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The dining room has lime plastered walls. It's simply furnished, with a large wooden table centrepiece.

This charming house in the Luberon region was until recently a ruin. But it's been restored in a style you could call rustic sophistication, using traditional building techniques and plenty of brocante-sourced furniture and objets

RHI at the moment is very generous and people stand to make money

Richard Hiblen at renewable energy centre Green Square says we're mad if we pass up the chance to install renewable energy products in our homes using the Renewable Heat Incentive

Trex decking is made from recycled plastic bottles and wood waste

We are making progress when it comes to recycling plastics, with more designers using recycled plastic to make attractive products for home and garden, says Kay Hill.

Simple ceramic tiles were used for the floors

Casa Luz was a crumbling wreck. This house in rural central west Spain shows just why it's well worth seeking out an architect with vision and the ability to do clever things using inexpensive materials such as ceramic tiles

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