June 2023

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

As we dive into the world of self-build and home renovation, we bring you a plethora of exciting articles that will inspire and inform you on your journey to creating your dream living space.

In our Viewpoint feature, Kyle Burns, Customer Success Manager at Trimble SketchUp, shares valuable insights on when it's more sensible to renovate rather than demolish. Discover the factors to consider and the benefits of breathing new life into existing structures on page 10.

For those considering building in rural areas, Melanie Clear, Founder and Director of Clear Architects, guides us through the pros and cons in her article on building in the countryside. From drainage and utilities to environmental impact and design, gain a comprehensive understanding of the considerations that come with rural construction on page 12.

Prepare to be captivated by the 'Urban Sanctuary' we unveil in this issue. Step inside a beautifully-refurbished period apartment in Bloomsbury, London, expertly designed by LLI Design. This two-bedroom pied-a-terre perfectly harmonises modern aesthetics with historic charm, showcasing high ceilings, original features and an eclectic blend of contemporary and inherited furniture. Turn to page 14 to take the full tour.

Meanwhile, our Impressive Innovation feature on page 22 showcases Hollaway Studio's remarkable contemporary extension for Vicarage Farm in the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Shortlisted for the prestigious RIBA 2023 South East Awards, this design seamlessly merges old and new, resulting in an elevated aesthetic that complements its surroundings.

Finally, discover the advantages of pivot doors in Stairways Midlands' article. Not only do they add a stylish touch to your space, but they also offer practicality and accessibility that can enhance your daily life. Turn to page 20 for the full story.

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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