D&M Homes have been selected by Graven Hill Development Company to provide the next phase of their “Mix & Match” product. Mix & Match offers all the creativity of self-build, without the hassle.  Graven Hill are working with some of the sector’s leading suppliers to offer a choice of designs on a select number of plots.
Extract from December 2017 issue of Build It magazine: “We did have a look-book, but that was purely to show clients the work we’d done”, says Beverley Pemberton, head designer at masonry specialist Design & Materials. “It might have given them ideas, but everybody has their own style; self-builders don’t want to think they’ve got

Right to Build Task Force

Design & Materials were present at the first in a series of regional events held on Monday 18 September in Aylesbury by NaCSBA’s Right to Build Task Force. Alok Sharma MP, the Minister of State for Housing and Planning, and Richard Bacon MP, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Self Build, were two of the speakers with the purpose of the event

December 2016

Last time Warwick and Lynn talked about how Beverley was able to create a second design proposal that provided them with a layout and visual appearance that still ticked all the boxes. “I have been in this position many times in the past where what the clients initially wanted was not what the planners were looking

October Diary

Last month our clients talked about their motivation for building their own home and how their ideal plot had been staring them in the face for years … their own side garden!  This month’s diary is about creating the design. Our Head of Design, Beverley visited the clients and sat down with them for a

September Diary

This is the first of our new monthly Self Build Dairies following two of our clients on their self build journey.   Warwick says: “We have lived in our house for over 32 years. It is a lovely old Rectory on the edge of the village. Our three daughters are now all married and the

Replacement dwellings on the increase

  Our Designer Beverley reports on the increasing number of replacement homes  being built An ever increasing number of my clients are asking us to design a replacement dwelling, for example like the rural Georgian house opposite. I think it has a lot to do with the fact that good building plots are not that

Building Regulations Changes

    Our Architectural Technician Jackie looks at the changes to the Building Regulations Hi I’m Jackie, Architectural Technician at Design & Materials with 25 years’ service. Changes in legislation means the Code for Sustainable Homes has been abolished* and the energy requirements for a new dwelling are now covered by Part L of the


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