Top 5 House Building Magazines to Read

Top 5 House Building Magazines to Read

The early stages of getting a house extension or undertaking any big home improvements tend to involve a lot of information gathering. It’s reassuring to know that a great deal of ideas, advice and inspiration can be found on the internet, not least at information-based websites like House Extension Online. Another great resource is the wide selection of building and DIY related magazines, but there are so many publications out there, it can be difficult to know where to begin. Here are five of the top building-related magazines.

Homebuilding & Renovating

homebuilding & renovating magazine
This magazine has been a leading resource for anyone interested in self-builds, conversions and renovations for over twenty years. It regularly features advice and design guides, house plans and real-life case studies. It can be found on the shelves of supermarkets and newsagents at a cost of £4.25, but a subscription includes free delivery and tickets to a Homebuilding & Renovating show. Find out more about subscription here

Build It + Home Improvement

build it magazine
With a particular emphasis on self-building, Build It is a monthly magazine which covers advice and detailed information on home building, DIY and renovation. With features on inspirational self-built homes and case studies from real-life self-build projects, there is a mine of information for anyone considering doing it alone. Always with a practical approach in mind, this is a magazine that says it prides itself on being for ‘doers’ as opposed to ‘dreamers’. A single copy can be bought for £3.99. Find out more about subscription options and offers here

Grand Designs Magazine

grand designs magazine
This is the magazine that accompanies the successful Channel 4 show Grand Designs presented by Kevin McCloud, who is also the editor at large of this informative publication. If you’re looking for inspirational ideas, this is an excellent resource. Featuring articles on interior design, eye-catching architecture and great money saving innovations, there is plenty for the aspirational home builder to enjoy. A single issue costs £3.99, or a subscription provides 13 issues for £25. You can see a digital version of the latest issue here

Real Homes Magazine

real homes magazine
Produced by the same people who make Homebuilding & Renovating magazine, Real Homes merged with Move or Improve? magazine in 2009 to become a leading publication for anyone interested in improving their home. Each issue features practical advice on decorating, home renovation projects and house extensions, as well as shopping guides and product tests for materials and goods.  A single issue is £3.20. Find out more about Real homes magazine subscription here.


house builder magazine
This magazine is for anybody involved with the housebuilding industry, and is a great resource for professionals. With articles written by expert columnists, Housebuilder magazine positions itself as essential reading for those who work in UK residential development and regeneration. A yearly subscription for UK residents is £88, although it is free to all members of the Home Builders Federation. Get more information at the Housebuilder website