December 2023

Welcome to the December edition of i-build magazine! This issue is packed with inspirational projects and products as well as useful advice for your self-build.

Last month, I spoke about my lack of enthusiasm for the dark nights and colder weather typical of winter. However, as we enter the month of December, these elements contribute to the enchantment of Christmas. The longer nights provide the perfect backdrop for illuminating our surroundings with twinkling lights, while the brisk chill in the air offers us a reason to snuggle up warmly and fully embrace the timeless traditions of the season.

For those currently engaged in self-building or extensive home renovations, the festive spirit might not be as palpable amidst the muddy mounds of an unfinished house. Nevertheless, it's essential to remember that your determination will eventually yield rewarding results. If this marks your first Christmas in your new abode, congratulations are in order! To help you celebrate, we've curated a list of our top 10 Christmas decorations and accessories, featured on pages 06-07, just for you.

On the flip side, if you've discovered i-Build during your time off throughout the Christmas break and have a budding interest in embarking on your self-build journey, or if you're a seasoned renovator looking to elevate your game by constructing your dream home, you might find pages 10-11 worth exploring. In this section, Andy Kennedy, a Design Specialist at Crendon Timber Engineering, delves into three vital aspects that self-builders should carefully contemplate before embarking on their self-construction venture. Dive into the article for valuable insights if you're in the midst of envisioning your future home.

Lastly, we delve into two remarkable completed projects – a captivating extension and a breathtaking cottage transformation from the ground up. On page 12, you'll uncover the extraordinary story of a dilapidated cottage's rebirth, masterminded by the Octagon Bespoke team. The outcome is a light-filled, five-bedroom residence that's bound to invigorate your senses. Then, on page 18, draw inspiration from the endless possibilities of home extensions, as exemplified by XUL Architecture's innovative rear extension for a family home in Barnet, north London. This design introduces three distinct volumes, allowing copious natural light to grace the entire dwelling and effectively doubling the internal living space.

With warm greetings from the entire i-Build magazine team, I want to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. It has truly been a pleasure and a continuous source of inspiration to witness the homes you've all built and renovated this year. I eagerly await the unfolding of the next 12 months. See you all in 2024 for more exciting ventures!

Rebecca Kemp

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