While more and more people like light-filled, sociable spaces - they also want privacy and cosy corners. The result is the evolution of broken-plan living
Planning a kitchen makeover? Before you start, follow this guide to help you decide if an island is right for you
What to consider when building a wraparound extension at the back and side of your home.
Super-stylish and practical, wet rooms are the ultimate in showering chic. Read on for tips and advice to achieve the perfect design.
Building an extension? Brick is a brilliant building material but it’s just one way to dress an extension. Check out these other options
A single-storey extension can add valuable living space and update your home in a way that makes the decision to improve rather than move the right one.
If you’re looking to improve your home, why not invest in window shutters? They create kerb appeal, keep out the cold and work well in any room whether it’s the living room, bedroom or bathroom.
From slim metal spindles to transparent glass panels, choose a balustrade to boost your staircase style.
Clever storage is key to creating a clutter-free kitchen, perfect for cooking or socialising. Here we run through some stylish solutions to common kitchen dilemmas
When you’re looking for some extra storage space and have run out of room indoors, another great option is to get a garage or car port, which is a shelter for a car made up of a roof supported on posts built beside a house.
Whether extending or renovating, you will need to choose a roof tile that creates a long-lasting, weatherproof and attractive covering to your home. Here we look at the pros and cons of slate, clay and concrete products.
From the smoothest, white limestone and marble to textured, dark granite and slate, the design possibilities of stone flooring are endless.
There are a number of things you need to consider when choosing your brickwork, such as colour, texture, laying patterns, mortar choices, building regs and cost.
When it comes to planning building work, how long should you allow for an architect?
New windows can give your home a facelift, make it a more comfortable place to live and boost kerb appeal. Here’s what you should know when choosing new windows.
Ideas to transform old and tired looking driveways – and bring the kerb appeal back to your property.
It’s a big decision choosing the best worktop for your kitchen. The options may seem endless, but it’s worth taking the time to get it right.
Running out of space? Kids getting bigger? No more room to extend up or out – what about extending underground?
Summer is here, and with the arrival of brighter days and warmer nights comes an abundance of reasons to spend more time in your garden. Here, Nicky Roeber, Online Horticultural Expert at Wyevale Garden Centres, shares his tips for lighting up your outdoor space so you can spend more time outside in the evening this summer
Glass box extensions are a cutting-edge alternative to the traditional brick addition and an increasingly popular way to add space and style to your home
Are you looking for more space? Building a two-storey extension can transform your home and be an opportunity to update the exterior.
A lawful development certificate (LDC) is proof that your project is legal under planning rules
Wood flooring has a timeless beauty that will never be out of fashion and can improve your home. But how do you choose between solid wood, engineered or laminate?
If only there was a magic wand that could achieve marvels and with one wave could make your beautiful new extension miraculously appear. Unfortunately, planning and building a successful home extension requires a lot of preparation, leg work and time. And lots of it.
If you are staying put during a home extension, there are lots of things you can do to minimise the disruption and dust from building work
Ceiling height can make all the difference between a cramped room where you are feel boxed-in and a lofty, airy space
Building a mezzanine can be a surprisingly cheap way to maximise space and add value to your home
Garage conversions are one of the quickest and most cost-effective ways to add living space to your home
Passivhaus promises maximum year-round comfort with minimum bills for heating. So how does it work and are there any disadvantages?
Drinking wine is one of life’s great pleasures. So, it’s not surprising there’s a growing trend to incorporate a sizeable space for a wine collection into the design of homes.
Getting planning consent isn’t always speedy and simple but it’s worth the hassle to build your dream home extension. Here are some top tips to help you get the green light
Demolishing internal walls to go open plan can be a great way to update and improve your home
From cabinet colours to countertops, what’s sizzling hot? Whether you’re planning to remodel your kitchen or simply refresh, here are some of the top trends
The staircase gives a first and lasting impression of your home. Here are some design ideas to give it more ‘wow’ factor
If you want to renovate a new home, there is a good chance you will need some form of permission before starting any building work
We take a look at the design dos and don’t to create a bathroom that looks stylish and functions brilliantly for years to come.
For the last two decades, a cosy snug room has become the must-have feature of modern family living - but is it a good use of space?
