With the trend for sustainable living reaching an all-time high, more of us are switching onto the benefits of growing our own produce and, as a result, many are taking the allotmenteering route.

Will Gough, Commercial Manager for Spaceslide, explains how clever storage could boost your property’s value.

Here, the Passivhaus Trust explains why self-builders and the Passivhaus standard are made for each other.

The Northern Homebuilding & Renovating Show, proudly sponsored by Everest, returns to Harrogate Convention Centre, from 3rd to 5th November.

Produced by the team at the National Self Build & Renovation Centre (NSBRC), the UK’s only permanent visitor centre for self-builders and home-improvers, the Big Green Home Show returns in October.

Reflecting the growth of the UK’s self-build mortgage market, the Mansfield Building Society has announced the launch of a new advanced stage payment mortgage product in partnership with self-build specialist, BuildStore Mortgage Services.

Greater prefabrication offers more control over quality, productivity and predictability – making off-site construction a great choice for self-builders. Here Andrew Carpenter, Chief Executive of the Structural Timber Association, shares with i-build the reasons why self-builders should consider a factory-built home.

When the homeowners of a west London Edwardian semi-detached house sought to revitalise their home, they turned to Holloways of Ludlow to complete the extensive renovation. The renovation comprised a full refurbishment with ground floor and loft extensions, as well as the redesign of a new kitchen and three bedrooms.…

From simple organic pattern features to soft geometric abstracts, Lorna Williams – Head of Product Design and Creative Branding at Amtico – discusses the prevailing aesthetically-led, yet functional, trends and future innovations from the world of flooring design.

The project for the refurbishment of a charming circa 16th-century farmhouse situated on the crest of a marvellous hill in the heart of Siena’s Chianti region in Tuscany, Italy, overlooking vineyards and woodland was the focus of architect practice, Lenzi + Baglini Architetti.

The Internet of Things (IoT) is not a new topic. In fact, it has been a discussion point for decades and the first smart appliance, a toaster, was actually connected to the internet back in 1989, writes Steve Mansour, Chief Executive Officer at CRL.

You have found the site or renovation project of your dreams and are keen to get started. The last thing you need are delays with processing your planning application. Here Sarah Chilcott, Managing Director at Planning Portal, offers guidance on making a successful application first time.

The last 12 months have heralded the return of colour within interiors, with homeowners becoming increasingly confident in their decorating choices and embracing more dramatic, vivid hues. While the delicate neutrals and Scandi greys remain ever-popular, full-bodied colour is also finding its voice again, says Charlotte Cosby Head of Creative…

Introduced in the 19th century as an ornamental plant, this species’ spread across the country has been astonishing. Now thought to be present in every 10km² of the UK, this plant is a common sight along railways, roadsides, waterways, derelict land, parks and gardens.

Art – the right piece of carefully selected fine art – has the power to transform a house into a home, to add life and character to blank walls and empty inner spaces. But if you are new to the world of art, how do you go about selecting the…

Here, experienced home extensions building expert, Ryan Abell – Director and Site Manager at Abell Building Services – shares his checklist for keeping track of a kitchen extension project from start to finish.

In 2001, young Architect Nicolas Tye bought a barn conversion in Bedfordshire, then took 12 months out to renovate it. 16 years on, Nicolas Tye Architects (NTA) is a prosperous practice with 20 staff – and that barn conversion is its award-winning headquarters.

With building materials prices ever rising and constructors’ margins being squeezed, the quality and suitability of timber materials for self-build projects has never been more critical, writes Jim Coulson, Director at TFT Woodexperts.

With its brands AXOR and hansgrohe, the Hansgrohe Group brings form and function to water with taps, showerheads and shower systems. Here, i-build reflects on the trendsetting themes that the brand sets for bathroom design.

Here, Mrs Holst talks to i-build about the restoration of her home, an old powerhouse dating back to the 1900s, and explains why she opted for a rechargeable lithium-ion battery to power her restoration.

Natural daylighting within bespoke homes is a common request from many self-builders. The inclusion of large expanses of glazing brings many beneficial elements for self-builders and home renovators; from reduced energy bills and enhanced wellbeing to opening up to stunning surrounding views.

When Paul Withey took on his fourth barn conversion project in the rural area of Attleborough, he thought he’d be restricted to an oil boiler for his four-bedroom barn’s heating and hot water. However, after investing his time into researching renewable heating solutions, he found the solution to be a…

Derry and Susan Young have built a stunning five-bedroom property in the picturesque Scottish Highlands featuring a ground source heat pump and solar thermal to provide 100% of the property’s heating and hot water needs.

If you’re planning a self-build, whether a first-timer or an experienced hand, you’ll need funding in place to drive your home-building project through its various stages, and the chances are that at least part of that funding will come in the form of a mortgage, says Rachel Pyne, Operations Director…

The Passivhaus standard is one of the fastest-growing energy standards in the world, and often dubbed the gold standard of energy efficiency and indoor comfort. There are currently over 65,000 Passivhaus buildings worldwide. Here, the Passivhaus Trust explains why all self-builders should be striving for the Passivhaus standard.

