Little did Nic Downs and Carolyn Merrifield realise that when they saw a garden plot for sale down a cul-de-sac in leafy Cyncoed, Cardiff, that it would change the direction of their lives.

01 Dec 2017
Villa Geef is one of Damilano Studio Architects’ most recent residential projects. Nestled in the charming town of Sondrio, Italy, this exquisite build replaces an area that was once used as a break-out space for employees of a nearby electric company. Here, i-build talks to Villa Geef’s homeowner and Principal…

Situated in a heavily wooded site, ‘the Quest’ is a replacement self-build in Swanage, Dorset. Overlooking the picturesque Durlston Country Park, the sloping site – home to protected mature trees – played a key role in dictated the positioning of the dwelling.

Three stone ruins standing strong on a hillside located on the northern edge of Penryn, Cornwall, was all the inspiration that Dan Thompson required for the design and build of a sympathetic barn conversion.

The Maryville Passivhaus is a continuation of research by Joseph Thurrott Architects into the reinterpretation of Scottish rural vernacular buildings to meet modern, low-energy demands. The owners, Ian and Mary Sweetland, have had a far from straightforward process completing their self-build. Here, Ian explains his difficulties and offers his advice…

When David Smith’s parents built within the grounds of their garden, David realised he had a similar opportunity on his hands.

Marzouk Al-Bader has always been passionate about architecture and design and it has been his lifelong dream to design and build his own home. Inspired by the landscape of his surroundings, Marzouk has created his very own coastal holiday home in north Cornwall.

When a north London family required an extensive redevelopment for their Edwardian detached home, they called on the help of Robert Hirschfield Architects to dramatically reorder the rooms and create a rear extension to meet their evolving needs.

As former owner of the white iconic Mini Cooper S from classic heist movie The Italian Job, the last place you’d expect Bramley-based Electrical Engineer Mike Dodsworth to be living is a former police station.

In search of something different, Steph and Hugh Craigie utilised their industry experience to navigate their way through planning restrictions and conceptualise a contemporary family home in Aberdeen.

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