September 22, 2017

Modernist restoration in Brussels, Belgium

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by Hannah Fenton

A 20-year love affair with a Bauhaus-influenced property has finally given one Belgian couple the home of their dreams. Xavier and Pascale de Breucker had…
September 19, 2017

Contemporary eco new build home in Denmark

in Self Build Homes

by Hannah Fenton

The design of Rasmus and Lene’s Danish home connects with its woodland setting, making it a natural winner. Gazing at a beautiful view – and…
September 13, 2017

Beautiful Steel Frames

in Home Improvements

by Gemma Parkes

Discover how bespoke windows and doors from Fabco Sanctuary could help transform your home. Wandsworth Commons Windows and doors are a key feature in any…
September 12, 2017

Case study: Multipurpose pavilion with outdoor kitchen

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by Hannah Fenton

This multipurpose pavilion with outdoor kitchen has become the hub of this west London home.   There’s no one-size-fits-all when it comes to our homes.…
September 12, 2017

Top 5 most unusual Grand Designs TV houses

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by Gemma Parkes

These memorable TV houses feature unexpected materials and quirky design ideas The eagerly anticipated new series of Channel 4’s Grand Designs has just made a…
September 11, 2017

Buyer's Guide to sourcing salvaged materials for your building project

in Home Improvements

by Gemma Parkes

Reclaimed structural elements and furniture add vintage style to a building project – and half the fun is going on the hunt for unique items…
September 11, 2017

A timber-clad hillside self-build

in Grand Designs TV Houses

by Gemma Parkes

This new-series Grand Designs TV house is testament to one couple’s commitment to see a tricky build through to completion Expats Jon and Gill Flewers…
September 11, 2017

Visit award-winning Grand Designs Live hosted by Kevin McCloud

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by Gemma Parkes

Find top experts, specialist exhibitors and a wealth of inspiration for your self-build or renovation project all under one roof Grand Designs Live, sponsored by…
September 08, 2017

George Clarke on why Britain should be a nation of self-builders

in Self Build Homes

by Hannah Fenton

The architect and presenter of Channel 4’s Amazing Spaces and The Restoration Man shares his latest tips and ideas. Britain should be a nation of…
September 05, 2017

Case study: Sustainable extension to a Victorian flat in London

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by Hannah Fenton

The addition of a kitchen-diner turned this Victorian flat in London into a airy, modern living space. With a poorly designed and unattractive conservatory stuck…
August 31, 2017

Transform Your Indoor and Outdoor Spaces with Porcelain Tiles

in Home Improvements

by Gemma Parkes

Using continuous materials inside and out will enhance the flow from inside your home to your patio or terrace. Open plan living spaces, floor to…
August 29, 2017

Case study: Small home office extension

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by Hannah Fenton

This small but perfectly formed office extension in London has an instant connection with the outdoors. When asked to redesign the lower-ground floor of a…
August 25, 2017

George Clarke on converting a loft

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by Hannah Fenton

The architect and presenter of Channel 4’s Amazing Spaces and The Restoration Man shares his latest tips and ideas. Whether it’s a conversion in an…
August 18, 2017

Buyers guide to music and TV entertainment systems

in Home Improvements

by Hannah Fenton

There has never been a better time to upgrade to the latest wireless music systems and high-resolution TV screens. Technology manufacturers have finally started to…
August 15, 2017

Create cutting-edge space with the latest on-trend kitchen designs

in Home Improvements

by Gemma Parkes

Create a cutting-edge space with the latest fixtures and fittings We all want our homes to be anything but standard, and nowhere is this illustrated…
August 16, 2017

TV house secrets: converted run-down yard to industrial-style home

in Grand Designs TV Houses

by Gemma Parkes

Tracy and Steve Fox turned a run-down yard in London into an innovative industrial-style home. We ask Tracy how they’re getting on three years later…
August 15, 2017

Case study: Hi-tech contemporary kitchen

in Self Build Homes

by Hannah Fenton

Hi-tech appliances combine with contemporary style in this new-build family home in West London. Creating a kitchen that will work well for a large family…
August 11, 2017

End-terrace house extension outwards and upwards

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by Hannah Fenton

Two new feature staircases link the levels of Marie-Eve Poget and Richard Jones’ end-terrace house, which has been extended outwards and upwards with dramatic effect.…
August 08, 2017

Case study: En suite bathroom design for life

in Self Build Homes

by Hannah Fenton

Gavin and Sally Cooke planned ahead when they built their new en suite to suit their visiting parents’ needs. Looking at the striking green mosaic…
August 04, 2017

George Clarke on creating the illusion of space

in Home Improvements

by Hannah Fenton

George Clarke; The architect and presenter of Channel 4’s Amazing Spaces and The Restoration Man shares his latest tips and ideas   Image: Jefferson Smith…
August 02, 2017

Buyers guide to composite surfaces

in Home Improvements

by Hannah Fenton

Thanks to new technology, man-made materials are now more versatile and durable than ever.   Manufactured materials haven’t been utilised a great deal in the…
July 31, 2017

Stunning demolition/new build in North London by Facit Homes

in Self Build Homes

by Gemma Parkes

With Anya, Robin and their 4 boys fast outgrowing their house in North London, in order to stay in the area that was ideal for…
July 28, 2017

Top trends for bathroom surfaces

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by Hannah Fenton

Fabulous and functional, treat your bathroom to sleek surfaces for a hit of designer style. Well-chosen suites can only go so far in creating a…
July 26, 2017

Tandoor-i: The World’s First Fully Integrated Tandoor Oven

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by Gemma Parkes

The world’s first fully integrated tandoor oven for the home kitchen, Tandoor-i is a revolution in home cooking. Nick from Tandoor-i says, “I absolutely love…
July 25, 2017

10 ways to give your period property a modern update

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by Hannah Fenton

Old Home, New Life. According to the latest figures, 86 per cent of England’s homes were built before 1990. Here are 10 ways to give…
July 20, 2017

New build villa in Bloemendaal, Netherlands

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by Hannah Fenton

Paul and Eugenie de Ruiter's Holland home blends effortlessly into the dunescape with its clean lines and simple palette of dark wood and glass. Choosing…
July 18, 2017

A self-build woodland retreat in Hampshire

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by Sophia Blackwell

An existing building and glorious woodland location inspired architect Tristan Wigfall to create a modern yet sympathetic country home in Hampshire When Jenny Stevinson decided…
July 14, 2017

The Selfbuilder announces partnership with The Selfbuild Bootcamp, the Home Renovation Workshops