Often the ideal solution to survive major renovation works is to move off site completely, but that is not always possible
If things aren’t going to plan and your builder has gone AWOL without finishing the job, don’t panic. Before you start shouting breach of contract, or calling in a solicitor, always assess the situation to see if your builder has actually walked off site
When you are thinking of doing some building work, who should you hire? Do you use a large, established building firm or opt for the conscientious, more personal sole-trader to build your home extension?
Building an eco-friendly home extension in today’s climate can be a tricky balance of trying to do the right thing while also keeping tabs on your budget
Can’t decide whether to extend your home or do a loft conversion? Stop going round in circles and read our three-point plan to help you decide if extending upwards or sideways is right for you.
Underfloor heating can be completely hidden unlike bulky radiators, is efficient and toe-warming but which, if any, system is right for your home extension or room renovation?
Here are our top tips to help minimise the impact of building work on you and your family.
A case study detailing a couple's approach to adding an Orangery on to the back of their bungalow
Does it seems like only 30 minutes since your builders had their last tea break? Are you constantly peeking through the curtains to check they are not back in their van with a flask, or sitting on your driveway having another sup and a chin wag?
Bifold doors that ‘bring the outside in’ have seen a huge surge in popularity in recent years but how do they differ from sliding doors? Which option is best for you?
Parking is a huge problem in many areas and it’s likely to get worse before it gets better. There are more cars on the road and councils are clamping down on on-street parking even in residential areas. Building a parking space in your front garden makes life easier if your street is overcrowded but how should you go about it?
RSJs are the reason your home extension will stay up! If you are considering any major structural changes or removing a load-bearing wall, you will need a Rolled Steel Joint (RSJ) installed.
Every industry has its own niche phrases or specialist terminology and the building is industry is no different. Herringbone or basket weave? A chippie or a sparky? Your chimney rendered or point work?
A well-designed open plan layout can make for a light, spacious and sociable home – but planning is key
From front door panels to glass ceilings and from bathroom windows to kitchen cabinets, there are numerous ways to add stained glass to your home
If you need more living space, what’s cheaper? Moving house or extending into the attic?
Loft conversions can be so much more than just an extra bedroom. If you are struggling for extra family space to accommodate teenagers or elderly parents, converting your loft is one of the most affordable ways to create a multi-generational living space.
It’s incredibly easy to blow your budget out of the water when extending your home. Here are a few tips to keep costs under control.
Whether you want to add a large two-storey extension to your home or simply convert the garage, an architect can turn your ideas into reality.
Preparing for any build will involve an initial design meeting with an architect to discuss your requirements. But what will they want to know? Read our guide of what you can expect to be asked the first time you meet your architect
From loft conversions to rear extensions, growing numbers of homeowners are extending their homes to create extra space rather than moving to a bigger property. But what are your options for financing the building work?
Whether you want to extend a Grade II listed barn or modernise a 17th century stone cottage, if the property is on the statutory National Heritage List for England, then you will be subject to additional planning controls.
The challenge of knowing how to revamp a room or rework your living space can often seem insurmountable. It’s like having a blank canvas – but with no idea of what to paint. So where do you start?
How a couple transformed their dated rural Victorian semi with a two-storey rear extension
Buying building materials to save money on a home extension build can be a tempting proposition - but is it a good idea?
When deciding which builder to use, it is always good to talk about payment arrangements early on in the negotiations before you commit to a contract
It’s very easy to get carried away and go over budget with a build - but what should you do if this happens to you?
For some home-owners, installing solar panels on the roof of their home cuts electricity bills and earns them thousands of pounds.
A case study detailing how one home owner redesigned his garden on a very small budget
A case study detailing how one home owner built a brand new garden shed using mainly materials left over from his extension
Everything you wanted to know about carrying out a loft conversion but were afraid to ask!
Sometimes, no matter how much you have vetted a contractor, things can still go wrong and before you know it, you’re left with half a build and no one to fix it.
Whether you’re adding a utility room to move laundry and appliances out of the kitchen or as a boot room/dog washing station, here are some pearls of wisdom.
Need to renovate your kitchen on a tight budget? It’s possible to get a fresh new look without spending a fortune. From picking up a paintbrush for a few hours to investing in a new worktop, here are our ideas for a kitchen makeover.
