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selfbuilder +homemaker


PUBLISHER Lesley Mayo


MANAGING EDITOR James Parker


ASSISTANT EDITOR Roseanne Field


EDITORIAL ASSISTANT Sue Benson


STUDIO MANAGER Mikey Pooley


PRODUCTION ASSISTANTS Carmen Simpson & Shelley Collyer


SENIOR SALES EXECUTIVE Sheehan Edmonds


DISPLAY SALES Darren Brook


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DIARY ASK AN ARCHITECT


2 DECEMBER, SWINDON NSBRC’s Ask an Architect offers self-builders the chance to attend a session with RIBA chartered architects to discuss matters such as the design of your project and adding value to your home. Speakers on 2 December are Mark Kingsley from Mark Kingsley Architects, Super Green Architecture’s James Bretel and Rumbold- Ayres Landscaper Designers’ Sven Rumbold. www.nsbrc.co.uk/ask-an-architect


PROJECT MANAGEMENT COURSE PLANNING | FINANCE | DESIGN | CONSTRUCTION | PRODUCTS | INTERIORS


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2 DECEMBER, SWINDON The NSBRC’s project management course covers everything first-time self-builders need to know about taking charge on their project – from budgeting and insurance to health and safety and snagging. The one day course costs £150 per person and can be booked via the NSBRC website. www.nsbrc.co.uk/project-management-course


NOV/DEC 2017


Clearly an eco solution


How the Goldmans built their transparent ‘green’ dream home in rural north Devon


Letting the ‘pros’ 6 GREAT PRODUCTS


FOR KITCHENS Food for thought on furnishing options for the heart of your home, from complete kitchens to individual fittings


take the strain A Kent self-builder on the joys of letting go of decision-making


Managing your risks


A look at the project risks you might not expect


Cover image courtesy of NIBE. See page 18


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EDITOR’S LETTER A


recent report by a PVC windows manufacturer, the Epwin Group, asked architects what they thought will be the biggest factors affecting house design over the next decade. The second most


significant factor cited by those surveyed (at 60 per cent) was the UK’s ageing population. While it might be a daunting prospect for our public services, it’s actually


a symptom of a healthier and better cared-for population that a fifth of the population are forecast to be 65 or over by 2025. The really startling stat is that this is likely to rise to represent a quarter of the population by 2045.


This means that the focus of many self- and custom-builds will increasingly be on the ongoing


needs of older homeowners in future. This is especially true given that the generation currently nearing retirement are the ones most likely to have the resources to invest in such projects. As the subjects of our case study in this issue demonstrate, creating a home with the flexibility to


adapt as you get older, for example with a downstairs accessible bathroom, is going to be commonplace, if it isn’t already. In this context, The Self Build on a Shoestring competition being focused around innovative and


supportive design for ‘granny annexes’ was timely. The winner, which you can read about on the facing page, was an interesting low-cost design for a communal custom-build. If you pardon the pun, such ‘gran designs’ – combining individual, characterful homes which are far from traditional retirement units – are where we need to be placing a lot of effort in coming decades. This sort of thinking is what’s needed make good quality long-term homes for the UK a reality.


TOP DRAWER S/S


14 - 16 JANUARY, LONDON Top Drawer is one of the UK’s leading design- led events. The show features a Home section, divided into Interior Accessories, Kitchen & Dining, Furniture & Lighting and Outdoor Living, presenting products from internationally known brands to small start-up companies and “everything in between”. www.topdrawer.co.uk


THE NATIONAL SELF BUILD & RENOVATION SHOW


26 - 28 JANUARY, SWINDON The National Self Build & Renovation Show features over 67,000 ft2


of exhibition space,


over 200 exhibitors, live demonstrations, seminars and the chance to meet with self- build experts, architects, designers and other self-builders.


www.nsbrc.co.uk/the-national-self-build-and- renovation-show


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