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WELCOME TO THE WINTER 2016 ISSUE OF YOUR BUILD
It's fair to say the EU referendum brought with it a degree of uncertainty in many markets, and the property market, which relies on confidence and stability, has suffered as a consequence, but a recent survey from The Homebuilding & Renovating Show has shown that in Greater London in particular, self-builders are ploughing on with their projects despite any perceived material cost increases, financial instability or volatility in the housing market.
The survey showed that 71 per cent of self-builders in London are continuing with their projects despite the ups and downs of Brexit, with 77.4 per cent claiming that improving their home was too important and only 2.2 per cent deciding to cancel.
So it's good to hear that, in the south in particular, there is a positive feeling in the market with regards to current and future house-building projects.
And for those undertaking a self-build or renovation project, as ever in Your Build we have a great mix of technical articles, viewpoints, case studies and top-tip features to help guide you through your project.
In our latest interior design column, BIID member Rachel Laxer looks at the issues when designing small spaces and discusses a recent project (p.22). As Rachel explains: "When working in small spaces, it is common for many people to think small. Don't; think big, especially when it comes to art! Oversized art works really well in small spaces, creating a visual impact and focal point."
Elsewhere in this issue, BuildStore's Rachel Pyne explains why it's vital to prepare a detailed budget, but equally important to maintain it from the beginning to the end of the project. As Rachel explains: "We're all familiar with the glamorous TV programmes that show off big budget houses and where cash is spent at an uncontrollable rate - in the real world, projects simply don't work like this." Read Rachel's advice for maintaining your budget on p.08.
So read on for all this and much more, including our exclusive competition with Shaws of Darwen (p.07); the construction trends to look out for in 2017 (p.12); our new product and materials round-up (p.26), plus our Question Time feature on all things glazing with Klöeber UK. Enjoy the issue!
Enjoy the issue and remember to let us know how your projects are progressing.
Matt Downs, Editor