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Self build and renovation is a way of life for the team behind Homebuilding & Renovating. Editor, Claire Lloyd, is currently renovating her property — work has included re-cladding the entire roof in new slates and repointing brickwork.
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Homebuilding & Renovating is the UK’s number-one brand for self builders and extenders — and the essential go-to resource for anyone who wants to build or improve their own home.
Whether in print, online or live, with Homebuilding & Renovating you can find all the expert advice, product knowledge and design inspiration you need to create the home you want.
Homebuilding & Renovating’s History
Independent Expert Advice
“We are produced by enthusiasts for enthusiasts”
Jason Orme, managing director and former editor (2004-2016)
In the summer of 1990, a new magazine entitled Individual Homes landed on the newsstand. Brought into fruition by founding editor Peter Harris, the magazine’s aim was simple: to educate and inspire those hoping to create a one-off home — whether that involved building a new home, renovating a house, extending an existing property, or converting a redundant building into a dwelling.
By autumn 1997, the quarterly title had become a monthly magazine, had a new editor, Michael Holmes, and a new name: Homebuilding & Renovating. By this time the brand also had a fledgling website, homebuilding.co.uk,
What has remained constant over the last three decades is the pioneering spirit of the self builder and renovator — a willingness to push the boundaries and to tread the often challenging but rewarding path to creating an individual home.
The brand has grown into so much more than a website and magazine over the last three decades, too. Our eight UK Shows, our plotfinding service (Plotfinder.net) and more recently, video and social media channels, mean we’re now on hand 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, should you need us.
So, whether you’re undertaking a quick DIY task around the home or are taking on a life-changing project such as building or extending a home, we’re here to help with independent expert advice, design ideas and much more.
Meet the Homebuilding Editorial Team
For the team behind the brand, the topic has become much more than a job — it’s a way of our life. Many of our writers and editors are in the midst of projects — and some have taken on multiple projects (former editor Micheal Holmes has no few than 30 projects under his belt).
We’re also supported by a team of guest experts who spend their days on building sites or advising homeowners on their dream homes. From planning experts and architects, builders to plumbers, we’ve got every area of self build and home improvement covered.
Claire became Editor of Homebuilding & Renovating in 2016 and has been a member of the team for 14 years. An experienced homes journalist, her work has also appeared in other titles such as Real Homes and Period Living.
She has a particular interest in green homes, and interior design is a passion too; she has undertaken qualifications in this area.
After finishing a major renovation of a period cottage, she is now onto her next project: overhauling a 1930s property in the Shropshire countryside.
Natasha is Homebuilding & Renovating’s Associate Editor and has been a member of the team for over two decades. An experienced journalist and renovation expert, she has written for a number of homes titles.
She has renovated a terrace and is at the end of the DIY renovation and extension of her Edwardian cottage. She is now looking for her next project.
Michelle is Homebuilding & Renovating’s Deputy Editor. With an editorial career spanning more than 18 years, Michelle spent time working on educational magazines and websites until her career took an exciting turn into the world of homes and interiors. Working on sister titles Real Homes and Period Living, she then joined the Homebuilding team in November 2018.
She’s just completed her second kitchen renovation project, armed with an ever-growing knowledge of homebuilding advice and design inspo (and a Pinterest board or two, of course). She’s about to embark on another bathroom refurb project.
Assistant Editor Amy began working for Homebuilding & Renovating in 2018. She has an interest in sustainable building methods and always has her eye on the latest design ideas. Amy has interviewed countless self builders, renovators and extenders about their experiences for Homebuilding & Renovating magazine.
She is currently renovating a mid-century home, together with her partner, on a DIY basis, and has recently fitted her own kitchen.
The former Editor of Homebuilding & Renovating magazine, Jason is an experienced self builder and has recently finished renovating his 1960s home. Jason is now Managing Director of Future PLC’s Homes’ portfolio, which includes UK-leading titles such as Ideal Homes, Livingetc and Homes & Gardens. He is also the author of The Self Build Dream.
You can catch Jason in the seminar theatres and Advice Centre at many of the Homebuilding & Renovating Shows across the UK.
Michael is Homebuilding & Renovating’s Director of Content, and Vice Chair of the National Custom and Self Build Association (NaCSBA), presenter of multiple property TV shows and author of Renovating for Profit (Ebury).
He is one of the country’s leading property experts and has undertaken over 30 building projects including two self-builds and the renovation of a Grade-II listed farmhouse.
