazine

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Contents March 2019

THE brief

All the product advice, design ideas and solutions you need to create the perfect brief for your ideal home


Planning Consultants: Does Your Project Need One?

Planning expert Ken Dijksman explains exactly how a planning consultant can assist in various projects, what they bring to the table when applying for planning permission, and their costs



Your Lighting Design Problems Solved

From the best lights for low ceilings to smart lighting systems for your home, our experts reveal the best ways to light your home

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The Latest Built-in Ovens Plus, our must-read buyer’s guide ON THE COVER

How to Design a Garden on a Budget

Landscape designer Paul Hervey-Brookes explains how you can save money without sacrificing style when creating a new garden




Oak Frame Homes: Getting the Interior Design Right

Experts from the oak frame industry give their top tips for tackling the interiors of these beautiful homes


Whatever your plans, take inspiration from these readers’ homes from around the UK



Rare Find

A family self-builds a contemporary home in rural Devon, using a modern method of construction


Built for £162,000

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Joining Together


One couple builds an eco friendly timber frame home, taking on much of the work themselves

Two friends remodel and extend a listed cottage in Dorset

Victorian Revolution

A traditional property is transformed into a modern and light-filled family home, thanks to an extension and remodel


Inspiring ICF Builds


A Bold New Addition

This range of beautiful self-builds showcases what can be achieved when working with insulating concrete formwork

A contemporary single-storey extension breathes new life into a dated 1950s home in Hampshire


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project advice

In-depth, need-to-know building and project management advice from leading experts



The Pros and Cons of Using a Main Contractor

Architect Neil Turner weighs up the benefits of ‘DIY’ project management and considers if employing a main contractor or builder to manage the build for you is worth the cost



Extending in Timber Frame

Construction expert Mike Cruickshank explains why timber frame is becoming more popular and details what you need to know


Your Guide to Internal Wall Insulation


Building Clinic: Tackling an Old Home’s Shallow Foundations


Tim Pullen explores the pros and cons of insulating internal walls, outlines the various methods of wall installation and explains what you need to consider

Historic buildings specialist Douglas Kent assists one reader dealing with an 18th-century cottage’s shallow foundations


get it built

15 pages of building advice to help get your dream build out of the ground

images (clockwise from right): rory gardiner c/o Amos goldreich Architecture; the complete oak home; stuart cox



A Beginner’s Guide to Self-build

Find all the key information you need to start your self-build in our essential beginner’s guide — plus, a guide on how to choose an architect

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Self-build Project Planner A step-by-step guide to building your own home ON THE COVER

Calculating Your Build Costs

Discover how much it will cost to build your own home with our build cost calculator


Self-build Jargon Buster

A guide to frequently used and often confusing terminology in the world of self-build and renovation


Your Building Dilemmas Solved

Our experts answer your building questions — including how to deal with flooded foundations, resolve party wall disputes, save money when updating a kitchen, when to install heat pumps, and more…

Every month

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Opinion: It’s Time to Release the Creative Shackles Constraining Planning


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Self-build and Renovation News The latest news, products and events

Serial self-builder David Snell argues that the rigid rules regarding the planning process are restricting the natural evolution of design

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On Site

Our experts reveal the latest on their own self-build, renovation and extension projects — sharing their words of wisdom along the way. Plus, an update on your projects


My Best Build Decision

One couple explains how a double-height living space was the cherry on top of their budget self-build project




ell over a decade ago, I went to my first Subscribe to Homebuilding Homebuilding & & Renovating Renovating Show; magazine for just I spent the day hopping between £59.99 for two years seminars and masterclasses on (turn to page everything from kitchen design to 30). 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 ( 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 expert. Whether you would like to find out if your extension plans require planning permission, want a second opinion on your floorplans, have a technical question regarding your build, hope to discover how much your project might cost, or perhaps want to know how to get started, we’ve got an expert on hand to help. I’d encourage you to get to the Claire Lloyd, Editor Ask the Experts stand early to make sure you get your slot. has been a member of Can’t make one of our shows but still the Homebuilding & Renovating team for have a building question? Then email over a decade. She’s just us at: completed a renovation. Enjoy the issue. H

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Meet the Team

Michelle Guy

Natasha Brinsmead

Daisy Jeffery

Alison Wall

Amy Reeves

is Assistant Editor. She is an experienced homes journalist, and often peruses Pinterest and Instagram for renovation ideas.

is Homebuilding & Renovating’s Associate Editor. She is at the end of the DIY renovation and extension of an Edwardian cottage.

is Features Editor on Homebuilding & Renovating. She has been working on the magazine for six years.

is Homebuilding & Renovating’s Chief Sub Editor. At the moment, she’s renovating a 1970s house in north Worcestershire.

