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A beginner's guide to planning permission

Many people about to embark on an extension, renovation or home improvement project are left wondering whether or not they will need to apply for planning permission. If that’s you then please read on as we answer the main questions on this tricky subject.

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A guide to permitted development rules: What you need to know

Permitted development rules and regulations give homeowners the right to build extensions and make certain changes to their homes without the need to go through the planning permission process. In this guide, we explore the rules that apply in England.

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A homeowner’s guide to creating an energy efficient home

With the increase in awareness about the impacts of climate change, more homeowners are exploring ways to improve the energy efficiency of their home, but where do you start?

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Building during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

You may be considering whether to start or continue with building works at this time. Read our guide for homeowners on the key points to consider.

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Building regulations: What you need to know

Whether you are having a new extension built, self-building a house, or renovating a property, you need to ensure building work meets current building regulations.

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Garage conversions: The ultimate guide

Converting your garage into a habitable room or rooms may be one of the simplest ways to extend your home and increase the value of your property without increasing its footprint.

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House extensions: The ultimate guide

House extensions can really help to enhance your existing home, adding extra space to expand and improve your home. Our complete guide takes you through the steps you need to consider to get your project off to the best possible start.

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How to choose a builder

Whether you are building a new home from scratch, carrying out renovation work or having a new extension built, you are going to need to find a builder to carry out the work. But just where do you find the best builders for your project?

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Loft conversions: The ultimate guide

Loft conversions are an ideal way to add space to your house without extending its footprint. Our complete guide walks you through everything from design to costs.

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Party wall agreements: What you need to know

The Party Wall Act 1996 applies to houses in England and Wales and was devised to prevent building work that could compromise the structural integrity of any shared wall (party wall) or adjoining properties.

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Planning a bathroom: The ultimate guide to renovation and installation

Whether you're thinking about planning a bathroom or kicking off the renovation, our complete guide is full of useful tips and advice to achieve your dream bathroom.

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Planning a kitchen: The ultimate guide to renovation and installation

Our complete guide takes you through every step of the process from how to develop a kitchen plan to finding a reputable builder and sticking to your budget - not to mention some great ideas to inspire you along the way.

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Self-build: The ultimate guide to building a house

Start your self-build or custom-build journey as we detail the steps you need to take to get your new home build under way.

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Why choose a Master Builder?

Our strict membership criteria, unique vetting and inspection process gives homeowners confidence when looking for a quality, professional builder.

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Working with your builder

A successful building project relies on a good working partnership and open communication between you and your builder.

Check out our homeowner blog

Seek inspiration from our member case studies and find more great advice in the articles below.

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Open plan kitchen living room ideas for 2024

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2024 bathroom design trends

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