Welcome to the February edition of i-build magazine! This issue is packed with inspirational projects and products as well as useful advice for your self-build. To add to those annual January blues, the first month…
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Looking Glass Lodge is a beautifully-designed, ultra-modern lodge hidden in dense, charming woodland in East Sussex’s village of Fairlight, not too far from the county’s rugged, picturesque coastline.
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Here at i-Build, we’ve been following Rob Hunt’s water tower conversion for quite some time. Throughout the past two years, we’ve been avidly watching Rob’s inspirational progress as he battled the complexities naturally associated with…
Tagged under   renovation    design    architect    inspiration    innovative homes    innovation    conversion    water tower    derelict building    homebuilding    self build    unique homes    modern    unique 
Give your home the wow factor with an eye-catching colour choice. Just like landscaping and hardscaping your driveway, colour coordinating your garage door colours with your home can make a big first impression and set…
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In this two-part article, we talk to Unplugged, a digital detox experience brand that embraces the idea of off-grid cabin living, about the benefits of taking the plunge into this quiet, more minimal way of…
Tagged under   cabin    design    self build    self builders    home design    tiny homes    cabin living    off grid    ideas    architect 
The South East Homebuilding & Renovating Show is set to return to the Farnborough International Exhibition & Conference Centre between 14 and 15th January, responding to visitors’ concerns and questions about improving their energy efficiency…
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Welcome to the January edition of i-build magazine! This issue is packed with inspirational projects and products as well as useful advice for your self-build. The New Year will see many spades hitting the ground…
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Welcome to the December edition of i-build magazine! This issue is packed with inspirational projects and products as well as useful advice for your self-build. The most wonderful time of the year is upon us,…
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The latest development by one of the country’s leading luxury housebuilders is making full use of Marmox Multiboard’s benefits in converting a series of former agricultural buildings into half a dozen high specification homes. Maybanks…
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After what has been a difficult year for many, the Regional Energy Efficiency Awards 2022 have arrived and awarded a collection of companies for their amazing achievements.
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Robert Hirschfield Architects has completed a full renovation and restoration of a large Arts and Crafts period home in London's Hampstead Garden suburb.
Tagged under   design    architect    home    house    building design    renovation    urban    urban sanctuary    urban design    london    restoration 
Contemporary and sustainable architecture practice CaSA has cleverly remodelled an original 1960s property with a focus on affordable and futureproofed solutions, creating an intelligently-refurbished family home that was recently announced as the 2022 Royal Institute…
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The experts from Wire Fence are here to help you gain a better understanding of the tips and tricks regarding some popular gabion projects, so you have every detail you need on hand to start…
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Winter is here, but unfortunately, so too are rising energy costs. Darren Whelpton-Smith from online building materials retailer Plumbing Superstore, part of CMO Group, looks at some of the heating options available to help self-builders…
Tagged under   heating    hvac    self build    renovation    home improvement    diy    inspiration    tips    central heating    underfloor heating 
Tiles are a fantastic option for many self-build projects, with the right choice offering the ideal combination of practicality and style. As we fast approach the New Year, Gemma Haynes, Specification Manager at leading commercial…
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It’s a great feeling to turn that dusty, dark old loft into your favourite room in the house. You might have a growing family and need an extra bedroom. It could be a home office,…
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Living in the countryside can be much better for your health than living in a city centre. Less petrol and diesel fumes, bigger gardens, country walks with the family dog, and growing your own fruits…
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Something that is commonly confused is the difference between timber framing and post and beam construction. Here Vermont Timber Works explains more.
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It is well established and understood by self builders, architects and developers that well designed and attractive garage doors add to the overall feel and value of a property.
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A self-build project in the stunning countryside of North East England has benefitted from Isover’s Metac, chosen for its excellent thermal and acoustic properties, as well as being the perfect fit for the architectural design…
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The relationship between handmade bricks and mortar is very similar to that of the referee in a football match. Mortar, like a referee, is absolutely essential to a successful outcome – but the less you…
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Rex Nye, who owns online builders’ merchants NYEs Building Supplies, provides his top tips for making sure you’re getting the best from your garden.
