Category - Self Build

How to Reclaim VAT When Building Your Own Home

VAT is not payable on most of the materials and labour which are necessary to build a new home providing that it is going to be for ordinary domestic and private residence purposes. This saving, which of course can be...

How to Build a Shed

Make sure that the shed you intend to erect is centred on the concrete base that has already been constructed, by marking the centre points of the side and end panels and the floor. Lift the end panel and prop it up to...

How to Build a Shed Base

Any shed base must sit on solid ground no matter whether you decide to construct it in-ground, suitable for small sheds, or above ground. In the case of the above ground base where the ground is soft, it will be...

About Shelving

Shelving is available in a variety of shapes, sizes and styles to suit any purpose in any setting. It can be constructed quite easily from many different species of timber or can be purchased already made from DIY and...

About Settlement Cracks in Buildings

Settlement cracks can be caused by a variety of circumstances occurring under or around a building. Vertical cracks, as the name suggests, run up or down a wall following the weaker mortar joints around block or...

About Self Build

A Self Build project must be properly managed from the outset and, if after careful thought, you feel confident you will be able to cope with the amount of time needed, the niggles and frustrations, then do it. It will...

About Self Build Books

There are numerous books available that will give invaluable information to any person who has decided to embark on a self build project. Most can be purchased for little more than an average paperback novel and it...

About Self Build – SAP Energy Ratings

Standard Assessment Procedure forms a part of the requirements for all new buildings under the building regulations and most planning authorities require them to be submitted together with the plans, at the application...

About Self Build – Discounted Materials

One of the first things for the committed self builder to do is to either open an account or apply for a Trade Card with one or more of the building supply companies. It does not matter whether they are a builder’s...

Wicker Furnishings for Home and Garden

Wicker furniture, together with other assorted household accents, became popular in the 1970s. Wicker furniture and accents still remain a part of many homes and gardens because of their decorative appeal and relatively...

Using Antique Furniture as Decoration

People often boast about the expensive prices of their various antique decorations. Sometimes, the structural quality of certain furniture pieces, such as the wood, the joints and overall design, tend to be sacrificed...