February 2022

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Extension and remodel of a bungalow


To create a spacious new home, Chris Gibbs and Sandra Robinson have completely reinvented their formed bungalow. Silicone render, cedar cladding, a new roof and aluminium glazing, coupled with a two-storey extension, have resulted in a sleek and contemporary house with new lawns, fencing and a resin drive.

Energy-efficient oak-framed home


Paul and Moira Bekarma have built a highly energy-efficient oak-framed home in Scotland. Larch cladding, render and brickwork adorn the Oakwrights oak frame of the house, which has dormer windows in the slate roof.

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Mews home built from exposed industrial materials


Sideways House is an innovative mews home built from exposed industrial materials. Situated on a constrained brownfield site in London's East End, it is one of a pair built by architect Marcus Lee, who chose materials like pale grey concrete bricks, steel and douglas fir-faced plywood, in keeping with the industrial theme.

Conversion of a double garage into a fairytale cabin in the woods


The Axelrod family have converted a double garage into a fairytale woodland cabin with stunning rural views and some luxurious touches, including a wood-fired hot tub. The cabin is clad in cedar shingles and weatherboarding with timber windows, all finished in a dramatic black.

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Danny Mac's remodelled bungalow


Actor Danny Mac has remodelled his unassuming three-bedroom childhood bungalow, providing the family retreat. The bungalow has been updated with the addition of a porch, dormers and cladding. Inside, the decor is a blend of modern, farmhouse and industrial styles, with the open-plan living area overlooked by a balcony on the landing.

Interview - Marcus Lee


We chat to Marcus Lee, renowned architect and the director of LEEP – Lee Partnership – the practice he set up in 2014 to work with talented young architects.

Front doors


A great front door provides warmth, security and a positive first impression. We go shopping to see what's on offer.

Smart home technology


A smart home provides everything from lighting and heating to security and audio-visual systems, all at the touch of a button.

Green measures cut energy bills


Built in brick with a tiled roof, a 144 sqm house by the Hampshire coast has been nominated for a Passivhaus Trust Small Projects 2021 award. Owners Dave Dacombe and Julie Botham have combined a deep retrofit with a complete remodel to cut their energy bills to a third. The house meets the EnerPHit standard - the Passivhaus benchmark for renovation.

Advice on insurance and warranties


It may not be as exciting as other elements of a self-build project, but having the right insurance is vital in avoiding serious financial problems should something go wrong. Our guide covers what you need to know.

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