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by Gemma Parkes

The Selfbuilder is excited to announce that they have partnered with The Selfbuild Bootcamp, the Home Renovation Workshops Their team of home enthusiasts will be…
July 14, 2017

Your options for self building your home

in Self Build Homes

by Hannah Fenton

We look at the different options – from using a main contractor to hiring a package company or tackling the building work yourself – to…
July 10, 2017

5 Reasons to Have a Home Gym Space

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by Gemma Parkes

Modern life means busy lifestyles for many of us. Everything from work, family commitments and social gatherings can mean that fitness can often take a…
July 10, 2017

How to maximise natural light in your home

in Home Improvements

by Hannah Fenton

Use architectural features and specialised finishes to maximise natural light in your home. Natural daylight is intrinsically linked to our mood, boosting the serotonin levels…
July 06, 2017

10 ways to simplify your space

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by Hannah Fenton

Make every room feel bigger and more harmonious with these practical design ideas – from colour schemes and materials to streamlined storage Most houses start…
July 04, 2017

Passive house rural barn in Berkshire

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by Hannah Fenton

Inspired by a traditional timber barn, Tom Gresford has created a Passivhaus-certified home that sits perfectly in its rural setting. The West Berkshire skyline was…
June 30, 2017

Before and after: Remodelled 1960s property in Hampshire

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by Hannah Fenton

A dated 1960s property in Hampshire has been remodelled to bring it into the 21st century.   Faced with selling their tired 1960s home, the…
June 21, 2017

Next generation of smart tap offers easy kitchen upgrades and environmental benefits

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by Gemma Parkes

Modernising the kitchen or upgrading the home office, gym or entertainment area needn’t cause chaos, thanks to the latest smart tap. The new Quatreau SmartTap™…
June 28, 2017

How to create a luxury kitchen on a budget

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by Hannah Fenton

Clever planning and savvy shopping can create a designer look without blowing the budget. InHouse Inspired Room Design (01661 842 304; inhouse.co.uk)   There’s no…
June 28, 2017

Transform Architects

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by Hannah Fenton

Transform Architects is an Award-winning RIBA Chartered Practice that specializes in contemporary self builds / extensions / disability adaptations and makeovers. Please visit the website…
June 23, 2017

Before and after: Natural stone bathroom renovation

in Home Improvements

by Hannah Fenton

Key to this bathroom renovation was an industrial look with fantastic natural stone and a sense of luxury. The first thing Natasha and SamChandler wanted…
June 19, 2017

TV house secrets: self build mews house in London

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by Gemma Parkes

Building a colourful mews house before gaining planning permission was a risk for architect Ian Hogarth. Is he still a fan of the striking style? …
June 20, 2017

TV House exclusive: Transformed Seventies bungalow on the Isle of Wight

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by Hannah Fenton

Architectural designer Lincoln Miles, who transformed a Seventies bungalow on the Isle of Wight, has now created a series of innovative dwellings on the island.…
June 16, 2017

Waterside chalet home in Germany

in Self Build Homes

by Hannah Fenton

A modern twist on the classic chalet, Andrea Dresely’s contemporary waterside home in south-west Germany was created with sustainability in mind. On the shoreline of…
June 13, 2017

Wrap around basement extension

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by Hannah Fenton

An enveloping basement extension in Oxford brings dramatic views from all angles.  Many late twentieth-century conservatories and lean-tos are now reaching the end of their…
June 07, 2017

How to transform your bathroom into a luxurious mini spa

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by Hannah Fenton

Make the most of the latest smart solutions to transform your bathing space into a luxurious mini spa Image: Grohe (0871 200 3414; grohe.com) Bathrooms…
June 05, 2017

TV house exclusive Upside-down cedar-clad eco home

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by Hannah Fenton

Idyllic plot, check. Innovative design, check. Super-eco credentials, check. Natasha Cargill’s Norfolk home from the recent TV series ticked all the right boxes… just Whether…
June 04, 2017

An inspirational one stop flooring supplier and installer

in Home Improvements

by Hannah Fenton

Buying flooring isn’t perhaps the most exciting purchase but get it right and it will completely transform any interior. This is an advertorial. The good…
June 01, 2017

Half-submerged house in America

in Conversions

by Hannah Fenton

EYE CATCHER Image: Paul Bardagjy   The sharp angles of this modern house by US architect Bercy Chen Studio (+1512 481 0092; bcarc.com) belie the fact…
May 25, 2017

Change of plan: a new, light-filled extension

in Extensions

by Gemma Parkes

How Clare and Gharad reworked the layout of their London home and added a light-filled extension that created a better flow and link to the…
May 19, 2017

Rural self build in Hawick, Scottish borders

in Self Build Homes

by Hannah Fenton

Inspired by his fine art degree, Brian Robertson referenced local artists when he and his wife Lesley built their Scottish Borders home.   Brian and…
May 18, 2017

Introducing the Laundry Ladder by JULU

in Home Improvements

by Charlotte Byrne

The Laundry Ladder is a modern twist on the classic ceiling airer, hanging on your wall and always ready for use. This is an advertorial.…
May 16, 2017

How much does an extension cost?

in Extensions

by Charlotte Byrne

Any build project can be a big financial investment, so it's essential you put a lot of thought into how much your extension will cost.…
May 16, 2017

Guide to finding the right property to renovate

in Conversions

by Hannah Fenton

If you're looking for a property to transform, our no-nonsense guide will help you find the ideal project Spotting the perfect renovation opportunity is a…
May 16, 2017

George Clarke on the best way to extend your home

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by Hannah Fenton

George Clarke; The architect and presenter of Channel 4’s Amazing Spaces and The Restoration Man shares his latest tips and ideas   Image: Thomas Stewart…
May 12, 2017

Before and after: Luxury bespoke kitchen on a budget

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by Hannah Fenton

This kitchen extension needed to deliver a luxury, bespoke feel without exceeding the given budget. After Paul Stevens and Barbara Halliwell added a single-storey extension…
May 09, 2017

Self build mortgages

in Self Build Homes

by Charlotte Byrne

Find out what your options are for financing your building project with our advice on UK self build mortgages. Image: An extension and partial rebuild…
May 09, 2017

Victorian semi renovation in Wandsworth, London

in Conversions

by Hannah Fenton

Jon and Jenny Plant turned their run-down house into a stylish home with bespoke touches of joinery and glazing. Jon and Jenny Plant went into…
May 09, 2017