Michael is also a regular expert in the seminar theatres and Advice Centre at the Homebuilding & Renovating Show.
Jack is News Editor for Homebuilding & Renovating, and strives to break the most relevant and beneficial stories for self builders, extenders and renovators, including the latest news on the construction materials shortage and planning reforms. Having bought his first home in 2013, he and his wife have renovated almost every room and recently finished a garden renovation.
Meet our Guest Experts and Editors
In-depth, independent expert advice is at the core of what we do at Homebuilding & Renovating. As such, we call on a team of guest experts and editors – many of whom have been writing for the brand for a number of decades – to write and edit key content in their area of expertise.
This team of dedicated experts includes builders, architects, surveyors, planning consultants, tradespeople, energy efficiency consultants and many more professionals besides…
The author of Building Your Own Home, David is a serial self builder and has been building homes for 50 years. He is one of the UK’s leading self build experts and has written for Homebuilding & Renovating for nearly three decades.
He is also a plotfinding expert and has sourced building plots for countless budding self builders up and down the UK. He has self built 14 homes.
Rebecca began her journalism career writing for a luxury property magazine in Bangkok, before re-locating to London and becoming a features editor for a self build magazine. She is an experienced homes and interiors journalist and has written for many homes titles including Homebuilding & Renovating, Ideal Home and Period Living.
She has expertise on a wealth of topics — from oak frame homes to kitchen extensions. She has a passion for Victorian architecture; her dream is to extend an 1800s house.
Chartered surveyor Ian Rock MRICS is a director is Rightsurvey.co.uk and the author of eight popular Haynes House Manuals, including the Home Extension Manual, the Self Build Manual and Period Property Manual.
Ian is also the founder of Zennor Consultants. In addition to providing house surveys, Zennor Consultants provide professional guidance on property refurbishment and maintenance as well as advising on the design and construction of home extensions and loft conversions, including planning and Building Regulations compliance.
Ian has recently added a 100m2 extension to his home; he designed and project managed the build and completed much of the interior fit-out on a DIY basis.
Allan is a RIBA chartered architect and has overseen the design of over 350 low energy homes across the UK. He is one of the UK’s leading experts on modern methods of construction including SIPs (structural insulated panels), is part of the Structural Timber Association, Passive House Trust and a member of the self build industry body, NaCSBA. He regularly contributes to Homebuilding & Renovating magazine and is a speaker and self build expert at the Homebuilding & Renovating Shows.
Since 2009, Allan has grown his custom and self build architectural practice, AC Architects, to a team of 16, and recently created AC Structures, a leading engineering business for self build projects.
Nimi is director and co founder of nimtim architects in 2014. Nimi is a qualified architect who has worked for some of London’s most highly-regarded practices and is a member of the Design South East Panel. She also designed some London’s most exciting new domestic extension schemes.
She is also a qualified garden and landscape designer and leads nimtim landscapes.
Andy Stevens is a multiple award-winning builder who manages Surrey-based building company Eclipse Property Solutions; he specialises in new builds, extensions and loft conversions.
While he is still on the tools, he is also widely involved in the construction industry. He presents a show on Fix Radio and hosts his own building podcast Build:It, as well as being a speaker at the Homebuilding & Renovating Shows.
Andy has sat on the Board of the Federation of Master Builders (London region) and was previously Vice President. He also works with construction charities and is a strong advocate for mental health in the industry.
Architect Paul is the director of Paul Testa Architecture and a specialist in low-energy design. His practise are well-versed in designing sustainable, energy-efficient new builds and extension schemes. He has also just completed an eco retrofit to his family home.
He taught the technology course for the MArch in Architecture at Sheffield University, and is a tutor for the Sustainable Architectural Studies Masters course.
Lindsey made her first foray into writing about homes a decade ago when she joined the Homebuilding & Renovating team as Web Editor. While her first love is great architectural design, she has a passion for helping people find the best products for their homes — and she is now Editor in Chief for Homes Ecommerce across Future Publishing’s homes titles.
She has renovated her terraced home, converting the loft and undertaking a number of tasks on a DIY basis.
Sarah is the former Web Editor of homebuilding. co.uk. She began her career more than a decade ago, working for a trade building magazine, before joining the wider Homebuilding & Renovating team as Social Media Editor in 2012.
