Mr and Mrs Lawson were looking to create a home from home in their London mews property. Having worked with them previously on their country house in Devon, John Cullen Lighting was familiar with their taste and keen eye for detail. Here, Design Director, Luke Thomas, talks i-build through the…

05 Jan 2018
Comfort is fundamental to the purpose of a building. So why do we find it so hard to ensure our buildings are actually comfortable? Why does our ‘world-class’ architecture still fail to provide comfortable buildings to live, work, learn and play in? Here, Architect and Passivhaus Designer, Elrond Burrell, explores…

With decorators, self-builders and renovators facing increasing time pressures, finishing a job on time has never been so important. At Dulux Trade, we dedicate a huge amount of time to understanding appliers and specifiers’ real needs to ensure that the products we produce facilitate the best results and allow the…

04 Dec 2017
When Perry and Christina Vann purchased an agricultural property in north-west England, they had grand plans to bring the building back to life, with all the latest mod cons. With panoramic pastoral views of rolling grasslands, the Vann’s principal priority was to preserve their view of this landscape with a…

Imperial Bricks has supplied its handmade bricks for a unique self-build barn-style family home in Canon Pyon, Herefordshire. The village is in a rural setting and any new development had to be sympathetic with its surroundings.

Did you know about the legislation surrounding septic tanks that are causing costly problems for home-builders, developers and owners? No? According to Richard Leigh, Group Development Director at Lanes for Drains, you’re not alone.

01 Dec 2017
This striking energy-efficient home is quietly nestled in the peaceful grounds of a Grade II Listed property in South Oxfordshire. A small stream curls around the front of the property, giving it a sense of tranquillity and separation from the main house.

Architect and TV Presenter George Clarke knows a thing or two about the quirks of styling all kinds of period properties; from Victorian and Mid-Century to cutting-edge and contemporary. With this in mind, Hillarys, a UK-leading supplier of made-to-measure window dressings, challenged George to create amazing windows in three architecturally…

In January 2013, David Cameron, the then Conservative Prime Minister, under great pressure from various sides promised a referendum on whether the UK would stay in the European Union or leave. Fearful of not getting re-elected in the 2015 general election, due to the mounting pressure in Parliament, David Cameron…

In the world of self-build, one of the challenges of selecting and specifying building materials is the sheer number of products on offer. A higher specification more often than not equates to a higher price rather than better performance. For self-builders renovating or building in a classic style, it’s vital…

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