Loft conversion ideas

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by Charlotte Byrne

A loft conversion is a great way to renovate, add to your existing house structure and create more living space.    Location Tufnell Park, north…
May 08, 2017

Self build insurance

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by Charlotte Byrne

A self build insurance policy will protect you and your project against a range of risks, so make sure you organise the right documentation before starting…
May 05, 2017

Grand Designs Australia TV house Sri Lanka-inspired family-friendly home

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by Hannah Fenton

This striking Grand Designs Australia build combines concrete finishes with the architectural inspiration of Sri Lanka to create a family-friendly home. Ever since they bought…
May 03, 2017

Former sanatorium conversion in East Sussex

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by Hannah Fenton

With meticulous attention to detail, British designer Terence Woodgate has transformed a former sanatorium in East Sussex into a modern minimalist family home. Arriving at…
May 01, 2017

The key to kerb appeal is in the detail

in Home Improvements

by Charlotte Byrne

First impressions count! So, when it comes to your home, the front façade of your property needs to look the part with arguably the most…
May 01, 2017

A step-by-step guide to kitchen extensions

in Extensions

by Intern

Make relaxed, multifunctional living a reality with a sociable and spacious open-plan addition. Read our step-to-step guide on how to plan and build your house extension. Image: Roundhouse…
May 17, 2017

Kevin McCloud on how our homes give us the chance to reflect and have new…

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by Hannah Fenton

Our editor-at-large ponders how our homes can give us a chance to reflect and have new experiences. If you enjoy birdwatching you will know that…
April 28, 2017

Underfloor heating for your dream home – your questions answered

in Home Improvements

by Charlotte Byrne

Your dream home should give you the freedom to choose – where to put your furniture, how to embrace your hobbies and how to enjoy…
April 20, 2017

Self-build holiday home in the Norfolk Broads

in Self Build Homes

by Rebecca Roe

Architects Patrick and Claire Michell used their expert knowledge to design the perfect holiday retreat by a secluded lagoon in the Norfolk Broads When they…
April 21, 2017

Self Build Lakeside home in the Cotswolds

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by Hannah Fenton

For Rachel and Manuel Nogueira, building their contemporary lakeside home in the Cotswolds countryside was all about creating the perfect family getaway. Many families dream…
April 14, 2017

Basement extension in Kensington, London

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by Hannah Fenton

A glass stairwell adds wow factor to the centre of a basement extension, which embraces the outdoors of this London home Connecting the house to…
April 13, 2017

Combining traditional architecture and contemporary design

in Home Improvements

by Hannah Fenton

Discover how combining traditional architecture with contemporary updates can enhance the character of your home Whether you’re planning to redesign a period property, add a…
April 10, 2017

Iconic architectural styles

in Self Build Homes

by Hannah Fenton

Grand Design explores the defining elements of contemporary construction movements, from the harsh facades of Brutalism to the white render of Modernism.   De Stijl…
April 05, 2017

A guide to choosing hard flooring

in Home Improvements

by Hannah Fenton

Today’s designs are versatile, low maintenance and available in a range of options – here’s what you need to consider Flooring is an essential element…
April 03, 2017

Timber-framed split-level new build in Devon

in Self Build Homes

by Hannah Fenton

Amy and Adam Greenman’s split-level, timber-framed home nestles into the slope of its tree-lined plot in Devon.   When Amy and Adam Greenman inherited a…
April 01, 2017

Kevin McCloud on his love of the weird and wonderful

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by Hannah Fenton

Our editor-at-large shares his love of the weird and wonderful, from edgy post-war architecture to smartphone games for kids. Recently I went to visit a…
April 01, 2017

Kevin McCloud urges us not to judge buildings at face value

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by Hannah Fenton

Our editor-at-large urges us not to judge buildings at face value – taking the time to experience a building first-hand is the order of the…
March 03, 2017

Kevin McCloud on the connection between buildings and place

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by Hannah Fenton

Our editor-at-large ponders the relationship between buildings and site, and how it affects our love of them. There’s a paradox in our built world that…
March 28, 2017

Buyer's guide to build systems

in Self Build Homes

by Hannah Fenton

We look at the most popular structural options to help you decide on the perfect route for building your new home. When embarking on a…
March 28, 2017

Kevin McCloud on our desire for light and space and the battle to access the…

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by Hannah Fenton

Our editor-at-large considers our desire for light and space and the battle to access the green belt. The idea of development remains an anathema to…
March 28, 2017

George Clarke's rotating home

in Self Build Homes

by Charlotte Byrne

Discover George Clarke's rotating home, as seen on the Channel 4 show Amazing Spaces and this year's Ideal Home Show.   George Clarke's rotating home…
March 28, 2017

Buyers guide to glazing

in Home Improvements

by Hannah Fenton

Open up your home with contemporary window options One of the biggest areas to consider when planning a renovation or self-build is the glazing. If…
March 24, 2017

Building your own house: 10 things you need to know

in Self Build Homes

by Hannah Fenton

We reveal the secrets to building your own house on time, to budget and with minimal stress along the way.   1. Take your time…
March 20, 2017

TV house: Hand-built ecological home in Wales

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by Paul Oneal

As part of an eco-village in west Wales, Simon and Jasmine Dale set out to hand-build an ecological home, starting with only £500 in the…
March 22, 2017

Kevin McCloud's pearls of wisdom on Grand Designs

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by Hannah Fenton

Our editor-at-large contemplates some pearls of wisdom gathered while filming the new series of Grand Designs – and drops a few names, too. Frank Gehry,…
March 22, 2017

How to incorporate awkward structure into your design

in Home Improvements

by Hannah Fenton

Don’t let a nuisance nook or bulky beam thwart your design plans – embrace them with our clever ideas. Self-builders starting from scratch have the…
March 22, 2017

Kevin McCloud on Britain's best restoration projects

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by Intern

Our editor-at-large has been stepping back in time to visit a collection of amazing restoration projects. What defines us as a country? Our national food?…
March 22, 2017

Case study: Seamless en suite space

in Self Build Homes

by Hannah Fenton

The clean lines of Corian bring refined bespoke luxury to a Cotswolds en suite. When an interiors professional creates a bathroom for a client who’s…
March 16, 2017

Eco-friendly new-build on Grand Designs Australia

in Self Build Homes

by Hannah Fenton

For eco-conscious Grand Designs Australia builders Nigel and Nina Eberhardt, a prized gum tree became the star of their project. Born and bred in Tasmania,…
March 16, 2017