Editorial Assistant Amy has a passion for house design. Read her buyer’s guide to built-in ovens on page 122.


the experts March 2019

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 Testa Architect Paul is the director of Paul Testa Architecture. He is currently undertaking an eco retrofit to his family home. Read how he’s getting on on page 101.

Jason Orme The former Editor of Homebuilding & Renovating magazine, Jason is an experienced selfbuilder and has just finished renovating a 1960s home.

Paul Hymers Paul Hymers is a building control officer and has written eight books on home improvements and building homes.

Ian Rock Chartered surveyor Ian Rock MRICS is the author of eight popular Haynes House Manuals, and is a director of

Andy Stevens Andy is an award-winning builder and managing director of Eclipse Property Solutions. He also presents a radio show on Fix Radio.

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.

Allan Corfield Allan runs Allan Corfield Architects, which he set up in 2009. He is an expert in designing high-performing, energy-efficient homes.

David Snell The author of Building Your Own Home, David is a serial self-builder and has been building homes for 50 years. He has just finished building his fourteenth home.

Tim Pullen Tim is an expert in sustainable building methods and energy efficiency in residential homes (tim@weatherworks.

Paul HerveyBrookes Cotswold-based Paul Hervey-Brookes is an award-winning landscape designer. His article on landscaping on a budget is on page 126.

Michael Holmes Michael is HB&R’s Head of Content and Product Development. He also chairs NaCSBA (National Custom and Self Build Association).

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.

Mark Brinkley Mark is the author of the ever-popular Housebuilder’s Bible and an experienced builder. He’s just finished his latest self-build.

Lawrence Grigg and Lydia Robinson Lawrence and Lydia run award-winning practice Design Storey. They’re currently renovating a Grade II-listed property.

Charlie Luxton Charlie is an experienced architectural designer and TV broadcaster. Read about his own self-build project on page 93.

Pete Tonks Pete Tonks is a design expert and director of PJT Design Ltd. He has been designing self-build homes for over 20 years, and is a specialist in designing oak frame homes.

David Hilton David is an expert in sustainable building and energy efficiency and a director of Heat and Energy Ltd. His latest green article can be found on page 21.


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Meet the Experts in Person Want a free 15-minute consultation with one of our experts (on page 11)? Meet them at The Advice Centre at the National Homebuilding & Renovating Show at the NEC, from 28 to 31 March 2019, and the Glasgow Homebuilding & Renovating Show, from 1 to 2 June 2019.*

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Editorial Editor Claire Lloyd Associate Editor Natasha Brinsmead Assistant Editor Michelle Guy Features Editor Daisy Jeffery Chief Sub Editor Alison Wall Editorial Assistant Amy Reeves

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NEWS March 2019

Scottish self-build fund he Scottish Government has provided a timelimited 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 ➤

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NEWS March 2019

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.


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

Four Plots from

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 barnstyle house. The design includes a predominantly glazed front elevation with glass balconies. £425,000

Reduce Fuel Emissions Only the cleanest woodburning stoves will be available for sale by 2022, according to the government’s Clean Air Strategy 2019 which will run adjacent to the Europeanwide Ecodesign initiative to lower emissions by the same date. An Ecodesign-ready stove (such as the Farringdon by Arada, above) reduces particulate emissions by 90% compared to a traditional open fire, and 80% compared to a 10-year-old stove, says Woodsure, in association with HETAS. ➤


NEWS March 2019

The Gas Safe Register has found that a third (34%) of UK homes do not have, or don’t know if they have, a working carbon monoxide alarm.

While most homeowners believe a shower saves more water than a bath, this is not always the case: an eightminute power shower uses 136 litres of water, while the average bath uses just 80, according to cosmetics company Celtic Herbal. (The Haze bath (left) is from

GREEN news

Wastewater Heat Recovery Systems David Hilton investigates new ways to save money and energy by recycling waste heat hrowing money down the drain is not something that any of us want to do but this is in effect what is happening when we use hot water in our homes. When we bath, shower or do the dishes (even in a dishwasher) and when we use the washing machine, there is a lot of heat that is simply going down the drain. A number of manufacturers are now producing approved products that can effectively recover heat from water before it disappears down the drain, saving both energy and money. By running cold water through a heat exchanger pipe installed inside the waste water pipe (i.e. under the shower tray), the cold water will collect some of the heat. We can then pre-heat the inlet water and lower our energy use. The most common types of wastewater heat recovery (WWHR) units look like thick pipes; they’re about 80mm thick and about a metre long. Showersave states that its WWHR units are Passivhaus accredited and SAP approved. They get plumbed in vertically so they are ideally suited to properties that have upstairs bathrooms. Showersave also manufactures units that are part of the shower trap and capture the heat as it enters the drain. These are horizontal units and are ideally suited to ground floor showers. They are also easily cleaned in the event of a blockage. Showers are the easy targets, as you have a constant


