April 2016

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


When I speak to self-builders and renovators who have recently completed their own projects, many often reveal that their dream home was found in the most unlikely setting or circumstance. The general consensus among the self-build community is to never rule anything out! Some of you may have an exact vision of the perfect house in the perfect location, but in reality, this cannot always be accomplished. That being said, you may be surprised by what other opportunities are out there. Sometimes, the best results come from ‘thinking outside the box’ and being open-minded.

This is exactly what happened for Tan Jeraj who was in search of a long-term home for his family. Whilst looking for a house, Tan received a call from his local agent about a bungalow that had come on the market. Dead set against the idea of purchasing a bungalow, he had his reservations, but went along for a viewing regardless as he was familiar with the area. According to Tan, this was the best decision he’d ever made. The potential of the small and dated property was huge and immediately Tan had visions of transforming it into something spectacular. You can read more about his story on page 18.

Elsewhere in this edition, our design pages are bursting with inspiration to help you add those essential finishing touches. Now that Spring has sprung, we have collated some of the latest floral furnishings perfect for enriching your scheme with warming hues. For those in search of more eccentric accessories, we have also brought you a host of fun and quirky furniture pieces that can really help you put your stamp on a house. If elegance is more your style, you will find a selection of Art Deco-inspired pieces that exude pure luxury.

I hope you enjoy this issue. Don’t forget, if you’re coming to the end of your self-build project and would like to offer your home as inspiration for other budding home-builders, please don’t hesitate to contact me at the usual address. Alternatively, if you’re just beginning your self-build journey and would be keen for us to document your progress, do get in touch!