Kevin McCloud on how he welcomes spring

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by Hannah Fenton

This month our editor-at-large discusses how he welcomes spring, as well as urban trees and the science of thermal mass. Spring never really gets going…
March 14, 2017

Compact single-storey new build in East Dulwich, London

in Self Build Homes

by Hannah Fenton

Built with a limited budget, Stephen and Cecilia Blowers’ imaginatively designed, light-filled home makes the most of its tight city location. Affordable plots of land…
March 10, 2017

Buyer's guide to period features

in Home Improvements

by Hannah Fenton

Add character to a contemporary property by reinstating traditional designs. Gone are the days of stark, white minimalism – period elements are becoming increasingly popular.…
March 09, 2017

Kevin McCloud on the meaning of the Latin word villa

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by Hannah Fenton

Our editor-at-large discusses the meaning of the Latin word villa and looks at how diff erent architects have interpreted its signifi cance throughout history.  …
March 07, 2017

Visit the UK’s only self build show centre…

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by Charlotte Byrne

Potton's stunning show homes will inspire your imagination. This is an advertorial. Five stunning self build designs have been brought to life at the Potton…
March 07, 2017

Charlie Luxton's self build holiday home in Tregona, north Cornwall

in Self Build Homes

by Hannah Fenton

Timing, planning and patience were key to the success of TV architectural designer Charlie Luxton’s holiday home. Set in the picturesque Cornish countryside, a mere…
March 06, 2017

Kevin McCloud on global sustainability and the mystery of good design

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by Hannah Fenton

Our editor-at-large discusses global sustainability and the mystery of good design, and reveals his favourite new products. There’s one inescapable fact that lies behind world…
February 28, 2017

Grand Designs water tower conversion in London

in Grand Designs TV Houses

by Paul Oneal

An ambitious Grand Designs water tower conversion based in London had two new-build extensions included in the renovation. The Grand Designs water tower, which Kevin…
February 28, 2017

Buying guide to underfloor heating

in Home Improvements

by Hannah Fenton

Considering an underfloor heating for your home might raise a lot of questions such as cost, installation time, what system to opt for, hydronic or…
February 28, 2017

TV house: Timber-framed new-build in Bolton

in Grand Designs TV Houses

by Rebecca Roe

In a world where time is money, builder Paul Rimmer and his family have shown how to construct a sustainable home The exterior is a…
February 16, 2017

Curved house on Lake Zürich, Switzerland

in Self Build Homes

by Hannah Fenton

Stefan Camenzind had to think outside the box - literally - to create his remarkable curved home on Lake Zürich, Switzerland. When you finish a project…
February 13, 2017

Shower room extension to a garden studio

in Extensions

by Hannah Fenton

Adding a tiny shower room extension to an existing garden studio has transformed it into a secluded and practical woodland retreat. The success of an…
February 10, 2017

TV series secrets: Cliff-side home in Wales

Rob Hodgson and Kay Ralph wowed with their new-build and dramatic cliff-side location in Wales. Rob reveals how things have progressed. What have you been…
February 10, 2017

Buyers guide to smart home security systems

in Home Improvements

by Hannah Fenton

Whatever your project, create peace of mind by planning in a home security smart system at the initial design stage of your build. Image: hivehome.com…
January 31, 2017

Exposed plywood rear extension and loft conversion in Balham, London

in Extensions

by Hannah Fenton

Striking use of exposed plywood ensures David and Clare Taylor’s extended Victorian home in London stands out from the crowd Loft conversions and rear extensions…
January 26, 2017

Contemporary retirement bungalow in Dorset

in Self Build Homes

by Charlotte Byrne

Modern design probably doesn’t spring to mind when you think of retirement bungalows   This home on the Dorset coast by Ström Architects is super…
January 23, 2017

A guide to broken-plan living spaces

in Home Improvements

by Intern

Open-plan living was once the preferred layout for homes, now broken-plan living is an alternative to the popular trend. Image: Foxtons (020 3728 2000; foxtons.co.uk)…
January 23, 2017

How to build a low-energy home

in Self Build Homes

by Intern

If you want to build a sustainable new home, the best route to achieving your low-energy goals is by taking a fabric-first approach to design…
January 23, 2017

Buyer's guide to wallcoverings

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by Intern

Use new technology and trends to improve the finish and functionality of your walls. Image: Walls and Floors (01536 314 730; wallsandfloors.co.uk)   Regardless of…
January 23, 2017

How to plan and budget for a basement extension

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by Intern

Dig deep to add space and value when budgeting and planning your basement extension. Image: RDA Architects (020 8299 2222; rdauk.com)   Introducing a basement…
January 22, 2017

Bifold doors or sliding doors?

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by Intern

Whether to choose bifold doors or sliding doors is one of the most common questions we get asked at IDSystems. This is an advertorial. Image:…
January 20, 2017

TV house: Transformed bungalow in Wirral, Merseyside

in Grand Designs TV Houses

by Paul Oneal

A love of industrial aesthetic and the need for space inspired Rosie and Stuart Treasurer to reimagine an unloved bungalow. At a glance:Who Stuart and…
January 20, 2017

Converted oat mill

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by Intern

Clad in rusted metal, Gavin and Angelique Robb’s former oat mill is a strikingly modern, eco-conscious family home. Names Angelique and Gavin RobbLocation AberdeenshireProperty Restored and…
January 20, 2017

Buyer's guide to glazed doors

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by Intern

Increase natural light, improve your home’s energy efficiency and connect to your outside space with these innovative solutions. Image: Centor (0121 701 2500; centor.com)  …
January 20, 2017

Buyer's guide to external cladding

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by Intern

Create impact and protect your home with the latest external surface materials Image: (squireandpartners.com; tuchschmid.ch)   Exterior cladding is the thin skin of material on…
January 19, 2017

Buyer's guide to bricks

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by Intern

Varied, versatile and eye-catching, masonry is an ideal option for any construction project. Image: Lipton Plant Architects (020 7288 1333; lparchitects.co.uk)   Thanks to the…
January 19, 2017

Smart technology at home

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by Intern

Invest in new technology to create a connected property that is comfortable and secure. Image: (01379 658 300; glazingvision.co.uk)   Smart technology has been around…
January 19, 2017

Clever conversions

in Conversions

by Intern

Converted buildings make some of the most exciting places to live, but only when the transformation is done with sensitivity. Here’s how to get it…
January 19, 2017

