Underfloor heating isn’t a new invention; in fact, the concept was being utilised as far back as Roman times. Gallery Ever-increasing in popularity today, a heating system will bring that added touch of luxury to…
Steve and Judith Slater's severely-neglected bungalow was in need of a complete refurbishment in order to make it habitable again. With a brief to create a comfortable and sustainable home to enjoy their retirement, the…
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Padraig Hurley, Self-Build Manager at Taylor Lane Timber Frame, explores the green benefits of timber frame and how this modern method of construction can positively impact the quality of life and reduce energy costs.
Having worked with self-builders using timber-frame construction methods throughout his entire career, Paul Duffin was well aware of the financial benefits of building your own home. So, when the opportunity arose for Paul and his…
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First impressions count, and the exterior of your property is the first thing visitors will see when it comes to your newly-built or renovated house. While robust fencing and gates protect your home and vehicles,…
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A new poll has revealed that natural sunlight is the most crucial element for home working wellbeing in Scotland and the North East. Here, Adam Slade, Operations Director from Roof Window Outlet, looks at some…
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Building materials supplier Southern Sheeting has launched a range of garden room kit buildings, providing builders and contractors with further access to these sought-after additions to properties.
Tagged under   exterior    gardens    garden    renovation    landscaping    sheds    garden room    aluminium 
Welcome to the September edition of i-Build magazine! This issue is packed with inspirational projects and products as well as useful advice for your self-build.   As the evenings promptly draw in, we're turning our…
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F.H. Brundle add two new styles and four new colour options to their Marano® range of stylish, easy to maintain aluminium fencing.
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When the last pub crawler stumbled out of The White House in Highgate Hill, London, little did anyone know that the next time its doors were opened, it would be by someone who really recognised…
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When it comes to a self-build or renovation project, there is a real opportunity to choose a layout, features and materials that will truly enhance day-to-day life. Here, Karl Andrews, Head of Category, Bespoke &…
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In 2011, Jo Wright developed a spinal epidural abscess, resulting in the loss of movement in her legs. This meant she and her husband needed to re-evaluate their living needs.
Tagged under   inspiration    selfbuilders    innovative homes    kitchens    renovation    make over    kitchen    design    innovation 
As energy bills soar and the climate crisis becomes ever more urgent, a tried-and-tested building design standard is coming into its own. The international Passivhaus standard is an ‘efficiency-first’ approach grounded in building physics. Passivhaus…
This contemporary cottage, built in a stunning seashore location on the Lyngen peninsula – a protected heritage area well within the Arctic Circle and one of Norway's National Parks – is defined by its respect…
Tagged under   architecture    nordic    copper    facades    cladding    walls    roofing    construction    building products 
Welcome to the August edition of i-Build magazine! This issue is packed with inspirational projects and products as well as useful advice for your self-build.   Designing and building your own home requires your undivided…
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Exclusive British bathroom brand Elisa™ has announced the availability of its new line-up of premium taps: the Antonella™ collection.
Tagged under   smart homes    technology    basins    baths    taps    fittings    showers    design    KBB    bathrooms    bathroom design 
Changing a staircase is not something one should embark on lightly. However, if it blocks out light, is not well integrated into the house or if it is in a rickety condition, it might be…
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‘The Stables’ in Epping, Essex, is a secluded building that was initially part of a farm. Clear Architects has been involved in construction works here on two separate occasions, dramatically and consistently improving the layout…
Tagged under   selfbuilders    self build    rural homes    conversion    renovation    barn conversion    inspiration    stable 
For self-builders looking to refurbish or install a pool, getting the right balance between style and safety can be a challenge. Using tiles both in and around the water can provide the perfect solution. Still,…
Tagged under   inspiration    swimming pool    tiles    tiling    garden    renovation    design 
When choosing internal or external doors for a self-build or renovation project, design and aesthetic appeal are usually top of the list. But looks aren’t everything.
Tagged under   interior    renovation    home renovation    inspiration    acoustics    doors    diy    home improvement    self build 
When most people think of prefabricated homes, they imagine the modular homes that were popular in the 1970s and ‘80s - small, boxy structures with very little personality. However, modern-day prefabricated homes aren’t anything like…
Tagged under   design    self build    inspiration    carbon neutral    homebuilding    modern    prefab    prefabricated    modular 
Premium British bathroom manufacturer Elisa™ has announced the introduction of a completely customisable, modular shower collection based around Aquahub™ – a unique, concealed valve technology innovated in-house at Elisa.
