A Model for Low-energy Living

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Alex Clifford has designed and built an award-winning family home, using the experience to encourage others to employ Passivhaus principles. Replacing a bungalow on the site, the timber-clad house features a mix of traditional roof forms and clay tiles with crisp modern detailing and deep-set windows.

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California Dreaming

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Caroline and Jason Sadler have built a stunning new steel-framed home in open Lincolnshire countryside, influenced by local agricultural buildings and inspired by the architecture of Palm Springs. The house is partially clad in steel, and includes a pool house and gym. 

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Access All Areas

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The Kitto family’s 1920s house has been cleverly redesigned to meet the long-term care requirements of their youngest daughter. A big open family space was a must, as were the wheelchair lift, hoists, and accessible bathrooms. Two additional bedrooms were required and everything needed to be step-free, from street to sun deck. 

High & Mighty

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This elegant new family home was designed with a variety of glazing features, including an impressive three-storey atrium. Designed by Mufajel Chowdhury of award-winning Concept Eight Architects, the house has a simple layout and plenty of natural light using strong traditional materials. 

Bricking Up

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A distinctive contemporary extension has been built from long grey bricks and is separated from the existing house by a double-height light well. The architect took a house full of small spaces with no cohesion and transformed it, the new simple structure containing new family spaces.  

 

Beginner's Guide to House Design

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Our beginner’s guide explains the basics of house design, including how to choose a designer and how much you can do yourself.  

Interview: Designer Sheena Murphy

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Murphy is founder of Nune, a small design studio with locations in both New York and London. We  discover her simple belief that thoughtful design contributes to wellbeing. 

Bituminous Cladding for Victorian Beer Shop

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A former Victorian beer store and workshop in London has been turned into a modern, stylish two-bedroom property, using an unlikely form of cladding usually associated with agricultural and industrial buildings.

London's Fallen Trees

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Bruce Saunders has made a business from reclaiming felled trees in the capital – trees that would once have been chipped and burned are now being put to good use as high-grade timber for joinery.

Up Front

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Make an entrance, with our spotlight on front doors. 

Garages

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A garage can add another dimension to a new property. Whether the design matches your home or is clad in some contrasting material, the garage can be an interesting feature in its own right. 

 

Smart Homes

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From inbuilt speakers to security cameras – the latest technology to future-proof your new home.

 

Experts' Corner

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Legal: Explaining church covenants and easements. 
Planning: Can a flood risk assessment be challenged?
Plot Doctor: Could a plot outside the village boundary get permission?