About Homebuilding & Renovating

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Self build and renovation is a way of life for the team behind Homebuilding & Renovating. Editor, Claire Lloyd, is currently renovating her property — work has included re-cladding the entire roof in new slates and repointing brickwork. (Image credit: Future)

Homebuilding & Renovating is the UK's number-one brand for self builders and extenders — and the essential go-to resource for anyone who wants to build or improve their own home. 

Whether in print, online or live, with Homebuilding & Renovating you can find all the expert advice, product knowledge and design inspiration you need to create the home you want.

Homebuilding & Renovating's History

Independent Expert Advice

“We are produced by enthusiasts for enthusiasts”

Jason Orme, managing director and former editor (2004-2016)

In the summer of 1990, a new magazine entitled Individual Homes landed on the newsstand. Brought into fruition by founding editor Peter Harris, the magazine’s aim was simple: to educate and inspire those hoping to create a one-off home — whether that involved building a new home, renovating a house, extending an existing property, or converting a redundant building into a dwelling.

By autumn 1997, the quarterly title had become a monthly magazine, had a new editor, Michael Holmes, and a new name: Homebuilding & Renovating. By this time the brand also had a fledgling website, homebuilding.co.uk, 

What has remained constant over the last three decades is the pioneering spirit of the self builder and renovator — a willingness to push the boundaries and to tread the often challenging but rewarding path to creating an individual home.

The brand has grown into so much more than a website and magazine over the last three decades, too. Our eight UK Shows, our plotfinding service (Plotfinder.net) and more recently, video and social media channels, mean we’re now on hand 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, should you need us.

So, whether you're undertaking a quick DIY task around the home or are taking on a life-changing project such as building or extending a home, we're here to help with independent expert advice, design ideas and much more.

Meet the Homebuilding Editorial Team

For the team behind the brand, the topic has become much more than a job — it's a way of our life. Many of our writers and editors are in the midst of projects — and some have taken on multiple projects (former editor Micheal Holmes has no few than 30 projects under his belt). 

We're also supported by a team of guest experts who spend their days on building sites or advising homeowners on their dream homes. From planning experts and architects, builders to plumbers, we've got every area of self build and home improvement covered.


Claire Lloyd

Claire became Editor of Homebuilding & Renovating in 2016 and has been a member of the team for 14 years. An experienced homes journalist, her work has also appeared in other titles such as Real Homes and Period Living.

She has a particular interest in green homes, and interior design is a passion too; she has undertaken qualifications in this area. 

After finishing a major renovation of a period cottage, she is now onto her next project: overhauling a 1930s property in the Shropshire countryside. 


Natasha Brinsmead

Natasha is Homebuilding & Renovating’s Associate Editor and has been a member of the team for over two decades. An experienced journalist and renovation expert, she has written for a number of homes titles. 

She has renovated a terrace and is at the end of the DIY renovation and extension of her Edwardian cottage. She is now looking for her next project.


Michelle Guy

Michelle is Homebuilding & Renovating’s Deputy Editor. With an editorial career spanning more than 18 years, Michelle spent time working on educational magazines and websites until her career took an exciting turn into the world of homes and interiors. Working on sister titles Real Homes and Period Living, she then joined the Homebuilding team in November 2018. 

She’s just completed her second kitchen renovation project, armed with an ever-growing knowledge of homebuilding advice and design inspo (and a Pinterest board or two, of course). She's about to embark on another bathroom refurb project.


Amy Reeves

Assistant Editor Amy began working for Homebuilding & Renovating in 2018. She has an interest in sustainable building methods and always has her eye on the latest design ideas. Amy has interviewed countless self builders, renovators and extenders about their experiences for Homebuilding & Renovating magazine. 

She is currently renovating a mid-century home, together with her partner, on a DIY basis, and has recently fitted her own kitchen.


Jason Orme

The former Editor of Homebuilding & Renovating magazine, Jason is an experienced self builder and has recently finished renovating his 1960s home. Jason is now Managing Director of Future PLC's Homes' portfolio, which includes UK-leading titles such as Ideal Homes, Livingetc and Homes & Gardens. He is also the author of The Self Build Dream

You can catch Jason in the seminar theatres and Advice Centre at many of the Homebuilding & Renovating Shows across the UK.


Michael Holmes

Michael is Homebuilding & Renovating's Director of Content, and Vice Chair of the National Custom and Self Build Association (NaCSBA), presenter of multiple property TV shows and author of Renovating for Profit (Ebury). 

He is one of the country's leading property experts and has undertaken over 30 building projects including two self-builds and the renovation of a Grade-II listed farmhouse. 

Michael is also a regular expert in the seminar theatres and Advice Centre at the Homebuilding & Renovating Show.


Jack Woodfield

Jack is News Editor for Homebuilding & Renovating, and strives to break the most relevant and beneficial stories for self builders, extenders and renovators, including the latest news on the construction materials shortage and planning reforms. Having bought his first home in 2013, he and his wife have renovated almost every room and recently finished a garden renovation.