Whichever cladding material you choose, the biggest factor in deciding to clad your home is cost
No matter whether it’s a plumber, a carpenter, or a plasterer, a tradesperson’s tools are their lifeline. Built up over time, with specialist tools that can often cost thousands of pounds, makes anyone in the building trade very protective about where they leave their tools overnight.
Case study describing how one couple made the most of their outdoor space with a Summer House.
A case study describing how one home owner worked out the best way to save money when working on a large extension project
A case study describing how one home owner worked out the best way to work with his builders
A case study describing how one home owner decided whether or not he should remove the chimney when having an extension done
Side return extensions are a hugely popular way of extending semi-detached and end of terraced homes. Here some practical tips and inspiration to help you make the most of this sliver of space.
Often the start time for an extension build is dictated by your builder’s availability. If they come highly recommended, chances are they’ll be fully booked well in advance and the best advice is to get them booked in as soon as you can. But if you are able to specify a date, is it better to wait until the summer to begin a home extension?
From an open-plan kitchen diner to a new garden room, how much value can be added to a home by building projects?
A case study showing the need to be aware of all the problems that can occur - even a nail through a pipe can cause unforeseen problems!
A case study on how one home owner complied with Building Regulations when building a large extension
With all house extension projects, nothing is ever set in stone. But if you amend the design, do you have to submit a new planning application?
When Antonia and her family moved into their Edwardian semi-detached home in Winchester the kitchen was dark and dated but they saw it had potential.
A case study describing how one homeowner decided whether or not to hire an Architect to help with his building project
Demolishing the wall between a kitchen and dining room is a popular home improvement, but before you start swinging a sledgehammer, there are some important things to consider
A case study describing how one homeowner decided whether to install a wood burning stove or have an open fireplace
A case study describing why a homeowner decided to add a window to a bathroom and how he did it
A case study looking at an extension of a 1960's property
A case study on how one owner approached the need for good foundations when building a large extension
Your builders are ready to go. Materials have been ordered. But you’re still waiting for planning permission to come through. What do you do?
How much does a home extension cost? It’s a common enough question but the answer can vary enormously. The solution for any home extension budget is to plan ahead and get 3-5 quotes before a single brick is laid.
If you are planning a home extension it can be tricky to know where to start. Do you call an architect first or a builder?
A case study on how one home owner converted his loft - even though it was full of truss rafters
A case study on how one home owner converted his garage and car port into an entertainment space
A case study on how one owner decided which builders to use for his extension
A case study on how graphic designer Louise and Martin, an accountant, turned their “florid Victoriana” bathroom into a stylish, calm retreat.
A case study looking at what was involved in gaining planning permission for an extension
A case study showing the decision making process one home owner followed when trying decide whether to move or improve
Case study of an extension to improve a small, cramped and dated kitchen into a spacious kitchen diner
Insurance may not be top of your to-do list, especially when other costs are starting to mount up. But you need to be aware of the different types of insurance, when you might need it and what it covers.
Building Regulations set national minimum standards for construction from structural stability of walls and roofs to fire safety and ventilation. The rules are enforced by local authority building control departments to ensure the safety of people in and around your property as well as energy conservation
Building a home extension can be stressful at the best of times (and we don’t want to put you off) but even more so if things go wrong. What should you do?
We’ve all heard scare stories of ‘cowboy builders’ who win work and leave the job unfinished. But the vast majority of builders are honest and hard-working. Here are our ten top tips to help prevent your dream home extension turning into a nightmare
In the exciting journey of building a home extension getting planning permission is usually up there with hiring skips and coping with builders. Usually boring and sometimes frustrating but 100 per cent necessary
Extending a kitchen-diner or converting the loft is a great way to create more space and value without the hassle of moving. But before you jump in and start knocking down walls, there is some important and even boring stuff you need to consider.
From architects to structural engineers and quantity surveyors – successful home extensions often rely on trusted building professionals who can help the beginner avoid costly mistakes. We take a look at the key experts and who you might want to involve
Why move when you can improve? With rising property prices, savvy homeowners are increasingly opting to stay put and extend the home they are living in to get extra space and value. But where do you begin?
What do you need to do to get Planning Permission?
Congratulations! You’ve done all the hard work and submitted your planning application to your local council. But how long does it take to get a decision?