Pastures New

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Maureen and Clive Keevil left their converted barn to build a smaller timber-frame Potton home on their farm in Somerset, using larch cladding and a slate roof to create a barn-like look perfect for its setting. “We really liked the fact that Potton would handle the design side of things and also make the planning and Building Regs applications on our behalf,” says Clive.

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On the Waterfront

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First-time selfbuilders Ants and Su Collins have built a unique octagonal home on a primal waterfront position. Using insulated concrete formwork, the new build sits on the site of a disused boatyard, which Ants intends to rebuild as part two of the project. “It was very much a spur of the moment decision, which we’ve never regretted.” admits Ants.

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See also our Beginners Guides: Next Steps to Insulated Concrete Formwork

Opening up for Family Living

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Nikki and Stephen Foster have completed the stylish transformation of a former RAF officer’s residence in a historic North Yorkshire village setting. The house was renovated and given a two-storey L-shaped extension, creating a bold exterior while remaining sensitive to the original 1930s brick building.

On Ya Wagon

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Sarah Stanley, founder and director of Unique Home Stays, has added an extension to a wheeled wagon to create a unique retreat with quirky Western-inspired interiors. The original shepherd’s hut was extended in timber to one side, with a glazed entrance veranda creating a sheltered indoor/outdoor space. “Try to be original and only use high-quality materials,” advises Sarah.

Low on Energy

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The home that Linda and Chris Hudson have built  for their retirement is highly energy efficient, featuring underfloor heating, whole house ventilation with heat recovery, an air source heat pump, 16 solar panels and triple-glazed tilt n’ turn windows.

At Your Service

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Our guide to connecting utilities; electricity, water, gas and a phone line, and steps you can take to ensure this stage of your project runs smoothly.

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Foundations

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How to get your project off on the right footing, with information on foundation and soil types.

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Interiors - Life in the Loft

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A two-storey loft apartment in London has been overhauled to create better connected spaces and highlight striking architectural features. Glazed walls allow light to filter throughout the home, and industrial tones and softened by pale fabrics.

Interview with Marcus Fairs

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Founder and editor-in-chief of Dezeen, the most influential design magazine in the world, chats to us about his childhood home, business, inspirations and future plans.

Spotlight on Exterior Cladding

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The choice of wall finish can dramatically change the appearance of a home and also improve energy efficiency. We take a look at some of the caddings available, ranging from traditional woods to synthetic or concrete weatherboarding, Corten and galvanised steels and renders.