Inside out spaces

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by Intern

A sympathetic layout, innovative glazing and matched materials can bring nature indoors and turn your garden into a true living area. Image: Loyn & Co…
January 19, 2017

Buyer's guide to staircases

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by Intern

When it comes to the design of this essential element, making a sweeping statement pays dividends. Image: First Step Designs (01782 959 300; firststepdesigns.com)  …
January 19, 2017

Modern home extension with no budget or space restraints

in Extensions

by Intern

Marion Venman bravely gave her architect the freedom – with no budget or space constraints – to come up with a design that would give…
January 19, 2017

Top 10 Eco Homes

in Self Build Homes

by Intern

Sustainable dwellings come in many guises, from super-insulated structures to retrofitted Victorian terraces. Here’s our top 10 projects that push the boundaries. 1. Less is…
January 19, 2017

Amazing homes for under £200,000

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by Intern

We’ve searched high and low for affordable projects that prove building on a budget isn’t just a pipe dream.   1. The shipping news Location: Derry,…
January 18, 2017

A guide to kitchen layouts

in Home Improvements

by Intern

How you plan a scheme can make the difference between a super-efficient space and a kitchen calamity. Find out which arrangement works best for you…
January 17, 2017

Garden room extension on a listed property in London

in Extensions

by Intern

Space to entertain and a contemporary style were top of the agenda for extending this listed status Georgian property with a garden room. The owner…
January 17, 2017

Sixties house eco extension

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by Intern

When Robin and Wendy Knibb decided to remodel their Sixties house, they knew just the man to design their eco extension: their architect son. Having…
January 17, 2017

Open-plan basement extension in Islington, London

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by Intern

Going underground provided Robert and Frances Leeming with much-needed additional square-metreage and gave them the garden they’d never had. When Robert and Frances Leeming first…
January 17, 2017

Conversion: Two neighbouring loft-style flats into one apartment

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by Intern

When Kirstin and Haris Contaroudas’ London home became too small for their growing family, they doubled its size by buying the apartment next door and…
January 17, 2017

Victorian terrace city house side extension

in Extensions

by Intern

An extension was the key to unlocking the potential in Ella and Tom Richards’ London Victorian home, giving them a flowing open-plan space that connects…
January 17, 2017

Transform your living space with Spectrum Skylights

in Home Improvements

by Hannah Fenton

This is an advertorial. Spectrum Skylights have been developed to provide a cost effective contemporary glazing solution for both flat and sloped roof applications. Spectrum…
January 16, 2017

Kevin McCloud discusses the affordability of housing

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by Intern

Our editor-at-large continues his investigation into the state of the UK housing market. Continuing last month’s discussion of the affordability of housing, I’m keen to…
January 16, 2017

Create your dream office space

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Whether you work from home every day or just a few hours a week, the right environment is key to success. Image: Mailen Design (020…
January 16, 2017

Kevin McClouds introduction to architectural definitions

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Our editor-at-large provides a summary of useful definitions – the perfect reading material for avid Grand Designs viewers. Recently I’ve had my knuckles rapped and been…
January 16, 2017

8 ways to decorate your living room

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Create a warm, inviting and practical living room that embraces both style and function with these on-trend solutions.   1. Get in the zone While…
January 16, 2017

Prefab new build cabin on stilts

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When Terry Ohm came across the It House prefabricated build system, he knew he had struck gold for his new Californian home that hovers on…
January 16, 2017

Choosing surfaces for your project

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The materials you choose aren’t just a finishing touch – surfaces can make or break a project, both aesthetically and practically. Here’s how to get…
January 16, 2017

Double-height extension bungalow

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Adding a striking double-height extension to a modest bungalow has turned a dated property into a contemporary family home Standard Fifties bungalows are not usually…
January 16, 2017

New build barn in Poland

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To create her perfect family home, Polish architect Ola Wołczyk designed an ultra-modern barn with an eight-metre-high ceiling and fully glazed wall. Viewed from the…
January 16, 2017

Buyer's guide to modern internal doors

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Choose from these innovative design ideas to find the right style to suit your space and project.   1. Slide away Image: Eclisse (01476 565…
January 13, 2017

Renewable heating at home

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Reduce your energy costs and increase your home’s efficiency with the latest range of eco-friendly solutions Euroheat (01885 491 100; euroheat.co.uk) We all know the benefits that…
January 13, 2017

Soften a room with blush pink colour

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Subtle and sophisticated, this elegant shade of pink has just enough grey in its base to keep it understated and grown-up. A beautiful choice for…
January 13, 2017

Create your own hi-tech kitchen

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The latest technology brings the twenty-first century into the heart of your home   LWK Kitchens London (020 7536 9266; ilwk-home.com)   Technology permeates almost…
January 13, 2017

Design your own bespoke bathroom

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Mix and match fittings and simple-to-use online tools now make it easier than ever for you to create a space that’s tailored to the way…
January 13, 2017

Self build house kits

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A self build house kit or prefabricated kit home is an attractive self build option, with bespoke designs and fast build times.   Built using…
January 13, 2017

4 ways to connect your home and garden

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A sympathetic layout, innovative glazing and matched materials can bring nature indoors,  turn your garden into a true living area and increase space inside and…
January 13, 2017

Self-build project on your existing property

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A neglected piece of garden, a dilapidated garage or some disused outbuildings could be just the place to self-build your future house. Image: CDMS Architects…
January 13, 2017

Clever ways to remodel your bathroom

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If a poorly planned space is getting you down, rethink its design with smart storage and clever fixtures Image: Arcade (01322 473 222; arcadebathrooms.com)  …
January 13, 2017

How to maximise your bathroom budget

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Whether your bathroom budget is big or small, be sure to maximise it with expert design tips, detailed planning and smart shopping. Image: Clearwater Baths…
January 12, 2017

George Clarke on building a tree house

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George Clarke, architect and presenter of Channel 4’s Amazing Spaces and The Restoration Man, shares his latest tips and ideas on building a tree house.…
January 12, 2017

George Clarke's home storage secrets

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George Clarke, architect and presenter of Channel 4’s Amazing Spaces and The Restoration Man, shares his latest tips and ideas about home storage secrets. Storage…
January 12, 2017

George Clarke on creating a perfect snug

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George Clarke, architect and presenter of Channel 4’s Amazing Spaces and The Restoration Man, shares his latest tips and ideas on creating the perfect snug.…
January 12, 2017

Which type of underfloor heating is right for your home

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Find out how underfloor heating works, the different options available, what costs are involved and whether it’s right for your home and lifestyle. Image: Pergo…
January 12, 2017

The Origami House in Japan

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The old adage – that good things come in small packages – certainly rings true with the Origami House in Japan. Image: TSC Architects (+81…
January 12, 2017

How to make money from your home

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A house is the biggest asset most of us will ever own, but could yours be generating a regular income, too? Grand Designs explores the…
January 12, 2017

10 ways to make the most of compact space

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Your grand design doesn’t have to be on a grand scale. These 10 solutions show you how to make a bold statement in a compact…
January 12, 2017

Interior Trend: Emerald Green

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Create an on-trend interior scheme with emerald green, whether it’s a quick update or a total revamp. Deep, vibrant, opulent and regal, this colour is…
January 12, 2017

George Clarke talks garden studios

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George Clarke, architect and presenter of Channel 4’s Amazing Spaces and The Restoration Man, shares his latest tips and ideas on garden studios. For series…
January 12, 2017

George Clarke: Is a garage conversion a good investment?

