Build It - - EDITOR’S LETTER -

EMILY SMITH is Build It’s deputy editor. She has an in-depth un­der­stand­ing of the chal­lenges self builders and ren­o­va­tors face. She’s picked out a di­verse range of in­spir­ing real-life projects in this month’s read­ers’ homes sec­tion (page 19).

CHARLEY WARD is Build It’s ed­i­to­rial as­sis­tant, and new­est re­cruit. She has a pas­sion for ar­chi­tec­ture and loves vis­it­ing read­ers’ real-life projects to hear their self build sto­ries. Over on page 68, she re­veals the lat­est wow fac­tor stoves and fires.

TIM DO­HERTY was the found­ing MD of the NSBRC and runs Dobanti prop­erty sur­vey­ors. He ad­vises on a range of project is­sues, in­clud­ing fi­nance. On page 99 he in­ves­ti­gates whether your project might need piled foun­da­tions.

MIKE DADE is a plan­ning spe­cial­ist and plot-find­ing ex­pert. He’s the author of sev­eral must-read books on land and plan­ning. On page 107 he takes a closer look at how to over­come the com­mon plan­ning con­sid­er­a­tion of over­look­ing.


Build It’s de­sign doc­tor. He is a self build ar­chi­tect and the founder of the As­so­ci­a­tion of Self-build Ar­chi­tects. This month he’s un­veil­ing the key de­sign con­sid­er­a­tions for your bath­rooms (page 90).

ALAN TIER­NEY is a his­toric build­ings con­sul­tant and con­ser­va­tion spe­cial­ist, of­fer­ing hands-on ad­vice to own­ers of her­itage homes. On page 85 he dis­cusses how to add value to a pe­riod prop­erty and what el­e­ments to make the most of.

MIKE HARD­WICK is a con­sul­tant and project man­age­ment spe­cial­ist, and has been heav­ily in­volved in pro­mot­ing self build with NACSBA. Turn to page 102 to learn whether de­mol­ish and re­build could be your best route to a plot.

OPIN­DER LID­DAR is di­rec­tor of award-win­ning prac­tice Lapd Ar­chi­tects and a reg­u­lar ex­pert at the Build It Live shows. He’s a reg­u­lar ex­pert at the Build It Live shows and is the de­signer be­hind the Build It Ed­u­ca­tion House (page 62).

NIGEL GRIF­FITHS is a sus­tain­abil­ity con­sul­tant and author of Haynes’ Eco House Man­ual, and a fount of knowl­edge for heat­ing op­tions. On page 73 he looks at how you can make the most of a so­lar hot water sys­tem to save on bills.

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