Since purchasing her first house in 2015, Sarah has been adding to the ever-increasing list of home improvements she needs to make. She has just undertaken a kitchen renovation; she now plans to extend above her garden. Fortunately, in her decade on Team Homebuilding, she is not short on design inspiration or top tips to tackle or project manage these tasks herself.
Hugh was previously Digital Editor of homebuilding.co.uk, before moving to sister title Livingetc.com. He has worked on a range of home, design and property magazines, including Grand Designs.
Hugh has developed a passion for modern architecture and green homes, and moonlights as an interior designer, having designed and managed projects ranging from single rooms to whole house renovations and large extensions.
He’s currently renovating a Victorian terrace in Essex, DIYing as much of the work as possible. His current project is a kitchen renovation which involves knocking through walls and landscaping a courtyard garden.
Property developer Mike is an expert in timber frame construction and offers advice on the build process as well as the cost elements of building with timber.
Paul is a building control officer and has written eight books on home improvements and building homes.
Tara is a Passivhaus designer and co-founder of architectural practice Gbolade Design Studio and won the RIBA Rising Star Award in 2018.
Ken, a former planning officer, is a planning consultant and owner of Dijksman Planning LLP. He is also the author of The Planning Game.
Mark Stevenson has worked as a construction professional for almost 30 years and following an extensive career in housebuilding became Managing Director of Potton where he now helps self builders build their own homes.
Whilst Mark describes himself as a ‘professional builder’ as a result of his career in housebuilding and timber systems manufacturing, he has specialist knowledge of timber construction and extensive expertise in finding land and appraising building plots.
He regularly shares his knowledge at Homebuilding & Renovating Shows and in Potton’s Self Build Academy where he leads the finding land and how to build seminar programme.
Aside from Mark’s professional career, his skills also extend to practical building knowledge as a skilled joiner, hands-on renovator and serial self-builder of his own development projects.
Steve is an avid DIYer with over 20 years of experience in transforming and renovating homes. He specialises in painting and decorating, but has strong all-round building skills, having previously worked in the industry for 10 years.
Tim is an expert in sustainable building methods and energy efficiency in residential homes.
Mark is the author of the ever-popular Housebuilder’s Bible and an experienced builder. He’s just finished his latest self build.
Architect Neil Turner is director at Howarth Litchfield Partnership and specialises in residential design.
Charlie is an experienced architectural designer and TV broadcaster. He has just completed his latest self build project.
Pete is an award-winning architectural designer. He began his career as an architectural technician with self build specialist Potton in 1984. He went on to set up his own practice, PJT Design Ltd, in 2003 and has been designing self build homes and extension schemes for over three decades. He is also a specialist in designing oak frame homes.
In 2015, Pete co-founded PJT Custom Build Ltd, a bespoke project management company, which delivers custom-built homes from conception to completion.
He has recently completed his own contemporary self build project.
David is a renewables and ventilation installer, with over 35 years experience, and is a long-standing contributor to Homebuilding and Renovating magazine. He is a member of the Gas Safe Register, has a Masters degree in Sustainable Architecture, and is an authority in sustainable building and energy efficiency, with extensive knowledge in building fabrics, heat recovery ventilation, renewables, and also conventional heating systems. He is also a speaker at the Homebuilding & Renovating Show.
Passionate about healthy, efficient homes, he is director of Heat and Energy Ltd. He works with architects, builders, self builders and renovators, and designs and project manages the installation of ventilation and heating systems to achieve the most energy efficient and cost effective outcome for every home.
Bob is one of the UK’s leading Chartered Surveyors and with over 30-years’ experience in both self build and construction. A career spent with several main contractors and major surveying consultancies has helped reinforce his approach that cost-estimating and control are a fundamental tenet of self-building.
Sally Tagg, MRTPI
Sally is a chartered town planner and an expert in all things planning permission. She has significant expertise, specialist knowledge and substantial experience when providing professional advice for self builders and custom builders seeking to build their own home and those who wish to refurbish and extend their properties.
She is Managing Director of Foxley Tagg Planning Ltd (which she formed in 2000), Executive Committee Member – National Custom & Self Build Association (NaCSBA) and a Board Member of the Right to Build Taskforce. Sally and her team are a regular presence in The Planning Clinic at the Homebuilding & Renovating Show.
Bruce is a third generation builder with over 30 years’ experience. He has recently completed his latest self build.
