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EV home charger

Home EV charging: installation and tariffs

April 28, 2022 4:00 pm Published by Comments Off on Home EV charging: installation and tariffs

A guide to installing a home EV charging point, electric vehicle energy tariffs and using renewables to help keep the cost of charging low


John and Julia's house on Grand Designs: The Streets

A modernist triumph on Graven Hill

April 28, 2022 7:30 am Published by Comments Off on A modernist triumph on Graven Hill

John and Julia's self-build on Graven Hill, featured in Grand Designs: The Streets, was so stressful that the couple both end up in hospital


firepit table rattan garden set with l-shaped sofa and bench

9 best-selling gas firepit table sets

April 13, 2022 8:00 am Published by Comments Off on 9 best-selling gas firepit table sets

A firepit dining table set is the latest garden must-have. You can even get gas firepit tables with a grill. Check out these best-sellers...


Cumbrian mill conversion and rebuild for Grand Designs

NaCSBA launches its 2022 self-build survey

March 16, 2022 11:39 am Published by Comments Off on NaCSBA launches its 2022 self-build survey

NaCSBA – the National Custom and Self Build Association – has launched its first annual survey of self builders. In... View Article


future homes: This carbon neutral home has passive thermal regulation throughout, as well as a smart rooftop garden and interior glass wall

Are these the homes of the future?

March 4, 2022 9:00 am Published by Comments Off on Are these the homes of the future?

What do our future home look like? These houses - one self-powered, one carbon neutral and one made of recycled waste - could hold the key


Don't Move Improve 2022 shortlist

3 energy efficient renovations

March 3, 2022 9:00 am Published by Comments Off on 3 energy efficient renovations

15 renovations were shortlisted for the NLA's Don't Move, Improve! awards 2022 - these three all showcase energy efficient retrofitting solutions


mid-century modern coffee table

Brits spend 38 days researching furniture buys

February 24, 2022 3:37 pm Published by Comments Off on Brits spend 38 days researching furniture buys

The humble coffee table is one of the trickiest furniture buys, according to research by ufurnish. Check out these 5 trending coffee table styles...


The Grand Designs West Sussex pond house has a beautiful natural swimming pool

All the houses from Grand Designs 2021

February 18, 2022 9:27 am Published by Comments Off on All the houses from Grand Designs 2021

All the houses from the Grand Designs 2021 series, episode by episode, including the Hux Shard in Devon and Olaf Mason's triangle house


The Grand Designs Dutch barn in Lincolnshire

Should I install a heat pump now?

February 10, 2022 12:00 pm Published by Comments Off on Should I install a heat pump now?

With gas boilers being phased out, many self-builders and renovators are asking, should I install a heat pump now, or replace my boiler?


tiny homes like this cabin in the woods are on the rise

Why tiny homes are on the up

January 6, 2022 4:46 pm Published by Comments Off on Why tiny homes are on the up

There are some 10,000 tiny homes in America. While there are only around 200 in the UK, houseboats and remote cabins are catching on...