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This show is on Saturday 8 to Sunday 9 September, at Westpoint, Exeter, UK. Various seminars are lined up with eco green build experts: Saturday 8th 11.30am Ross Stokes SelfBuild & Design Magazine A beginner’s guide to self build Simple introduction from someone who has built and renovated properties, and is also a journalist. 12.30pm […]

New Government self-build scheme to help people building houses. This was announced by Grant Shapps the Housing Minister on 7 July 2012. Kevin McCloud is involved. The idea is to release Government land so people can build houses on it. To build a home is admirable but a large project for a young first-time buyers, […]

There is a new ‘web portal’ for all things self-build. This is created by The National Self Build Association (NaSBA). It is independent of Government and has Kevin McCloud on the front. Bit short on actual advice. In Technical Documents, there is one pdf on Health and Safety in the Workplace. Information is general, as […]

The annual Grand Designs show, fronted by Kevin McCloud, is on again, in Birmingham NEC, very easy to get to for most people in the UK unlike London. Kevin is doing book signings so check that out on the website. I am interested in what happened to the Swindon eco estate, I think it has […]

The National Home Improvement Show is at Earls Court 1, Warwick Rd, London, SW5 9TA. Friday 30 September – Sunday 2 October 2011 Friday 30 September 10:00 – 17.00 Saturday 1 October 10:00 – 17.00 Sunday 2 October 10:00 – 17.00 Ticketas are 8 UKP or 12 UKP on the door, see this link: Tickets […]

There is a plan afoot to convert Riley’s snooker hall (once Jesters) on the corner of Wimbledon Park Road and Pirbright Road, Southfields London SW18, into a cinema. Which it was originally. Having been inside, it is a great building, proper full height ceiling and wasted as a snooker hall. Unless the vast space was […]

We visited the Serpentine last year – the Pavilion design is an annual challenge for architects and designers. The Frank Gehry design was fantastic, very open and stimulating, possibly as it is like a traditional park bandstand but exploded out. Our friends the great London band Nought played there on the opening night. See also: […]

We had a visit to this fine castle in Kent, England. We have many images, please have a look at our image gallery for this building. There are also image folders for exteriors and interiors as well as the actual building. Leeds Castle – stone building – Kent UK > See also our page on […]

We visited the Grand Design 2009 exhibition at Excel London, it was very good. We have images from it at our new large image photo section in our main website at BuildingDIY photo image library In four sections: Build Gardens Kitchens and Bathrooms Interiors Build was the least busy which indicates the ‘wannabe’ nature of […]


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