Chris is dual qualified as a chartered builder and solicitor, having enjoyed an earlier career in the construction industry (as a carpenter and then site management) prior to qualification in 2001. He is a founder of Reeves James and Mediation for Construction and Insurance, and specialises in dispute resolution, with particular expertise in supporting individuals on self build and renovation projects. Chris has a wealth of experience in supporting projects with resolution of issues around valuation of work done and defects in building work.
Chris is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and adjudicator panel member of the RIBA and RICS, as well as a member of the Technology and Construction Solicitors’ Association.
David is a chartered RIBA architect, a RIBA Conservation Registrant and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. A director of David Nossiter Architects with expertise in residential architecture, David received acclaim for the conversion of a vast dilapidated listed barn into a contemporary dwelling.
He is also a member of the London Borough of Merton’s Design Review Panel, a multi-disciplinary team of independent professionals which advises on design quality within the built environment. David teaches at the University of Brighton and the RIBA Studio post-graduate architecture Masters Degree programmes.
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– with a new ideology and modern technologies quite predictable impact on the real estate market in Russia, including the low-rise housing market.
Back in the spring of 2020, solvent residents of large cities who have the opportunity to work remotely began to think about isolating themselves for a while in places where, by definition, there are no large crowds of people. And the choice was made in favor of a temporary trip out of town. In the Moscow region, this led to an increase in the market for sales and rentals of country houses and cottages, which has not pleased with bright positive dynamics since 2008. And then suddenly it turns out that the number of transactions, according to various estimates, increased by 20-30%.
So far, there has not been a comparable jump in terms of such an indicator as the volume of individual and low-rise housing construction. In almost all regions, low-rise construction developed in the same rhythm as the construction of apartment buildings. Nevertheless, according to Rosstat’s analytics, the low-rise segment did a little better than housing construction in general. Citizens built 289.2 thousand residential buildings with a total area of 38.7 million square meters. meters (+0.5% compared to 2019) The target indicator of the national project “Housing and the urban environment” for 2020, which for the “low-rise building” was 36 million square meters, was also exceeded. meters. All housing construction sank by 1.8% – to 80.6 million square meters. meters.
The situation in this area has recently been the subject of serious analysis. Our attention was attracted by the discussion on the topic “Low-rise and individual housing construction: Prospects. Cases. Programs for the near future”. It was organized by the Russian Guild of Managers and Developers (RGUD) and DOM.RF JSC.
Low-rise construction as a response to migration processes
Public opinion polls show that 2/3 of Russians would prefer to live in their own country house. The statistics for the Irkutsk region and a number of other regions, cited during the discussion, prove that many Russians are already putting their desires into practice. Moreover, low-rise construction is precisely the most adequate response to the migration processes that are developing throughout the country.
According to the data provided by the commercial director of the development group “Crystal Development” Kristina Yakovenko, with a population of 2. 37 million people in the Irkutsk region, intra-regional migration in the region reaches 40 thousand people a year. People are moving closer to Irkutsk, where there are employment opportunities and better infrastructure. As a result, 32% of the region’s inhabitants live in Irkutsk and the adjoining Irkutsk region. At the same time, over the past 10 years, the population growth in the Irkutsk region amounted to 61%, in Irkutsk – only 6%. The largest volume of construction in the Irkutsk region falls on the share of individual housing construction.
The experience of the Irkutsk region is by no means unique. According to Rosstat, according to the results of 11 months of 2020, in the Lipetsk region, the share of individual housing construction in the total volume of housing construction is estimated at 89.5%, in the Belgorod region – 84.1%, in the Ulyanovsk region – 75.2%, in the Samara region – 72 .7%, in Bashkortostan – 66.5%, in the Stavropol Territory – 59.1%. Fifteen regions of the country, including the Moscow region, have overcome the threshold of 50%.
During the discussion, foreign experience was presented by the director of the department for work with developers of the large international real estate agency “Savills” Alexandra Sinilova. She spoke about four projects that are currently being implemented. These are Playa Vista (USA), Santa Luz (USA), Milton Keynes (UK) and Dickens Heath (UK). Based on her message, eight current trends in the development of low-rise construction that exist in the world can be identified.
First, all successful low-rise development projects are implemented in accordance with standards. They define the rules of the game for developers, from which it is not customary to deviate. Those standards that have been developed taking into account the Russian specifics by KB Strelka in collaboration with JSC DOM. RF”, are quite consistent with the world-famous concept of new urbanism. An example of such a project is Playa Vista. The global thought leader in low-rise building standards is the Urban Land Institute, a non-profit organization headquartered in Washington DC, London and Hong Kong.