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To create a new-look bathroom, on a budget, there are a few simple updates which can create a big impact. Bathroom and tile retailer, Easy Bathrooms, has outlined a handful of ideas to bring this…
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Stacy Eden, Partner, Head of Property and Construction at national audit, tax, advisory and risk firm, Crowe, explains how will this impact on the property industry.
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CB Homes has recently won a top industry accolade for its stunning lakeside development in Cheshire, on the site of a derelict country restaurant. The project, The Mill Pool, is a residential development of two…
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London-based renovator, MyEdge2.com, has converted the interior of a 19th century flat to meet needs of young urban professionals. The specialist recently finished the complete structural renovation and interior refurbishment of a ground floor flat…
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Whether you’re working on an old or a new building, read on to discover why Simon Ayres of Lime Green believes lime has the answers. Simon gave up building to focus on manufacturing lime because…
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If you’re looking to replace your windows, picking windows for your self-build project or plan to have a rooflight installed, it can be difficult deciding whether to choose double or triple glazing. Each carries their…
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With the changes in lifestyle and the cost of buying a new home outweighing the cost of renovating or extending a property, it’s not surprising that the ‘don’t move, improve’ philosophy continues to strengthen.
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The Dulux Colour of the Year for 2019 is Spiced Honey – a rich natural tone that fills the space between caramel and mocha with a warm and understated earthiness.
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Loxone has put together a list of 10 top tips to accommodate smart home technology into your self-build project.
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Bi-fold doors run along a simple track and are hinged to fold open. They are a popular choice for external back doors in both new-builds and period properties.
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Clay roof tiles remain as popular as ever, adding a beautiful finishing touch to the roof of any home. Roof Stores’ clay roof tile guide will tell you everything you need to know about clay…
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Nestled in the vales of the Eastern Townships, near the Vermont border, the Abercorn Chalet is the brainchild of Laurent Guez, Designer and Partner at Tux Creative. His aim was to create a unique living…
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This light-filled house, an hour and a half from Montreal, is literally hanging from a cliff as its name, Dans l’Escarpement, implies in French. It is located on land pertaining to an estate started over…
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When London-based architecture studio, Loud. Architecture & Interior Design, was approached to transform a run-down property in Stoke Newington, its Founder Kate Clare jumped at the chance to not only bring the property’s construction and…
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The latest self-build market report from AMA Research, highlights the strong disconnect between the number of available sites and where people want to build.
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Established in 1994, The Sash Window Workshop specialises in the manufacture, installation and repair of timber windows and doors.
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There’s a steep learning curve when you’re building or carrying out a large renovation project. Homebuilding & Renovating Show specialists who have lived through it describe the most common pitfalls and how to avoid them.
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For Jude Hesselgrave, home is not just where her heart is, it’s also where her roots lie. After renting in London and then buying and renovating a house near Brighton with her partner, Roger Page,…
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When decorating your self-build bathroom, picking the right scheme to create a calm and relaxing environment might feel like a difficult task.
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Ideal Home Show, sponsored by Zoopla, the world’s longest running exhibition, has returned to Olympia London from Friday 22nd March to Sunday 7th April 2019.
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Deciding on the windows and doors is an important part of a building project. The decision not only affects the look of the property, but also impacts on the thermal efficiency.
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Perhaps one result of aircrete’s popularity as an above-ground masonry material has been a lack of awareness of its suitability for use below DPC level. In the British construction industry, using aircrete as a foundation…
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In 2016, new legislation came into force which meant that councils now have a duty to grant planning permission to appropriate serviced plots as part of the ‘Right to Build’ entitlement. This was part of…
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Steve Elliott’s aim was to convert a dilapidated 16th century apple storage barn and some outbuildings from agricultural use to a residential haven for his family.
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Choosing a kitchen is no easy task. Whether you’re in the midst of a complete renovation or simply updating an old style, the finer details of the process can complicate matters and it helps to…
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Here Jacksons Fencing explains how you can save money by installing pressure treated fencing vs untreated fencing and why treated timber is not as susceptible to insect and rot attack, wind damage or harsh weather…
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The impact of heating system selection on heating bills could be of great consequence for your new build project for many years to come. Environmental pressures have boosted the appetite and need for low carbon…
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VELUX® Company Ltd has appointed a new managing director to lead its roof window business from its UK headquarters in Fife, Scotland.