supply of cold water running through a constant flow of warm water. The heat can be recovered in different ways: it can be used to preheat the cold water that is going to the hot water cylinder, or it can be used to preheat the cold water that is going to the cold water feed on your mixer tap or shower. This flexibility can be a big advantage with instantaneous heaters such as combi boilers, as there will be a bigger flow of warmth and therefore a more powerful shower. This is especially important in the colder months when the cold water feed is at its lowest. In a situation where warm water is released at a later time, such as in a bath or washing machine, then a storage vessel is required to hold the warm water until cold water is run through it to collect the heat. These systems tend to be less efficient, depending on the volume of the container and the frequency of water use, and can also take up a fair amount of room. At a cost of around £400, and with no running or maintenance costs, these units can certainly add efficiency to your home in an area that is so frequently overlooked.

David Hilton David is an expert in sustainable building and energy efficiency, and is a director of Heat and Energy Ltd.


NEWS March 2019

Technology on Tap Events 19/03 Vegetation and Old Buildings The SPAB, London One of The SPAB’s lunchtime talks to get you up to speed on CPD requirements or to offer a better understanding of your building. Alan Cathersides, National Landscape Adviser at Historic England, will take a look at common types of vegetation found on the walls of old buildings. She will also discuss how to identify the damage that’s likely to occur to the fabric of a building and ways to control it.

Grohe has launched a new app to work alongside its Blue Home Water System that delivers filtered sparkling and still water on tap. The Ondus app notifies homeowners of necessary filter changes and CO2 bottle replacements. What’s more, the app can be used to monitor and track daily water intake.

23 — 24/03 Self-build Project Management Centre for Alternative Technology, Powys This weekend course covers how to create a project plan for your build, understanding planning permission and Building Regulations, how to estimate costs and other key information essential to your project. The course includes full board accommodation.

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12 — 14/04 Self-building an Earthship Stanmer Park, Brighton Running over three days, this course is for anyone considering building their own home by taking a sustainable route using recycled materials. Learn how to build a low-impact house using tyres, solar heating and renewable technologies. Run by Brighton Permaculture, the course is open to anyone aged 16 and over and is suitable for beginners. 11 — 13/05 The Self-build Course NSBRC, Swindon This three-day course will help you understand what’s involved with a self-build, providing you with the knowledge you need for a successful project. Topics include budgeting, design, finding land, planning permission and project management. The final day will focus on building a greener home.

Shower in Style You’d be forgiven for thinking that Devon&Devon’s new Decor Slab collection was wallpaper, not large-format grès porcelain tiles. Digital ink-jet printing means tiles are easy to maintain, and are suitable for bathrooms, but also make a bold statement. The Acanthus Decor Slabs in Painted Blue shown cost £661/m2. (


NEWS March 2019

Build Your Dream Home

he National Homebuilding & Renovating Show at the NEC, Birmingham, is the event of the year for anyone hoping to take on a home improvement project or build their own home. The jam-packed four days, running from Thursday 28th to Sunday 31st March, will provide you with the building blocks, so to speak, to kickstart your project and guide you on your way to a successful project. There’s a wealth of information and ideas on offer for self-builders and renovators, including:


Self-build Discover leading design and build package companies, innovative self-build products, enjoy free one-to-one advice from our self-build experts and visit our Self-build Seminar Theatre. One of our key seminars is A Beginner’s Guide to Building Your Own Home — HB&R’s Editorial Director Jason Orme explains the process of designing and building an individual home, step by step. get two

renovation The Home Improvement Theatre will offer expert top tips and advice on how to successfully renovate any home. A Beginner’s Guide to Renovating and Improving Your Home is one of the highlights of the seminar programme. Learn how to make the most of your home improvement budget, understand the common pitfalls and get value for money when sourcing materials, in this 45-minute seminar.

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Experienced architects and planning consultants are on hand to answer your extension questions at The Advice Centre — whether you want a second opinion on your existing plans, or want to find out Visit if your plans need planning permission. Plus, visit homebuildingshow. the Home Improvement Theatre and watch How to Create the Perfect Family Kitchen. This guide will help you create your ideal kitchen, unlock your home’s potential and maximise space and light.

Conversions Specialist knowledge and comprehensive information is available from our exhibitors and at the Home Improvement Theatre. In our How to Make an Old House Warm masterclass learn what you need to know about creating a home that is well-insulated and costeffective to run. ➤


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