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.

Exclusively for i-build, Matt Nimmons, Managing Director of CEDIA EMEA, provides self-builders with the latest advice on how to install smart home installations that can stand the test of time and what elements need to be considered when designing a wider home integration project.

Stefan Weisshuhn, Architect and Head of WeberHaus UK – premium, prefabricated homes specialist – explains how the design and build of your own home should be future-proofed to remain perfect for you and your lifestyle forever.

After moving house in September 2015, Thomas Oliver and Erika Harris purchased a three-bedroom property in Oxford and planned to adapt the house for their growing family.

Speed and accuracy are crucial to a successful self-build project. When building to a strict budget and deadline, delays can be stressful, costly and can ultimately jeopardise completion. Sourcing and adopting appropriate materials and methods of construction can help combat these pressures and provide both short- and long-term financial benefits.

When those blustery winds of winter first kick in, it can be tempting to shut the door on your lawn only to return when spring blooms. Lawn care experts at Hayter, maker of the finest mowers, and Toro, a global leader in turf care and maintenance, have shared some tips…

Hindsight is a wonderful thing. Many of us look back and say “in hindsight, I would have done things differently”. However, few get the chance to rectify their mistakes. Luckily for second-time self-builder Henry Martin, an available plot of land allowed him to amend elements in the design of his…

If you want to own a unique and attractive property that suits your family’s needs and is worth more than you paid to construct it, then self-building could be ideal for you, says Rachel Pyne at BuildStore.

Self-build projects account for 7 to 10% of new housing in England each year (around 12,000 homes); a figure dwarfed by 80% in Austria and 60% in France. Barriers to self-build in England include; lack of available financing, planning and regulation processes as well as land supply and procurement. In…

Outdoor kitchens are increasingly being seen in the design of high-end homes, both in the city on urban roof terraces as well as in the leafier parts of town.

Here Michelle Taylor, Product Manager for Myson, explains the benefits of opting for underfloor heating in a self-build project.

Yeoman Rainguard advises on choosing the right rainwater system for your self-build project.

A new look in glass-walled balconies is coming this spring, with the release of a leading-edge system designed by Surrey balustrade specialist, Balconette.

When choosing a garage door for a self-build project, there are several options to consider. To help you decide on what style is right for you, Mark Lester, Training Manager at one of the UK’s leading garage door manufacturers Hörmann, has your questions answered.

Sanjit Bahra, Founder of DesignPlusLight, is an award-winning lighting specialist with over 19 years’ experience in architectural lighting design. With a passion for lighting, Sanjit offers his view on why lighting your home is so important.

Ground investigation for foundation design is crucial to avoid potential future problems which may result from differential settlement in weak ground or soil shrinking and swelling due to tree root activity. Here environmental consultant, Soil Environment Services, explains further.

Research conducted by Wienerberger – a leading UK provider of building material solutions – has revealed that UK consumers are largely in the dark about solar power.

As an Architect, Michael Montgomery has always had the desire to design and build his own home, where each element could have a personalised touch. After inheriting a plot of land in Saintfield, Northern Ireland, Michael’s interests in low-cost building materials and low-energy technologies have been realised in the design…

The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is a planning charge introduced by the Planning Act 2008 as a tool for local authorities in England and Wales. Monies from CIL can help local authorities deliver infrastructure to support the development of their area, such as travel improvements and schools. Here, Sarah Chilcott,…

BuildStore’s Rachel Pyne discusses why renovation projects are so successful and explains the best way to fund your next venture.

Self-builders put a lot of effort into securing their homes, but many forget to offer equal attention to outbuildings and sheds. Here, The Master Locksmith Association sheds light on garden security.

Tracy Alder and Andrew Laidler purchased a 16th century farmhouse in rural Northumberland with a view to carry out a complete renovation project and create a beautiful home for themselves and their 10-year-old son.

Choosing to build with oak is usually a matter of taste. We love it for its strength, raw beauty and warmth. There simply is nothing like a traditionally-designed oak framed house. If building your dream home is not quite on the agenda yet, there are many ways you can use…

When specifying smart home technology, there are many variables to consider. Even the most tech-savvy self-builder can miss opportunities or make potentially costly mistakes if they are not aware of the possible pitfalls.

Forest of Dean Stone Firms has supplied a range of architectural and landscaping features for a private residence in the Wye Valley. The three-storey, Georgian house is now complemented by an orangery, portico and formal terrace crafted from Forest of Dean Pennant sandstone.

The self-build market is increasingly turning to underfloor heating (UFH) over alternative radiator solutions. However, the practicalities of incorporating UFH systems into a self-build design project depend on several considerations. In this feature, Nigel Sanger, Technical Manager at JG Speedfit, a leading underfloor heating specialist, looks at how different floor…

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