The rental remedy

The surge in the Buy to Rent (BTR) sector, in the context of rising numbers of unsold housing stock, offers new opportunities to not only investors, but the supply chain too. Louise Walters, commercial director at flooring contractor Designer Contracts, explains... View Article

The Funding Issues faced by Local Authorities

LISTEN HERE Mark Edgerley of Boyer comments on the impact of the proposed Infrastructure Levy The news in September 2023 that Birmingham City Council (‘Europe’s largest local authority’) had been forced to issue a Section 114 notice sent out a... View Article

Landlord Latest: Salix Homes

LISTEN HERE Salix Homes is a housing association based in Salford, Greater Manchester, providing social and affordable homes and housing services Salix Homes own and manage over 8,000 homes, which comprises a real mix of properties including tower blocks and... View Article

The Industry Advocate: Looking into 2024

LISTEN HERE Brian Berry, CEO of the Federation of Master Builders (FMB), looks at some of the major issues the industry is already confronting and tackling in 2024. As we start to move through 2024, we can already start to... View Article

Ask the Architect: Greg Blee

LISTEN HERE Greg Blee, founder of Blee Halligan, tells ADF how he found himself working in architecture almost by accident, and why he now focuses on creating projects overseas which blend into their landscapes What made you want to become... View Article

The Window View: A look at safety issues

Victoria Brocklesby of Origin discusses what features to look for in your doors and windows in order to achieve the critical security you need for your home When undertaking a self-build project, it can be tempting to overlook home security... View Article

Selfbuilder Diaries

After overcoming a rocky start, Kerri and her family are now making headway with a self-build in the Suffolk village they’ve lived in for years. She says the excitement and enthusiasm is building as their new home starts to take... View Article

Home Styling: Bathing in texture

LISTEN HERE Jorge Hernandez of Bathroom Brands Group explores how applying texture can make it transformative in modern bathroom design. From fluted accents to intricate tiles, discover how tactile and visual approaches can elevate your space Whether you want your... View Article

Ask the Expert: Floored by choice?

LISTEN HERE To assist self-builders exploring the myriad structural timber flooring options out there, Scott Wolters of EGGER UK provides a brief overview of the choices and solutions I’M LOOKING FOR A SUSTAINABLE SOLUTION, WHAT’S BEST? Given the ongoing climate... View Article

Interior Inspiration: Home Offices

LISTEN HERE Whether it’s a dedicated room or an office nook for occasional home working, striking your balance between comfort and professionalism in a home office can be challenging. Here, we’ve gathered an elegant selection of items to help you... View Article

View Point: Shikha Bhardwaj from Hawkins/Brown

Shikha Bhardwaj from Hawkins/Brown says understanding whole life carbon is no longer a choice; it’s essential knowledge for architects on every project. She explains the standards which are emerging to embed carbon measurement into the industry We are all familiar... View Article

Practice Profile: T2S Architecture

LISTEN HERE Born in the pandemic, T2S Architecture embodies adaptability, cultural diversity, and a distinctive design ethos. Tom Boddy speaks to the founder about the pillars of the practice’s approach, in the context of the industry’s evolving challenges Founded in... View Article

Exploring solutions for stormwater management

ATTENDEES: Sue Illman, Illman Young  Chris Carr, FMB national president Steve Wilson, Environmental Protection Group Matt Clutton, Cameron Homes Martin Shaw, Meadfleet Ruth Clarke, Innovyze (sponsors) Jamie Gledhill, Brett Landscaping (sponsors) Charlotte Markey, Polypipe Civils and Green Urbanisation (sponsors) Our... View Article

Is the blue fading?

Patrick Mooney, housing consultant and news editor of Housing, Management & Maintenance magazine asks – could home ownership, one of the traditional strengths of Conservatives, be turning into a weakness? In a sign of the times, the Conservative party is... View Article

Facing up to mould & damp

LISTEN HERE Wendy Thomas at Nuaire discusses the changes to regulations that social housing providers need to be aware of when addressing mould and damp and looks at different retrofit solutions available for compliance Condensation and dampness in older homes... View Article

Electric solutions are paving the way

Callum Whittall, technical and compliance lead at Green Lighting discusses how new regulations are changing the face of the housebuilding industry, and some of the electrical solutions developers should be considering. The recent implementation of Part L and the forthcoming... View Article

Counting the cost of 2023

Brian Berry, CEO of the Federation of Master Builders (FMB), assesses the damage after what’s been a turbulent year for housebuilders, and what the new year might bring. Unfortunately for housebuilders big and small, housing output has been in a... View Article

Open to alternatives to open-plan living

LISTEN HERE Ben Brocklesby of Origin offers his advice to self-builders looking to create more functional floor plans, which move away from open-plan to ‘broken-plan’  The way we use our homes has changed significantly in the past three years. The... View Article

The golden path to safety

LISTEN HERE Dean Asher from Polypipe Building Products offers some pointers for industry on how best to ensure it is complying with the Building Safety Act’s requirements, particularly the golden thread’s new responsibilities for design, build and maintenance Many in... View Article

Modular methods of construction

LISTEN HERE Is modular construction the missing jigsaw piece needed to solve the UK’s housing crisis? HKR Architects’ Ayna Azhigali says it is, and that aesthetics need not be an issue We are all acutely aware of the housing crisis... View Article