February 2016

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.


The remarkable thing about self-build is that every building is unique. Homeowners' preferences are all different, as are their aesthetic tastes, space requirements and budgets. While some homebuilders choose to design for the moment, others plan for the future – and this is exactly what sets apart our two spotlight case studies this month.

Featured on page 24, Sustainable Living explores a family home built on a family-owned farmyard using the highest quality energy-efficient technologies. Despite being up against several planning restrictions, the property boasts ample room for the family to enjoy. Meanwhile on page 30, i-build tells how professional architect couple David Liddicoat and Sophie Goldhill scoured the streets of London for a plot that was both affordable and had planning potential. The result is The Shadow House – an urban gem that is neatly tucked away in a highly sought-after location. Clever design and meticulous attention to detail enabled the couple to maximise all the space available on this tiny area of land.

Elsewhere in this issue, we reveal the hottest bathroom trends that were identified by a panel of experts at a recent Mira Showers 'discussions' event. From technology through to textures and tones, these latest styles are sure to inspire your bathroom design choices. Turn to page 40 for more information. Meanwhile on page 38, i-build has sourced a selection of fun and quirky beds designed especially for children. Help your little ones settle into their new rooms by introducing playful pieces.

For those yet to embark on building their own home, be sure not to miss the wide variety of trade events that are on offer throughout the country. Coming soon is The Listed Property Show (highlights available on page 14) which is tailored to owners of listed properties or prospective owners. Offering expert guidance on maintaining, altering or restoring properties, the show is a vital resource to ascertain the correct procedures.

Also imminent on the event calendar is Ecobuild. Here, visitors can discover the latest in smart technologies as well as top quality building materials. Find out more on page 16. Lastly, for those who were unable to attend Build It Live Kent, the exhibition will be hosted further north later this month at Manchester's Trafford Centre.

I hope you enjoy this issue. Don't forget, if you're coming to the end of your self-build journey and would like to offer your home as inspiration for other budding home-builders, please contact me at [email protected].