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George Clarke, architect and presenter of Channel 4’s Amazing Spaces and The Restoration Man, explains why a garage conversion can be a good investment. The humble…
January 12, 2017

Add value to your property with a new bathroom

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Need an en suite or a family shower room? Take your cue from our collection of innovative ideas for a slick and well-styled zone. Duravit…
January 12, 2017

New materials to use in your kitchen scheme

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There’s change afoot in kitchen design, as manufacturers move away from traditional timber and embrace bold metallics, concrete, porcelain and even leather. Ar’Chic Architects (020…
January 12, 2017

Kevin McCloud on the impact of bad air quality in our homes

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Our editor-at-large has been considering the impact of bad air quality in our homes. How do you measure a happy house? By the number of…
January 12, 2017

Buyer's guide to insulation

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Invest in insulation for your property to create a comfortable home and reduce your energy costs. Office OU (office-ou.com)   Whether you’re carrying out major…
January 12, 2017

5 ways to update your property exterior

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Transform your property's exterior with a facelift and make it more appealing, efficient and valuable.  LA Hally Architects (01962 843 500; lahally.com)   Weathering can…
January 12, 2017

How to stay on budget when renovating your kitchen

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Clever design and savvy shopping will ensure you achieve renovating your new kitchen while staying on budget. Neptune (01793 427 300; neptune.com)   To anyone…
January 12, 2017

An easy guide to adding an en suite

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After a new retreat? It’s easier than you’d think to add an en suite to your home. Archic (archic.co.uk) Unlike a shared bathroom, an en…
January 11, 2017

Choosing your interior flooring

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Whether you prefer geometric tiles, industrial concrete or natural wood, there’s an ideal hard flooring solution for your project. Image: Turgon (020 8343 3463; turgon ooring.co.uk) The…
January 11, 2017

Grand Designs best houses

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Discover which projects made it on to Kevin McCloud’s top 10 list of all-time best Grand Designs Houses. With more than 100 projects to choose…
January 11, 2017

Interior Trend: Forest green hues

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Bring the peace and serenity of nature to any home interior space with forest green colour hues. Rich, leafy greens combine two of this season’s…
January 11, 2017

New-build town house in Toronto

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A modern new-build town house in Toronto proves that less is often more as Maria and Gordon Landry created a light-filled home on a modest…
January 11, 2017

Factory Conversion in Berlin

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Eva and Gerald Rücker transformed an unloved factory in the heart of Berlin into the spacious loft dwelling of their dreams. Finding a home that…
January 11, 2017

How to source salvaged materials for your building project

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Salvaged materials can add character to a building project, but you’ll need a good nose to track down the best products. Whether it’s the beautiful…
January 11, 2017

10 space saving design ideas

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Make every room feel bigger and more harmonious with these practical design ideas – from colour schemes and materials to streamlined storage. Most houses start…
January 11, 2017

TV house: Dairy Cottage in Hampshire

When their thatched house burnt down and they discovered they weren’t insured, Alex Reay and Cheryl Robson didn’t lose heart. Instead, they rebuilt their dream…
January 11, 2017

TV house: Lifeboat Station in Tenby, South Wales

A crumbling Grade II-listed lifeboat station building on a beach would be a risk too far for many grand designers, but for Tim and Philomena…
January 10, 2017

TV house: Converted Church in Birmingham

Dean Marks wasn’t content to self-build – he wanted to self-plan, too. Many years and planning headaches later, his converted church in Birmingham is now…
January 10, 2017

TV house: Period Farmhouse in Gloucestershire

When they fell in love with a sixteenth-century property in Gloucestershire, Jeremy and Louise Brown had no idea how much work – and money –…
January 10, 2017

Create more storage space in your home

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Build bespoke designs into your home to create streamlined, clutter-free storage spaces. Image: Int2 (int2architecture.ru)   Nineteenth-century designer William Morris famously said, ‘Have nothing in…
January 10, 2017

Modern stoves for efficient heating

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Efficient heating can make a huge difference to your home – use our guide to choose the ideal product Image: Scan (01527 506 010; scan.dk)…
January 10, 2017

TV house: Tower conversion in Buckinghamshire

Deborah Mills and Andrew Tate’s conversion of a decommissioned tower was a long-term project and very much a labour of love.   The 100ft tower…
January 10, 2017

TV house: Damien Hirst houseboat renovation

Artist Damien Hirst and his Californian wife Maia Norman wanted a city bolt-hole. Maia found a floating houseboat in Chelsea – a sort of pied-sur-mer…
January 10, 2017

TV house: Gothic Chapel in County Mayo, Ireland

Andrew and Jackie Lohan took on a roofless wreck in County Mayo, Ireland. Their clever Gothic Chapel conversion – which centred on a timber and…
January 10, 2017

TV house: Grand Designs Isle of Wight house in the trees

Lincoln Miles and Lisa Traxler transformed an uninspiring Seventies home in an idyllic Isle of Wight wooded glade into a rural haven 'house in the…
January 10, 2017

TV house: Timber Cottage renovation in North Cornwall

In this innovative renovation project, Gregory Kewish and Rebecca Sturrock built upwards to make the most of the vista from the roof of their Cornish…
January 10, 2017

TV house: The Old Cinema in South Yorkshire

Grand designers Gwyn and Kate ap Harri took a leap into the unknown, rescuing a local old cinema in their home town and transforming it…
January 10, 2017

Nineteenth century stone barn conversion

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A sensitive transformation of a dilapidated nineteenth century stone barn in the Scottish Highlands has given Linda Wilson and Peter Quicke their dream home. 'There…
January 10, 2017