Meet our Guest Experts and Editors

In-depth, independent expert advice is at the core of what we do at Homebuilding & Renovating. As such, we call on a team of guest experts and editors – many of whom have been writing for the brand for a number of decades – to write and edit key content in their area of expertise. 

This team of dedicated experts includes builders, architects, surveyors, planning consultants, tradespeople, energy efficiency consultants and many more professionals besides…


David Snell 

The author of Building Your Own Home, David is a serial self builder and has been building homes for 50 years. He is one of the UK's leading self build experts and has written for Homebuilding & Renovating for nearly three decades. 

He is also a plotfinding expert and has sourced building plots for countless budding self builders up and down the UK. He has self built 14 homes.


Rebecca Foster

Rebecca began her journalism career writing for a luxury property magazine in Bangkok, before re-locating to London and becoming a features editor for a self build magazine. She is an experienced homes and interiors journalist and has written for many homes titles including Homebuilding & Renovating, Ideal Home and Period Living.

She has expertise on a wealth of topics — from oak frame homes to kitchen extensions. She has a passion for Victorian architecture; her dream is to extend an 1800s house.


Ian Rock

Chartered surveyor Ian Rock MRICS is a director is Rightsurvey.co.uk and the author of eight popular Haynes House Manuals, including the Home Extension Manual, the Self Build Manual and Period Property Manual.

Ian is also the founder of Zennor Consultants. In addition to providing house surveys, Zennor Consultants provide professional guidance on property refurbishment and maintenance as well as advising on the design and construction of home extensions and loft conversions, including planning and Building Regulations compliance.

Ian has recently added a 100m2 extension to his home; he designed and project managed the build and completed much of the interior fit-out on a DIY basis.


Allan Corfield

Allan is a RIBA chartered architect and has overseen the design of over 350 low energy homes across the UK. He is one of the UK's leading experts on modern methods of construction including SIPs (structural insulated panels), is part of the Structural Timber Association, Passive House Trust and a member of the self build industry body, NaCSBA. He regularly contributes to Homebuilding & Renovating magazine and is a speaker and self build expert at the Homebuilding & Renovating Shows. 

Since 2009, Allan has grown his custom and self build architectural practice, AC Architects, to a team of 16, and recently created AC Structures, a leading engineering business for self build projects.


Nimi Attanayake

Nimi is director and co founder of nimtim architects in 2014. Nimi is a qualified architect who has worked for some of London's most highly-regarded practices and is a member of the Design South East Panel. She also designed some London's most exciting new domestic extension schemes.

She is also a qualified garden and landscape designer and leads nimtim landscapes.


Andy Stevens

Andy Stevens is a multiple award-winning builder who manages Surrey-based building company Eclipse Property Solutions; he specialises in new builds, extensions and loft conversions. 

While he is still on the tools, he is also widely involved in the construction industry. He presents a show on Fix Radio and hosts his own building podcast Build:It, as well as being a speaker at the Homebuilding & Renovating Shows. 

Andy has sat on the Board of the Federation of Master Builders (London region) and was previously Vice President. He also works with construction charities and is a strong advocate for mental health in the industry.


Paul Testa

Architect Paul is the director of Paul Testa Architecture and a specialist in low-energy design. His practise are well-versed in designing sustainable, energy-efficient new builds and extension schemes. He has also just completed an eco retrofit to his family home.

He taught the technology course for the MArch in Architecture at Sheffield University, and is a tutor for the Sustainable Architectural Studies Masters course. 


Lindsey Davis

Lindsey made her first foray into writing about homes a decade ago when she joined the Homebuilding & Renovating team as Web Editor. While her first love is great architectural design, she has a passion for helping people find the best products for their homes — and she is now Editor in Chief for Homes Ecommerce across Future Publishing's homes titles.

She has renovated her terraced home, converting the loft and undertaking a number of tasks on a DIY basis. 


Sarah Handley

Sarah is the former Web Editor of homebuilding.co.uk. She began her career more than a decade ago, working for a trade building magazine, before joining the wider Homebuilding & Renovating team as Social Media Editor in 2012. 

Since purchasing her first house in 2015, Sarah has been adding to the ever-increasing list of home improvements she needs to make. She has just undertaken a kitchen renovation; she now plans to extend above her garden. Fortunately, in her decade on Team Homebuilding, she is not short on design inspiration or top tips to tackle or project manage these tasks herself.


Hugh Metcalf

Hugh was previously Digital Editor of homebuilding.co.uk, before moving to sister title Livingetc.com. He has worked on a range of home, design and property magazines, including Grand Designs. 

Hugh has developed a passion for modern architecture and green homes, and moonlights as an interior designer, having designed and managed projects ranging from single rooms to whole house renovations and large extensions. 

He's currently renovating a Victorian terrace in Essex, DIYing as much of the work as possible. His current project is a kitchen renovation which involves knocking through walls and landscaping a courtyard garden. 


