February 2015

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

If you are planning to build your own home, it’s easy to get caught up in the small details and design aesthetics. However, finalising your project’s financing needs to be top of your home-building to-do list. For those that aren’t in the fortunate position of self-funding, self-build mortgages differ from those you would use to buy a house. To explain all the nitty-gritty details, Rachel Pyne from one-stop self-build navigator Buildstore presents how to find the right mortgage scheme for your project in this month’s Viewpoint.

Although you may not want to admit that money makes the world go around, when it comes to building your own home – in the words of a well-known supermarket brand – every little certainly does help. The Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive has seen just under a year of offering financial support to the owners of renewable heating systems, which appeals greatly to the increasing number of self-builders placing eco-friendly incentives at the heart of their projects. To find out if your products qualify for this money-earning scheme, read our special renewable focus on page 42.

One project that has centered itself on sustainable elements is Jane and Ian McClintock’s new Suffolk home. The couple has included five different products that utilise renewable resources for heating as well as hot water. Read more about this stunning example of modern sustainable living on page 28.

As always, this issue is bursting with inspirational home-build and renovation examples as well as expert advice. If you are coming to the end of your self-build journey and would like to offer your home as an inspiration for other budding home-builders, please contact me on the usual address with a brief overview of your project and you might see your home in an upcoming issue of i-build magazine.