1. Self-Build FAQ

    Blame Grand Designs, but today, building your own home is a dream that many of us hold close to our hearts. The hope that we could find that perfect patch of land and, from nothing, summon the ideal home from the ground is a hopelessly inspiring one. Although the government do not produce official statistics […]

  2. Eco-Friendly Insulation Options

    At the heart of every eco-home design is one simple thing – insulation (both figuratively and literally). A structure that’s well insulated can boost its eco-credentials massively. That’s thanks to a dramatic reduction in heating and electric bills by keeping the home cool in summer and keeping in the warm in winter, which, in turn, […]

  3. Why Are Barn Conversions So Popular?

    You only need to take a walk around your nearest city to realise that housing trends come and go. There’s an incredible variety of housing stock in the UK, running the gamut from quaint, thatched roof cottages to towering, steel-and-glass megastructures, but one type of home continues to gain in popularity – barn conversions. All […]

  4. Attracting Wildlife to your Garden

    Having a beautiful home is about more than mere architecture. It’s about situating your home within the world that surrounds it, positioning it sympathetically in its environment and ensuring that nature can thrive alongside your property, rather than in spite of it. With housing demands at an all-time high and our amazing countryside being squeezed […]

  5. Eco-Friendly Window Tips

    When it comes to ensuring the eco-credentials of your home, the majority of the work you do boils down to one simple thing – ensuring the heat retention of your property. In an eco-home, this can mean multiple things, from proper insulation to full-blown Passivhaus design principles, but there’s one element of home design which […]

  6. The First Steps of Converting a Barn

    There’s nothing quite like the charm, character and space that a beautifully executed barn conversion offers. It’s a world away from the mass-market blankness of many of the properties designed to sit alongside almost-identical houses on a new-build estate. For many of us, the thought of renovating a barn and converting it into a home […]

  7. How to Keep your House Cool During the Summer

    Summer is here and, frankly, it’s probably just a little too warm for us here at Bespoke Builders towers. Of course, the weather is a beautiful break from Britain’s oft-derided rain-soaked climate, but it makes living inside our homes somewhat more difficult as we lean on fans, open windows and blackout curtains to keep the […]

  8. Innovative Ways to Make a Home Eco-Friendly

    When it comes to helping reduce our eco-footprint, there are dozens of little things we can do. Whether it’s pivoting away from plastic bags and other single-use plastics or switching to an electric vehicle, we’re all making changes to help the environment. However, one the biggest impacts we have on the environment isn’t from our […]

  9. Summer Colours to Brighten up your new House

    With copious amounts of sunshine on offer, we’re enjoying the very best of Britain’s glorious landscape and marvelling in the wonderful diversity of architecture on offer. Whilst the sun may be shining outside, you might not know it from inside your home. In fact, without looking out of the window, you’d be hard-pressed to tell […]

  10. Get the Lighting Right in your Barn Conversion

    It only takes a quick look around to realise that light is pretty important – it’s why God put it on the top of his schedule when he created the universe. Here on earth though, light dictates everything that we see, illuminating the world around us. Getting the lighting right in your home though? Well, […]

  11. Kitchen Extensions: What to Consider

    Kitchens are the centrepiece of any home. They’re where we retreat to after a hard days work, where we entertain friends and family and where we burn all of our toast, despite getting the toaster settings right just yesterday. Put simply, our kitchens are important. It’s why so many of us are forever eyeing that […]

  12. Water Feature Ideas 2018

    Throughout all of human evolution, being close to running water has been the safest, most desirable place to be. In early humans, it meant that drinkable water was plentiful, that we could clean our food and that we could feed and raise livestock. Whilst water might be readily available today, we’ve kept that clear desire […]

  13. Barn Conversions: What You Need to Know

    Transforming an existing property is one of the most satisfying things you can do in life. It’s the joy of seeing what was once a disused pile of bricks, metal and glass become something so much more – a home where you can live happily. Every single day properties are transformed, from terraced houses to […]

  14. How to Choose the Right Design for Your Home

    One of the best things about designing and building your own home is that, ultimately, you’ll end up with a home which not only reflects your personal taste but also fits around your life like a glove fits around a hand. There needs to be no compromise in a bespoke property design, but actually deciding […]

  15. INFOGRAPHIC: Design & Build Your Own Eco Home

    Eco build homes are one of our passions here at Bespoke, as more of us turn away from fossil fuels and adopt alternatives the number of eco projects we have taken on has exponentially increased. We’ve utilised an array of sustainable solutions including innovative insulation and alternative energy systems and we’re constantly discovering new and […]

  16. Making the Most of Spring in your Garden

    It’s been a tough old winter for our gardens, but with the days growing longer, the sun shining that little bit brighter and temperatures on the up, there are signs that we’re in for an incredible spring and summer 2018. At Bespoke, we’ve always believed that our gardens are an extension of our homes and, […]