Nineteenth century period property conversion

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A rambling nineteenth century property in south London has been converted into a family home that celebrates its period features. Reducing the overall floor space…
January 10, 2017

Wiltshire two-storey rear extension

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A two-storey extension in rural Wiltshire is the original building’s contemporary twin. Gaining permission to add a contemporary two-storey extension to a traditional stone cottage…
January 10, 2017

West Sussex kitchen barn conversion

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This barn in West Sussex has been converted into a traditional-style English kitchen with some clever use of storage. Family kitchens need to be more than just…
January 10, 2017

Kevin McCloud on our devastating effect on the environment

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Our editor-at-large is aghast at our short-sighted approach to the environment – and its devastating effect on the world’s oceans. While we continue to build,…
January 10, 2017

Industrial steel and timber rear extension

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With its mix of Corten steel, concrete and timber, this show-stopping industrial rear extension is a bold addition to Alison and James Robertson’s listed Edinburgh…
January 10, 2017

How to build a garden room

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Building a garden room is a relatively inexpensive way to add space – and it can make a glorious architectural statement. Building a garden room…
January 10, 2017

Buyer's guide to solar panels

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Producing your own energy is easier than ever and harnessing heat from the sun using solar panels is becoming one of the most affordable options.…
January 10, 2017

360 degree coastal self-build in Scotland

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Lesley Smith’s new coastal home in Scotland not only offers stunning 360 degree views, but has also become a local landmark of exceptional architectural merit.…
January 10, 2017

Box shaped new build

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Little house on the prairie Sitting in the middle of a 16-acre farm in Wisconsin in the US, this zinc-clad new-build property by Wendell Burnette…
January 10, 2017

5 easy ways to extend your home

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Whether you want to build up, out, or in the garden, you can extend your home by taking advantage of the latest permitted development rights.…
January 09, 2017

Kevin McCloud talks housing markets

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Our editor-at-large, Kevin McCloud talks housing markets and compares the inflated UK with affordable Australia.   During the run-up to the last UK general election,…
January 06, 2017

Kevin McCloud Talks Game of Thrones in Belfast

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Our editor-at-large is busy filming the forthcoming series of GD and House of the Year – and getting all the Game of Thrones gossip in…
January 06, 2017

Kevin McCloud looks at different trends in design and architecture

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Our editor-at-large looks at different trends in design and muses over popular materials used in architecture. There is a certain discomfort in building design that…
January 06, 2017

Kevin McCloud on the new act that aims to revive self-builds

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Our editor-at-large charts the death of self-build in the face of past legislation and welcomes a new act that aims to revive it. Self-build is…
January 06, 2017

Kevin McCloud on solving the national housing crisis

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Our editor-at-large on why good design and more affordable homes are integral to solving the national housing crisis If you’re reading this and you’re a…
January 06, 2017

Kevin McCloud praising forward thinking designs

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Our editor-at-large announces a new Channel 4 series, praises a forward-thinking design collective and laments planning cuts. Should you happen to find yourself in Singapore…
January 06, 2017

Kevin McCloud on sustainable timber

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Our editor-at-large discusses his favourite houses from his latest TV series and praises WWF for championing sustainable timber International architectural wonders were the focus of…
January 05, 2017

Grand Designs steam bent timber house in Cornwall

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Tom and Danie Raffield put their design and craftsmanship skills to the test on Grand Designs when they built a unique timber extension to their listed…
January 05, 2017

TV series secrets: The Shipping Container

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by Paul Oneal

Taking a look back at the creation of the shipping container home and its contemporary design. What’s happened since the show?Work has been really busy.…
January 05, 2017

Murphy House is revealed as RIBA house of the year

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Whimsical Edinburgh new-build is crowned the winner of the RIBA House of the Year 2016. Congratulations to Richard Murphy Architects, who scooped the top prize…
January 05, 2017

Self build guide: Planning your grand design

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by Paul Oneal

Understand planning permissions for your own grand design as well as important information on local planning departments. Image: Tony Holt Design (01202 208 331; tonyholt-design.co.uk)…
January 05, 2017

Self build costs: How to pay for your self build

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by Paul Oneal

Paying for your self build differs from the traditional method. Find out how much you can expect your self build to cost. Image: Cotswold Architects…
January 05, 2017

Self build guide: Finding the right architect

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by Paul Oneal

Getting the right architect on board from the start is crucial to the smooth running of your self build project. Image: Giles Pike Architects 0207…
January 05, 2017

Self build guide: Finding a plot

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by Paul Oneal

Make sure your grand design runs as smoothly as possible with our no-nonsense guide to finding a plot for your self build project. Image: Plot…
January 05, 2017

TV series revisit: The Cave

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by Paul Oneal

Last year, Angelo Mastropietro inspired viewers with his cave-house transformation. Here, he reveals how things have moved on. Who Angelo MastropietroWhat Turned an 800-year-old cave…
January 05, 2017

Self build project: Tin House

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by Paul Oneal

Inspired by local sheds and Sixties caravans, Alan Dickson built his aluminium-clad home on the Isle of Skye by hand. Names Alan Dickson and Gill…
January 05, 2017

Self build project: Zinc-Clad house

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by Paul Oneal

Imposing yet subtle, Richard and Jackie Callison's metal-clad self build home takes its design cues from the rugged Angus countryside. Who Richard and Jackie CallisonWhere…
January 05, 2017

Grand Designs House of the Year 2016

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by Paul Oneal

From a bold beach cabin to a chic underground haven, this year’s most creative architecture on Grand Design's House of the Year is sure to…
January 05, 2017

New TV series: The Farmhouse

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The first project on the Grand Designs TV series seeking crowdfunding to support the development. Names Mark and Candida DiaconoAges 50 and 48Children Nell, 11Location…
January 05, 2017

Australian TV series: Tasmanian conversion

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by Paul Oneal

Mark and Karen Bartkevicius couldn’t resist the opportunity to convert this Twenties electricity substation in Tasmania into a family home. Names Mark and Karen BartkeviciusLocation…
January 04, 2017

TV House: Convention-breaking eco home in the Isle of Skye

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by Paul Oneal

A modest budget was outweighed by sheer determination and a crafty design approach for Indi and Rebecca Waterstone’s convention-breaking eco home in the Scottish Hebrides.…
January 04, 2017

Ben Law's Wooden House

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by Paul Oneal

If you ask a fan of Grand Designs which programme they remember most, it’s often: ‘the one where the guy built his house in the…
January 04, 2017