When it comes to getting your outdoor spaces ready for the months ahead, whether you’ve got acres of lawn or just a small patch, there’s no excuse for not being well equipped.

Here Dan Cook, Designer at luxury bathroom company C.P. Hart, explains how to achieve that spa-like feel in your self-build’s bathroom.

Whether you’re using render to revitalise tired walls, or to encapsulate that fresh finish – it needs to be cared for. Here, Dr Ross Savage, Head of R&D at K Rend, talks i-build through a few simple steps you can take to enhance your render’s lifespan.

A rise in self-build projects in rural parts of the UK has made finding the right wastewater treatment option for individual projects more important than ever before. Here Matthew Rolph, Managing Director at GRAF UK, takes a look at the viable options for homes disconnected from the mains sewage network.

When Hazel Park, Lighting Designer at John Cullen Lighting, was approached to explore a lighting scheme for an architect’s London home, she knew the result would be extraordinary. Here, Hazel talks i-build through the outstanding project.

There’s a lot to be said for using locally-sourced natural stone when it comes to adding a touch of authentic class to a self-build project.

Everyone has to start somewhere. As a reader of i-build, you are clearly an ambassador for the self-build industry and innovative approaches to building, but for some self-builders renewable technology like ground source heat pumps remain an enigma. Here, Kensa talks through the ins and outs of ground source heat…

The idea of self-building one’s very own home is highly admired within the UK; with the idea of a dwelling suited to homeowners’ needs, inclusive of all amenities that have been tailored to personal specifications, gaining traction across the nation. The notion is so widespread that many self-builders are undertaking…

Did you know it is vital that appropriate cover is obtained for listed homes as general insurance providers may only provide enough cover for a minimal ‘standard’ rebuild, leaving you to finance the shortfall should the worst happen?

27 Jul 2017
A new market report, that is the largest of its kind, has revealed that the self- and custom-build industry is growing at a rate of 6.25% year on year, marking its third consecutive annual spike. At its current pace, the sector is estimated to reach 16,500 housing completions by 2020.

‘You pays your money and you takes your choice,’ an age-old adage, but never more true than today. Although it may be tempting to take shortcuts when having to buy a new piece of equipment, quality does cost money and we all know that.

With roads across the country getting busier and the lack of choice when it comes to building plots, many self-builders are having to face the fact that affordable property and building plots will sometimes come with the compromise of a busy road nearby.

30 Jun 2017
Oak is an affordable luxury that adds vitality, warmth and ambience to any development. Few people can resist the charms of oak, but aesthetics aren’t the only reason to use it, says Kat Hamilton from Oakmasters.

There is nothing quite like being able to touch and feel an appliance to determine its quality and find out more about its functionality and performance, says Luke Shipway, Product Manager at Caple.

L-Ments, an innovative prefabricated roof system that enables the installation of a fully insulated pitched roof in a matter of hours, has been specified for an eco-house in one of Britain’s leading tourist spots.

Jason Pledger started his career as a Junior Architectural Assistant at a practice in Truro, Cornwall, in 1991, and today holds the title Design Director at Laurence Associates. Here, i-build talks to Jason about his career as an architect and reports on his recent self-build projects.

James Gray and wife Claudia set out to transform 30 acres of farmland in north Essex into a unique timber home for the entire family. Energy efficiency was a key driver within their brief, so the implementation of high-performing floor insulation, Celotex FI5000, was used.

John Nicholls has been designing and selling kitchens through its Banbury showroom for over 40 years, so the company understands that the kitchen is the heart of the home.

A traditional Scottish village in Stirlingshire may not seem like the obvious location for a contemporary Passivhaus project. For chartered Architect, Mhairi Grant and her Architectural Designer partner, Martin McCrae, however, the development of their new home, ‘Ostro’, provided the perfect opportunity to realise their ambitions for moving out of…

If you are a self-builder about to undertake a project involving the conversion of a barn, you need to consider the cost of and difficulty in obtaining a building warranty (Latent Defect Insurance), says Rosita Mendonca from BuildSafe – a leading building warranty insurance provider.

If you’re looking for a self-build opportunity, securing a plot will be top of your list – but where should you start your search? BuildStore’s Raymond Connor investigates.

Selecting furniture for any room within the home can be an exciting task, but it can also seem quite tricky as there are so many elements to consider. Here Zoe Hartridge, Senior Designer at New i.D Interiors, offers her advice on where to start for a self-build project.

Anthony Neary, Managing Director at safe.co.uk, advises on the best placement for security cameras.

Here Niall Deiraniya, General Manager at DRU Fires UK, explains how to create an impressive contemporary fireplace without a chimney.

If you are planning any sort of home renovation, extension or just updating your home, bi-fold doors can certainly add that touch of elegance and luxury. But, creating that wow factor and easy access to outdoor living starts with making sure you have the right measurements.

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