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Luxury Flooring and Furnishings have remained dedicated to providing exceptional products with the best availability. Their dedicated team of experts are always on the lookout for the highest quality materials, unique designs, and best prices,…
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Leading construction connector manufacturer Simpson Strong-Tie has upgraded its Building Safer Structures 2019 seminar, approved by the CPD Certification Service and Engineers Ireland.
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When the founder of the Complete Energy Consultancy set about designing a brand new home for himself and his family, he identified Marmox Thermoblock as the ideal means of tackling thermal bridging around the floor/wall…
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Green Building Store has been supplying low energy projects since 1995 across the UK and can provide the technical knowledge, support and high performance products to help you achieve your selfbuild project.
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As your property’s exterior offers the perfect opportunity to make a first impression, it is the ideal starting point to making home improvements.
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Self-building in the countryside can throw up a unique set of challenges, especially if your plot is off-grid. Having no access to mains gas means you’ll need to consider what fuel you’re going to use…
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Futurebuild is returning to the ExCeL, London, in March 2019, and will place a focus on exploring and tackling the biggest challenges impacting the built environment. The event will be a unique destination for visitors…
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Upcycling is all about taking your worn and loved items and giving them a new lease of life. We all have some old furniture around the house which could do with a fresh lick of…
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Here is a step-by-step self-builder’s timeline for building an oak-framed house so you know what to expect throughout the journey.
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The Environment Agency (EA) introduced new rules regarding the discharge of treated sewage by systems installed and in use on or after 1st January 2015.
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Bisca refurbished the staircase in a multi-storey Victorian property, transforming the entrance hall in the process.
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A leaky, broken or damaged roof can be a costly and timely expense to UK homeowners. A simple routine check of your roof could save you a lot of money in the long run. In…
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News that the UK is aiming to ban gas grid connections to new-build homes from 2025 serves as a clear indication that the development of sustainable eco homes of the future should, in fact be…
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Hidden within the 30-acre site of Butterhills in the north of Devon, the beautiful Linhay has been rescued from a state of ruin.
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Mike and Pawana Spencer-Nairn left Jersey in the Channel Islands and moved to the UK in 2005 to realise a remarkable Scottish Highland experience in the wilderness. They created Eagle Brae, a sustainable ecotourism business…
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Earthborn has launched its new classic colour card. Overstated colour is trending and with Earthborn’s 7 new hues, each imbued with fresh, fluid energy, you can carry your space to a new, contemporary realm.
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The Sash Window Workshop is celebrating 25 years of business. The company was established on the 11th February 1994 by Richard Dollar. Initially operating from a small pig shed in Ascot the company has grown…
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From 5 to 7th February, Surface Design Show 2019 will take place at London’s Business Design Centre to provide a platform for architects, designers and specifiers to explore the best in interior and exterior surface…
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The National Self Build & Renovation Show returns for a packed three days of live demonstrations, seminars and an unrivalled line up of experts on hand to share their advice. It’s a brilliant event if…
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The Listed Property Show, organised by the Listed Property Owners’ Club (LPOC), is back with the biggest-ever flagship show at Olympia, London, for the 13th year. Running from 9 to 10th February, attendees can expect…
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If you’re planning a self-build, renovating a property or looking to add light, space or value to your current home, then a trip to Build It Live will be an essential part of your preparation.
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Finding the right light fittings to use in your bathroom can be a tricky matter, especially if your electrician or quick internet search points towards IP44-rated fittings. Whilst there are areas where IP44-rated fittings are…
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Flood resistance and flood resilience measures are both important aspects of protecting your property against flooding, but what is the difference and what do they entail?
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Many people dream of increasing the size of their property, but do you need planning permission to extend? Here Gareth Boyd, Director at 2020 Architects, explains everything you need to consider.
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Burglaries are reported to increase during the winter months, leaving many UK homes vulnerable to opportunistic thieves at this time of year.