New TV series: Future Proof home

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by Paul Oneal

A super high-spec zero-carbon dwelling sat on the edge of the West Pennine hills. While Paul Rimmer may be a serial builder, this is his…
January 04, 2017

TV Series Secrets: Straw Bale House

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by Paul Oneal

Sarah Wigglesworth and Jeremy Till built their unusual home more than 16 years ago. Sarah shares their experiences. Who Sarah Wigglesworth and Jeremy TillWhere North…
January 04, 2017

New TV Series: Home in the Forest

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by Paul Oneal

After a five-year battle with cancer, Michelle Parsons and husband David took a carpe diem approach to building themselves an inspiring home in the forest.…
January 04, 2017

New TV Series: The Play House

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by Paul Oneal

Architect Matt White got the whole family involved in designing their playful home on the South Downs Names Matt and Sophie White and their children Mia,…
January 04, 2017

Self build mortgage calculator

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by Charlotte Byrne

Use our self build mortgage calculator to help you budget for your project.   You should always consult with your bank or mortgage advisor for…
January 03, 2017

New TV series: The tree house

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by Paul Oneal

A magical tree house was Jon Martin and Noreen Jaafar’s creative answer to building on a tight, wooded plot in Dursley’s town centre. Who Jon…
January 03, 2017

TV series secrets: Minimalist family home

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by Paul Oneal

Mimi Da Costa shares her tips for building a minimalist, eco-friendly family home inspired by the Kent countryside. Who? Mimi and Andre Da CostaWhat? Despite…
January 03, 2017

Revolutionary fireproof eco home

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by Paul Oneal

After Dan Zeidan lost his property to a bush fire, he and his partner decided to build a revolutionary fireproof eco home – the result…
January 03, 2017

Grand Designs Revisit: Hellifield Peel Castle

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by Paul Oneal

After renovating Hellifield Peel Castle on Grand Designs, Francis Shaw wants to build a Romanesque villa. Who? Francis and Karen Shaw What? After realising his…
January 03, 2017

Exclusive interview: Passivhaus Architects

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by Paul Oneal

Cotswolds-based architects Helen and Chris Seymour-Smith, who created Britain’s first Passivhaus, have been building more eco-friendly homes How has your practice evolved since your house…
January 03, 2017

TV home: Cowshed conversion in Somerset

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by Paul Oneal

Self-build first-timers Ed and Vicky Versluys transformed a Somerset cowshed into a sustainable contemporary home packed with clever features and stacks of charm. Names Ed…
January 02, 2017

Create your own reading nook

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Not looking forward to winter? Try creating a secluded corner where you can surround yourself with books and while away a rainy afternoon. In this…
January 02, 2017

Riverside window on the world in China

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An impressive riverside build in China highlights a mutual respect between the house and its environment. The concept behind this impressive build was to highlight…
January 02, 2017

Amphibious flood proof house in Buckinghamshire

Andy and Nicki Bruce’s amphibious home in Buckinghamshire first graced our screens last year. With the project now complete, the couple tell the story of…
January 02, 2017

Fluid concrete holiday home in Spain

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This fluid concrete structure is not only pleasing on the eye but is multipurpose for the three generations of family and their needs. The meandering…
January 02, 2017

Build an outdoor kitchen

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Upgrade your al fresco entertaining with a fully equipped kitchen for an outdoor cooking experience your guests won’t forget. Image: DesignSpace London (020 7228 8088;…
January 01, 2017

How to maximise the efficiency of burning wood

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Burning wood can actually have a lower environmental CO2 impact than if it was left to rot naturally.   Wood is a highly sustainable, versatile…
January 01, 2017

Choosing the right fireplace

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Whether it’s a major structural piece or a simple retrofit model, go for a striking fireplace design.   Who can resist the attractive warmth, aroma…
December 12, 2016

TV house re-visit: Timber home

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by Paul Oneal

Sustainable, stylish and affordable, Gregory Kewish and Rebecca Sturrock’s innovative timber build was a hit with Grand Designs viewers. We catch up with Gregory to…
December 11, 2016

Grand Designs cave house

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by Paul Oneal

The Grand Designs cave house was a huge hit with TV viewers. Cheery Angelo Mastropietro braved all the odds and fashioned a humble home out…
December 09, 2016

TV House: Post-Industrial new build

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by Paul Oneal

TV house: Weathering steel-clad new build in East Sussex. Despite many challenges, building this striking post-industrial riverside home in East Sussex turned out to be…
December 10, 2016

A cutting-edge dream home by the sea

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by Paul Oneal

After a near-death experience, Bram and Lisa Vis bravely followed their dream to build a cutting-edge family home by the sea on the Isle of…
December 09, 2016

TV house exclusive: East Sussex

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by Paul Oneal

This boat-inspired house by the river in East Sussex helped James Strangeways to find his feet on dry land. Described by Kevin McCloud as ‘one…
December 09, 2016

TV house: converted and extended Blacksmith's Forge in Northern Ireland

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by Paul Oneal

Adapting a century-old forge in County Antrim was a journey of discovery for grand designers Michael Howe and Michele Long Names Michael Howe and Michele…
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Visit award-winning Grand Designs Live hosted by Kevin McCloud

Find top experts, specialist exhibitors and a wealth of inspiration for your self-build or renovation project all under one roof
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Contemporary eco new build home in Denmark

The design of Rasmus and Lene’s Danish home connects with its woodland setting, making it a natural winner.
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Beautiful Steel Frames

Discover how bespoke windows and doors from Fabco Sanctuary could help transform your home.

Kevin McCloud on how our homes give us the chance to reflect and have new experiences

Our editor-at-large ponders how our homes can give us a chance to reflect and have new experiences.
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A timber-clad hillside self-build

This new-series Grand Designs TV house is testament to one couple’s commitment to see a tricky build through to completion
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George Clarke on why Britain should be a nation of self-builders

The architect and presenter of Channel 4’s Amazing Spaces and The Restoration Man shares his latest tips and ideas.
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Case study: Sustainable extension to a Victorian flat in London

The addition of a kitchen-diner turned this Victorian flat in London into a airy, modern living space.
 
 
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Transform Your Indoor and Outdoor Spaces with Porcelain Tiles

Using continuous materials inside and out will enhance the flow from inside your home to your patio or terrace.
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Case study: Small home office extension

This small but perfectly formed office extension in London has an instant connection with the outdoors.
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