March 2024

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

The daffodils are beginning to emerge, and delicate twigs on trees are taking on a soft, baby-pink hue with sprouting blossoms, which signals the imminent arrival of spring. Along with the anticipation of warmer weather and longer days, many of us are considering home improvements for the upcoming season.

For those interested in self-building or embarking on the lifelong dream of constructing or renovating a highly-efficient Passivhaus home, we have an exciting feature. In an article on page 12, Andy Mitchell, the Managing Director of 21°, shares insights on sourcing the ideal architect for your Passivhaus project, offering six valuable tips for finding the perfect match.

Meanwhile, on page 34, we address the common challenges of working from home and offer a solution: a garden pod as a dedicated home office. Lorna Soar discusses the benefits of this set up, emphasising the importance of separating work and family life.

Lastly, three remarkable projects featured in this edition provide inspiration for future homebuilding or improvement endeavours. The Coach House, located on the Hillhampton House Estate in Worcestershire, has undergone a remarkable renovation, preserving its architectural heritage while transforming into a luxurious family residence. Discover more on page 14.

On page 20, we delve into an urban project that focuses on texture, showcasing the aesthetically-pleasing Terzetto home extension. While, on page 30, Selencky Parsons Architects shares insights into its latest project, Bexhill Road, a semi-detached property renovation featuring a unique coral pod extension.

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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