Mike Cruickshank

Property developer Mike is an expert in timber frame construction and offers advice on the build process as well as the cost elements of building with timber.


Paul Hymers

Paul is a building control officer and has written eight books on home improvements and building homes.


Tara Gbolade

Tara is a Passivhaus designer and co-founder of architectural practice Gbolade Design Studio and won the RIBA Rising Star Award in 2018.


Ken Dijksman

Ken, a former planning officer, is a planning consultant and owner of Dijksman Planning LLP. He is also the author of The Planning Game.


Mark Stevenson

Mark Stevenson has worked as a construction professional for almost 30 years and following an extensive career in housebuilding became Managing Director of Potton where he now helps self builders build their own homes.

Whilst Mark describes himself as a ‘professional builder’ as a result of his career in housebuilding and timber systems manufacturing, he has specialist knowledge of timber construction and extensive expertise in finding land and appraising building plots. 

He regularly shares his knowledge at Homebuilding & Renovating Shows and in Potton’s Self Build Academy where he leads the finding land and how to build seminar programme.

Aside from Mark’s professional career, his skills also extend to practical building knowledge as a skilled joiner, hands-on renovator and serial self-builder of his own development projects.


Steve Jenkins

Steve is an avid DIYer with over 20 years of experience in transforming and renovating homes. He specialises in painting and decorating, but has strong all-round building skills, having previously worked in the industry for 10 years.


Tim Pullen

Tim is an expert in sustainable building methods and energy efficiency in residential homes.


Mark Brinkley

Mark is the author of the ever-popular Housebuilder’s Bible and an experienced builder. He’s just finished his latest self build.


Neil Turner

Architect Neil Turner is director at Howarth Litchfield Partnership and specialises in residential design.


Charlie Luxton

Charlie is an experienced architectural designer and TV broadcaster. He has just completed his latest self build project.


Pete Tonks

Pete is an award-winning architectural designer. He began his career as an architectural technician with self build specialist Potton in 1984. He went on to set up his own practice, PJT Design Ltd, in 2003 and has been designing self build homes and extension schemes for over three decades. He is also a specialist in designing oak frame homes. 

In 2015, Pete co-founded PJT Custom Build Ltd, a bespoke project management company, which delivers custom-built homes from conception to completion.

He has recently completed his own contemporary self build project.


David Hilton

David is a renewables and ventilation installer, with over 35 years experience, and is a long-standing contributor to Homebuilding and Renovating magazine. He is a member of the Gas Safe Register, has a Masters degree in Sustainable Architecture, and is an authority in sustainable building and energy efficiency, with extensive knowledge in building fabrics, heat recovery ventilation, renewables, and also conventional heating systems. He is also a speaker at the Homebuilding & Renovating Show. 

Passionate about healthy, efficient homes, he is director of Heat and Energy Ltd. He works with architects, builders, self builders and renovators, and designs and project manages the installation of ventilation and heating systems to achieve the most energy efficient and cost effective outcome for every home.


Bob Branscombe

Bob is one of the UK’s leading Chartered Surveyors and with over 30-years’ experience in both self build and construction. A career spent with several main contractors and major surveying consultancies has helped reinforce his approach that cost-estimating and control are a fundamental tenet of self-building.


Sally Tagg, MRTPI

Sally is a chartered town planner and an expert in all things planning permission. She has significant expertise, specialist knowledge and substantial experience when providing professional advice for self builders and custom builders seeking to build their own home and those who wish to refurbish and extend their properties. 

She is Managing Director of Foxley Tagg Planning Ltd (which she formed in 2000), Executive Committee Member – National Custom & Self Build Association (NaCSBA) and a Board Member of the Right to Build Taskforce. Sally and her team are a regular presence in The Planning Clinic at the Homebuilding & Renovating Show.


Bruce Bendall

Bruce is a third generation builder with over 30 years’ experience. He has recently completed his latest self build.


Chris Reeves

Chris is dual qualified as a chartered builder and solicitor, having enjoyed an earlier career in the construction industry (as a carpenter and then site management) prior to qualification in 2001. He is a founder of Reeves James and Mediation for Construction and Insurance, and specialises in dispute resolution, with particular expertise in supporting individuals on self build and renovation projects. Chris has a wealth of experience in supporting projects with resolution of issues around valuation of work done and defects in building work.

Chris is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and adjudicator panel member of the RIBA and RICS, as well as a member of the Technology and Construction Solicitors’ Association.

David Nossiter Architects

David Nossiter

David is a chartered RIBA architect, a RIBA Conservation Registrant and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. A director of David Nossiter Architects with expertise in residential architecture, David received acclaim for the conversion of a vast dilapidated listed barn into a contemporary dwelling.

He is also a member of the London Borough of Merton’s Design Review Panel, a multi-disciplinary team of independent professionals which advises on design quality within the built environment. David teaches at the University of Brighton and the RIBA Studio post-graduate architecture Masters Degree programmes.

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