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Fixed air conditioners have become common in many homes in the UK. They keep you comfortable throughout the day and can significantly aid sleeping at night through hot spells. The energy savings are thought so…
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The glow of a real woodburner and the soaring flames of a gas stove are ever popular, but owning one does not suit everyone’s lifestyle.
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A retired neurosurgeon is poised to welcome his first Airbnb guests to a converted concrete water tower at the bottom of his garden – thanks to an imaginative transformation of the decommissioned edifice.
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No matter where you are installing a floor, the colour is an important consideration. The wrong choice can create disastrous results making the room look unsightly.
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This month, Stephen Malkin, Associate at Whiting & Partners, discusses your financing options when building your dream home.
Tagged under   financing    self build 
Your garage door probably isn’t at the forefront of your mind when designing your self-build but it can make a significant difference to the end result. There’s an abundance to choose from – here, i-build…
Tagged under   garages    selfbuild 
Don’t restrict your use of glass to windows. Innovative design will allow you to replace other building materials with structural glass with some truly exciting results.
Tagged under   glass    structural glass    glazing    window 
Over the centuries, zinc has proven to be a reliable, durable, corrosion-resistant and attractive metal for use in roofing and cladding. In this article, Marta Danylenko, Marketing Manager at materials search engine Matmatch, explains the…
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Sash windows have timeless appeal and can be found on historical and period properties across the UK. Unfortunately, they are not known for their energy efficiency despite being renowned for their visual appeal.
Tagged under   windows    ventilation    glazing    energy efficiency 
If you are looking to replace your back door, one option you may wish to consider is to install a stable door.
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Security is one of the top questions that most of us are concerned with when it comes to purchasing or specifying a new door. So what are the questions that you need to ask or…
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Renovating a period property is a labour of love. Amongst the nice decisions, such as which Farrow & Ball paint to choose or whether to use William Morris wallpaper to make a feature wall in…
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Here, CORE Landscape Products focuses on the facts and myths surrounding SuDS-compliant domestic driveways and patios.
Tagged under   driveway    patio    SuDS    drainage 
Rotpunkt, designer and manufacturer of quality German kitchen furniture, looks at the latest interior trends set to wow the kitchen market in 2019.
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During the winter months, our bodies crave warmth and light. This along with the ‘hygge’ trend from Denmark, are key when enhancing our sense of wellbeing over the coming months.
Tagged under   heating    lighting    bathroom 
With kitchen design evolving at a rapid pace, there’s more inspiration out there than ever before for homeowners considering a refresh in 2019.
Tagged under   kitchen    concrete    worktop 
When Kent-based Architect Brian Heron and his wife Ayesha discovered a disused water tank space on one of Bethnal Green’s iconic tower blocks for sale for residential use, they knew this was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity…
Tagged under   architect    self build    planning    listed 
Christopher Ploutarhou’s parents had owned the same plot of land in Cyprus for many years and he’d always loved it there. The view from the plot was phenomenal so it seemed clear to him what…
Tagged under   plot    self build    bedroom    holiday    staircase 
With few wanting to commit to the process of building their dream home from scratch, why not go about making changes that make your current abode appear custom-built instead? Ryan Abell, Owner of Abell Building…
Tagged under   conversion    garage    restoration    home 
The cost of refurbishing a property or constructing a new build can be significant. However, tax relief is often available for certain expenditure on non-residential property.The term ‘non-residential property’ includes furnished holiday lets and staff…
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We offer a wide range of premium, yet excellent value, flooring products that you won’t find in the typical outlets, such as DIY Stores and Builders Merchants. All boards are cut from excellent quality materials…
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The National Self Build & Renovation Show returns for a packed three days of live demonstrations, seminars and an unrivalled line up of experts on hand to share their advice. It’s a brilliant event if…
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As UK house prices and stamp duties continue to increase the costs of moving, a growing number of people have begun improving their homes in favour of making a move.
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Unless you work within the construction industry and have access to the equipment required to carry out building projects, such as podium steps, extension ladders or scaffolding towers, you may need to rent scaffolding systems…
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