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. On page 76, she ex­plains how cre­at­ing a be­spoke prop­erty can help en­hance your life­style and well­be­ing.

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. This month, she looks at smart home se­cu­rity sys­tems (page 66).

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 ex­plains what you need to know about draw­ing up con­tracts.

MIKE DADE is a plan­ning spe­cial­ist and plot-find­ing ex­pert. He’s the au­thor of sev­eral must-read books on land and plan­ning. This month, he as­sesses a pro­ject with po­ten­tial to ex­tend and com­plete a new build in the gar­den (page 115).


Build It’s de­sign doc­tor. He is a self build ar­chi­tect and the founder of the As­so­ci­a­tion of Self-build Ar­chi­tects. This month, he re­veals how a pro­fes­sional de­signer can help to save you cash (page 86).

ALAN TIER­NEY is a his­toric build­ings con­sul­tant and con­ser­va­tion spe­cial­ist, of­fer­ing hands-on ad­vice to own­ers of her­itage homes. On page 94, he un­veils the dos and don’ts when it comes to re­vamp­ing old floors in pe­riod prop­er­ties. MIKE HARD­WICK is a con­sul­tant and pro­ject man­age­ment spe­cial­ist, and has been heav­ily in­volved in pro­mot­ing self build with NACSBA. Check out his ad­vice on page 91 to avoid those com­mon self build and ren­o­va­tion pit­falls. 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 60). NIGEL GRIF­FITHS is a sus­tain­abil­ity con­sul­tant and au­thor of Haynes’ Eco House Man­ual, and a fount of knowl­edge for heat­ing op­tions. On page 130 he dis­cusses the ad­vice you can tap into at the up­com­ing Build It Live shows.

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