  17. Eco-Friendly Building Material Options for Your Project

    Building your own home is a dream that many of us share, but the realities of it from an eco-perspective? Well, they’re not ideal. On average, the CO2 cost for a new build two-bed two-bath cottage comes in at roughly 80 tonnes. Meanwhile, an existing property of the same size uses around 8.1 tonnes of […]

  18. Choosing your Interior Staircase Design

    When it comes to our homes, there’s so much we can change easily if the mood strikes us. Whether it’s the wallpaper in your bedroom to the stud wall in your kitchen, if there’s one thing we’ve learned from DIY programming over the years, it’s that a home is whatever you make of it. There […]

  19. Passive and Active Solar Gain in an Eco Home

    When it comes to energy, we’re all inclined to think about those energy companies which bill us each month, but there’s only one source which gives life to all things on earth – the sun. Without it, no life could exist and today, we’re better at harvesting that energy than ever before. From the minuscule […]

  20. Caring for your Lawn

    Here in Britain, we put a great deal of love and care into our gardens. Traditionally a key part of home life by sustaining us with food and offering a place to relax, our gardens continue to play a vital role to this day, setting the tone for our homes, relaxing us and offering a […]

  21. Building a Home: All the Contractors You’ll Need

    What does it take to build a home? It’s a question we’re often asked and yet it never fails to catch us off guard. We design and build properties every single day and, as such, we’re immersed in the everyday practicalities of home building. It occurs to us though that most people don’t really know […]

  22. The Hidden Benefits Of Living In An Eco Home

    Over the last 50 years, we’ve all begun to wake up to the elements in our lives which gently shape and form our mood, health and attitudes. Whether it’s what we eat or how we sleep, we’re all beginning to pay more and more attention to the little things which make a big difference throughout […]

  23. A Guide To Securing The Purchase Of A Plot

    One of the biggest challenges you’ll need to overcome before you get can stuck into building your dream home is to secure the purchase of a plot of land. The problem is that competition can be fierce and the best building plots can be hard to find. However, if you’re flexible, keep an open mind […]

  24. A Guide To Micro-topping

    If you’re looking for a solution to repair and renew old, cracked concrete, micro-topping might just be the answer to your prayers. Adding this layer provides an excellent finish for new works, but it’s particularly suited to renovations, saving you from the time, money and effort you’d spend on removing existing tiles or other interior […]

  25. Barn Conversion Checklist: Things To Consider

    Converting an old barn into the house of your dreams is a goal for many self-builders. Not only can these old buildings offer a surplus of airy space, but their unique features provide buckets of character and create a truly individual home. However, the barn conversion dream can quickly turn into a nightmare without a […]

  26. Beautiful Landscaping – What’s The Knack?

    Landscaping, generally, falls into two categories – brilliant and bland. Whilst some spaces create awe, others are little more than set dressing around an otherwise unremarkable property. It’s something of a dark art and whilst there might not be one sure-fire way to ensure your landscaping impresses, there are a number of methods and techniques […]

  27. Why It’s Important To Keep The Historic Character Of A Barn Conversion

    If you have a grand design in mind that includes high ceilings and plenty of space, an old barn can offer the ideal skeleton around which to build your dream home. However, even if you’re after a modern look, it’s important to keep the historic character of a barn conversion and not get so carried […]

  28. Top Home Trends For 2018

    If you’re looking for design inspiration, you’ve come to the right place. Whether you want to update tired interiors or get those exteriors just right, we’ve tracked down the top home trends for 2018 to ensure your property encapsulates just the right amount of contemporary cool. Because if there’s one thing we understand, here at […]

  29. How To Build A House

    Designing your own home is a chance to create a totally unique property, one which suits all your needs and requirements. Bespoke have more than 13 years of experience creating design and build homes in Bristol and the surrounding areas, taking our clients through the entire process, from design and planning to the beautiful moment […]

  30. Building In Winter – How To Keep Your Project On Track In The Colder Months

    Winter may leave most people wishing they could curl up with a good book by the fire, but for those of us ploughing ahead with building plans, the colder season offers no respite. While there are benefits to working through the wintertime, there are also many potential problem areas that could crop up during construction. […]

  31. Incorporating Energy Efficient Methods During The Winter

    Keeping our homes warm is a common worry during the winter months. However, once the sun appears come springtime, the frosty mornings and electric blankets become a thing of the past – as do our plans for improving the insulation of our homes. That is, until next year. Investing in energy efficient methods, such as […]

  32. Top 10 Things To Consider When Self-Building

    Most of us dream of building our own home. Thankfully, whether you’re planning a grand design or want to create a truly unique, family hub, self-building has never been easier. Here are 10 essential tips to help you turn that aspiration into a reality…   Begin with the budget Before you get swept away in […]

  33. Biomass Boilers – The Case For An Eco-Friendly Heating System

    At Bespoke, we’re passionate about eco-friendly building. Yes, there’s often a price saving to be gained (especially if you think long-term) but it’s also a case of our responsibility to our planet, and protecting resources for our children, and children’s children. Self-builders have a fantastic opportunity to make a real difference by installing carefully considered […]

