October 2015

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


Whether due to time delays or financial limitations, self-build projects are renowned for not running quite to plan. Philip and Caroline Harrison’s home-building project in this month’s Rural Retreat came up against several unexpected complications, including struggles gaining planning permission and difficulties in getting material to the site. Although they experienced complications, first time self-builders Philip and Caroline loved their home-building adventure and are now looking for another plot to do the whole thing again.

This month’s Urban Sanctuary is the project of someone who’s no stranger to the complications of home building. Having helped many others to achieve their domestic architectural desires, architect Adam Knibb has now utilised his skills in transforming his own home. The extension’s modern cubic design is a striking contrast to the original Victorian property. Not only has it added more space to Adam’s home, but it has also provided him with the opportunity to demonstrate his architectural prowess. Read about his innovative project on page 28.

As always, this issue is filled with home building advice from the experts on everything self-build. Highlights include how to choose the right lighting scheme on page 38, the secrets to a hassle-free bathroom project on page 36 and why straw bale is a safe and versatile construction method on page 42. For further advice visit i-buildmagazine.com, where you can read past issues and browse the latest self-build products. To access this resource on the move you can download the i-build App for free from the App Store and Google Play – simply search ‘i-build’.

If you are coming to the end of your project and would like to offer your home as inspiration to other self-builders, contact me at the usual address and tell me all about your self-build journey.