May 2016

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


The relationship you have with your key project team members is integral to the success of your self-build. For many, this project is a once in a lifetime opportunity, therefore a lot is at stake. Among the many inevitable challenges that you will encounter throughout your journey, experiencing despondent or difficult tradesmen should not be one of them. After all, you put your trust and money into these professionals – and equally, they are dependent on your direction – so establishing a good relationship is key.

In this month’s issue, the Federation of Master Builders talks to i-build about the importance of finding the right builder. Appointing a trusted and recommended contractor can seem like a daunting task, but with the right tools and platforms you can easily source reputable companies. Turn to page 15 to read how Zoe and Stuart Webber selected their team.

Meanwhile, on page 24, i-build catches up with Brian Murray who attributes much of his self-build’s success to his architect and designer, Nigel Collingswood at Qube Design. With a strong desire to replicate the Arts and Crafts period, Brian turned to Nigel to emulate the key detailing that he admired so much, and the results truly do speak for themselves.

Elsewhere in this issue, our design pages showcase some of the leading home trends. If you’re tempted to bring an African theme into your home, then our Moroccan-inspired focus is bound to provide you with decorative inspiration. Alternatively, if you’re after subtler tones, turn to page 10 for pure pastel indulgence. Meanwhile, we also focus on denim-inspired fabrics, ideal for a daring design statement.

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!