July 2023

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

With the UK experiencing increasing temperatures year after year, our way of life and housing demands have undergone noticeable changes in recent years. The shifting climate, characterised by wetter winters and hotter, drier summers, has led us to adapt our homes to accommodate these new circumstances. This presents a unique advantage for self-builders and home renovators, allowing them to customise their residences to suit their needs perfectly.

Each passing summer brings even higher temperatures, prompting Brits to spend more time outdoors in their gardens. Furthermore, with the continued prevalence of hybrid working in the post-COVID era, many individuals choose to set up their workstations in sunny garden spaces during the summer. As a result, homeowners are dedicating more time to creating versatile garden areas that serve multiple purposes. These spaces can offer a tranquil setting to tend to work-related tasks, such as answering emails and preparing reports, while basking in the sun. Additionally, livelier sections are designed for alfresco dining and enjoying evening drinks.

In this month's edition, we talk to Antony Reed, General Manager of Birkdale's DuraPost division, who shares valuable insights on improving garden aesthetics and enhancing security through the use of contemporary fencing solutions. For further details, refer to page 34.

Elsewhere, we take you on a captivating journey to experience the invigorating coastal breeze of Cornwall as we explore the latest architectural marvel by Of Architects. Titled 'Esplanade – House by the Sea,' this stunning residence is nestled along the rugged and jagged Cornish coastline, offering breathtaking views of Fistral Bay in Newquay. Turn to page 16 to take in this awe-inspiring home.

I hope you enjoy this issue. Don’t forget, if you’re coming to the end of your self-build and would like us to feature your home as inspiration for other budding house-builders, then please do not hesitate to get in touch. Alternatively, if you’re about to embark on your self-build journey and would be keen for us to document your progress, do get in contact.

Rebecca Kemp

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