In the Playa Vista project, the second trend is very clearly manifested, which is that the core of any such project is … apartment buildings. Practice shows that a large cottage settlement in its purest form cannot be pulled by any developer. In accordance with the standards, the height of the houses is limited to 3-5 floors. This is a kind of compromise that allows the developer to make money without violating the standards and social comfort of residents.
The third very important trend follows from the second one. Already at the very beginning of the implementation of a major project, developers rely on a variety of formats. It can be both apartments and block buildings, and the so-called “detached houses”, which are detached cottages. In some cases, construction is carried out by up to 13-14 different developers, as was done during the implementation of the Santa Luz project. All of them implement a certain unified architectural concept, and the resulting variety of forms adds consumer appeal to the project and allows you to focus on different social categories. As a result, the natural social environment of a modern city is recreated, where there are both rich and completely unsecured people who get the opportunity to find permanent work in the service sector close to home.
The fourth trend that I would like to note is related to the support of large projects by the state. In the UK, this is called “English partnership” (“English partnership”). The state provides support in terms of the construction of infrastructure facilities, provides projects with preferential loans, and creates a preferential regime for recipients of mortgage loans. At a certain stage, for large companies, which, as it turns out, are not at all averse to placing their headquarters in low-rise suburbs, a preferential tax regime is introduced. As a result, suburbia is becoming a new center of development, gaining a reputation for being attractive and convenient for living, and becoming a new center of economic development – young people come here to study, buyers from the big city buy goods here during sales. One fine day, it turns out that wages in the new suburb are much higher. For example, in Milton Keynes, the average wages in all categories are £5,000 higher than in London. However, in this case, such a suburb gradually ceases to be low-rise.
The fifth important trend is related to the increased attention of developers to the creation of social infrastructure facilities in new low-rise settlements. The whole design concept is based on the fact that all the necessary services – shops, restaurants, entertainment centers, sports facilities, places of study, service centers – should be located no further than 400 meters (that is, 5 minutes walk) from each house.
The sixth trend, which has not yet been implemented in Russia, is related to the fact that developers pay attention to landscaping at the very beginning of a project. The innovation is that this creates the illusion that the project has existed for 50-60 years. One of the techniques by which this can be achieved is the formation of an environment around perennial and even centuries-old trees. This is very clearly seen in the example of the Californian project “Playa Vista”. As a result, arriving in a new village, people immediately feel themselves in an already formed, understandable and predictable environment.
The seventh trend is that developers are trying to provide residents of low-rise villages with privacy. The design is carried out in such a way that there is no feeling of overcrowding. The rows of facades of houses create the appearance of the streets, but at the same time, all the private life of their inhabitants is hidden from prying eyes in the courtyards and adjoining areas.
And, finally, the eighth trend of low-rise development is that many new settlements are designed and built with an emphasis on using the most modern technical achievements. This applies to building materials, water supply, communications, and digital technologies. They become experimental platforms for testing future technologies in modern conditions. A good example of such a project is Dickens Heath.
In fact, it seems that the authorities in Russia understand very well what needs to be done to stimulate the development of low-rise construction. The past event helped to understand what new proposals for improving the state policy are generated by business. The banking community, for example, points out that the increase in low-rise construction should be preceded by measures to develop a liquid low-rise real estate market. The developers themselves are convinced that it is necessary to pay attention to the training of developers and the development of consulting services. Low-rise development in Russia is a risky business. In practice 9out of 10 projects are unsuccessful – they are either closed or transferred to other companies. Therefore, before starting your own business, you must first learn from the mistakes of others.
According to Kristina Yakovenko, for the sphere of individual and low-rise housing construction, it is necessary to develop special legislative acts and normative and technical documents. The problem is that low-rise projects have recently been subject to examination, which considers quadrohouses and townhouses as apartment buildings. It turns out, for example, that in a two-story building for four families it is necessary to design an entrance, an elevator and an additional security zone with smoke removal and air overpressure for the evacuation of disabled people. All this leads to an increase in the cost of housing by about 40%. Although it is obvious to everyone that in the event of a fire, it is better to evacuate a disabled person from the balcony of the second floor.
A little about future plans
In general, the situation for low-rise construction is quite favorable so far. In 2021, 2022 and 2023, when incentive measures of the state will be developed and implemented, it is planned to put into operation 36, 37 and 38 million square meters, respectively. meters. A fairly sharp jump is expected to be made in 2024 – 44 million square meters.