  34. What Is The Right To Build Scheme?

    …..And How Can It Benefit Me? If you’re considering a self-build project, you’ve probably heard about the Right To Build scheme, which came into force in October 2016. However, if you’re not up to speed with this legislation, and you live in England, you should explore it further because there are genuine opportunities out there […]

  35. Brick & Block Or Timber?

    The modern self-builder has a wealth of choices when it comes to the method of building their new home. Do you choose a block & brick build, a traditional timber, or even a flat pack kit home? There’s so many interesting choices on the market, and each one brings with it pros and cons, depending […]

  36. Designing With Storage In Mind

    Modern family living is a busy, chaotic, wondrous thing, ever-changing and evolving – but with growing family members, and changing dynamics, how do you create a home that’s going to look as good in ten years’ time as it does on the day you complete it? One way to build flexibility into your home is […]

  37. Why Should I Use Reclaimed Bricks & Tiles In My Building Project?

    Sustainability is a huge subject, and one that we at Bespoke are passionate about. In this blog, I’ll take a closer look at repurposing bricks and tiles, as well as some of the most important environmental reasons that we should all be considering sustainability throughout the building process. Building your property using beautifully aged tiles […]

  38. Health & Safety In Construction

    All industries and workplaces have regulations and procedures in place to limit the likelihood of accidents and to safeguard staff, clients and the public. But for companies like Bespoke Builders, who operate in construction, adhering to robust health and safety (H&S) practices is absolutely critical – lives literally depend on it. Did you know construction […]

  39. Interior Designers & Why To Hire One

    If you’re planning an extensive renovation or building a brand new home, it’s likely that you are planning to invest a significant amount of money. You’re likely to be re-configuring the layout of an existing building, or creating something brand new from scratch. Whilst you almost certainly will have engaged the services of an architect, […]

  40. Your Guide To Roofing Options

    Embarking on a design and build project? If so, one of the many things you’ll need to decide on – and discuss with your project manager or architect – is your home’s new roof. Seeing as your roof accounts for a huge chunk of the visible exterior, you want to make sure it looks good […]

  41. Bespoke Is Hiring!

    Here’s a great opportunity to join our busy and expanding team. If you’re a talented and efficient Administrative Assistant, particularly with a background in the construction industry, we’d love to hear from you. About Us Bespoke is an award-winning, independently owned local business, based in Bristol. We started in 2004 with 8 people, and today […]

  42. Choosing The Right Style For Your Barn Conversion

    As a barn conversion and renovation specialist, it’s really important to everyone at Bespoke that we preserve the heritage and provenance of the barns we work on. With this in mind, one of the things we talk to clients about right at the beginning of a project is choosing a design and style that achieves […]

  43. How To Live At Home When You’re Building

    It’s a big decision to make when you decide to make some big renovations at home – do I stay, or do I go? There’s an argument for both options, but unless you have close friends or family to rely on during a project, it can be stressful to move out of your home for […]

  44. Creating A Garden Room: The Case For Building Outside

    We always work with our clients to help them build their dream. For this week’s blog, I hope to inspire you towards doing that with something a little different. If you’re designing and building a new home, you could consider creating a little slice of personal space for yourself with a chic garden room. Garden rooms […]

  45. Cladding and Rendering: What Are My Options?

    A decision we encounter on almost every build, especially on conversions and renovations, is whether to render the property with a smooth finish or clad it with materials such as timber or slate tiles. Choosing either option will give the exterior of your home a complete makeover, transforming it to make it more traditional, modern, or in-keeping […]

  46. ‘Building The Dream’ Picking Up Steam

    You might have read that Daniel, our founder, has published his first book, which takes the reader through the journey of choosing, buying, renovating and decorating a barn. ‘Building The Dream: A guide to barn renovations and conversions’ is a lovely hardback coffee table book, filled with insights and beautiful photos, and written in a […]

  47. Severn Bridge Tolls Scrapped – A Look At The Impact On Business

    As you may have heard, in July the UK Government announced plans to scrap tolls on both Severn crossings by the end of 2018, with both Severn crossings returning to public ownership. Currently, monthly tickets range from £117.92 for small cars to £396 for large vehicles, which means that a daily commute sets you back over £1400 […]

  48. A Brief Guide To Bi-Fold Doors

    In this handy guide, we take a look at some of the benefits and considerations of installing bi-fold doors in your home. Could they work for you? How do bi-folds work? While French doors only open up a section of floor-to-ceiling glazing, bi-folds open fully due to their clever concertina design. Bi-folds are mounted on […]

  49. Luxury Landscaping & Outdoor Design

    First impressions really do last forever! When planning your new dream design and build project, don’t expect your planning and ideas to stop just inside the front door – you’ll need to consider the outside space, allowing that personal touch you have dedicated to the interior of your new dream home to extend right up […]

  50. Building Your Home Through The Eyes Of Your Children

    This week’s blog aims to give you some inspiration about how to adapt the design & build of your home to add some extra delights for your family. When you have young kids, it’s lovely to be able to add in cool features and unexpected treats for them to enjoy – in our founder’s own […]