Tagged under   bathroom design    bathrooms    KBB    design    showers    fittings    taps    baths    basins    technology    smart homes 
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.
Tagged under   renewable energy    energy efficiency    awards    drainage    water solutions    irrigation    water supply 
Glass balustrades are one of the fastest-growing glazing products in Europe and F.H. Brundle have the widest range of innovative, stylish and installer-friendly, handrailing and balustrade ranges available.
Tagged under   balustrades    balconies    stairs    modern    glass    glass balustrade    home improvement    renovation 
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.   Building a home from scratch is a noisy business.…
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Steve Davidson, Marketing Manager at U-PRO, a growing online retailer of trade tools and supplies, explains why buying tools online is a wise choice for the nation’s self-builders embarking on a lifelong goal of building…
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In 2020, Architect Christian Brailey began a project to refurbish and extend a traditional Edwardian property in north London, which was split into four apartments. For Christian and his partner, Faye, a Landscape Designer, using…
Tagged under   design    london houses    london    inspiration    renovation    extension    sustainable house    lime plaster    lime    architect    sustainability 
Woodthorpe Stables is an energy-efficient conversion of a Victorian property in Godalming, Surrey, built using natural materials and led by sustainable principles. The design and self-build was realised by homeowner and Architect, Ed Martin of…
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Award-winning, design-led architecture practice, SSK Architects, achieved planning approval on a corner site in north-west London for a double-storey, side-to-rear, wrap-around extension flush with the boundary. In this article, we talk to Sandeep Saddal, Architectural…
Tagged under   innovative homes    selfbuilders    inspiration    renovation    london    london houses    extensions    architects 
Home improvements have seen a real increase in the two years since the pandemic started and are still proving incredibly popular. This often includes kitchen extensions in all shapes and sizes as they are great…
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Online metal and steel supplier The Metal Store has launched a new range of galvanised and black square clamp fittings for a wide range of building applications. Gallery The square clamps provide an alternative to…
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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.   It’s all hands on deck when undertaking a self-build…
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Fifield Barn, located in Oxfordshire, is part of a Grade II Listed building complex comprising several barns, stables and shelter sheds, and a farmhouse – which have all been regenerated into new homes over the…
If you’re thinking about purchasing a glasshouse or greenhouse for the first time but you don’t know where to start, Hartley Botanic has provided answers to some of the most common questions asked by new…
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While it has long been associated with commercial projects, polished concrete has become increasingly popular in residential properties.
Tagged under   inspiration    home renovation    renovation    interior    polished concrete    concrete    floors    flooring 
From small backyards to larger lawns, online merchant Drainage Superstore has a variety of landscaping and gardening solutions to help breathe new life into your piece of the great outdoors.
Tagged under   drainage    water solutions    irrigation    water supply    landscaping    gardens    garden products    sheds    fencing    decking    paving 
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.   2022’s energy price hike has sent shock waves throughout…
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Consumers today are more conscious than ever about the sustainability credentials of the products they buy and use. There is a clear trend for switching to more sustainable and environmentally friendly products. That’s why so…
Tagged under   decking    Exterior wood    staining    wood finish    finishes    surfaces    sustainable    ecofriendly 
F.H. Brundle have significantly expanded their Synergised decking system with the addition of porcelain tiles, reaching new heights in style and engineering and mimicking the beauty and charm of the finest timbers on the market.…
Tagged under   floors    building products    refurbishment    decking    tiles    timber    sustainable 
International architecture and interiors practice Finkernagel Ross has designed a new-build property situated within the Holland Park conservation area of west London just north of Kensington High Street and south of Holland Park Avenue.
Tagged under   renovation    interior design    interior    inspiration    london    london houses    design    Mews 
Last month, i-Build’s Editor, Rebecca Kemp, had the pleasure of staying in one of the Wye Valley’s most inspirational properties, The Chickenshed. As the name suggests, the once dilapidated building lived its previous existence as…
Tagged under   country living    selfbuilders    self build    Wales    holiday home    rural homes    barn conversion    conversion    renovation 
Wood panelling or cladding can quickly make a home feel warmer and more comfortable. Whether you are looking to elevate your space or upgrade a dated room, adding a touch of paint is a relatively…
Tagged under   interior    make over    renovation    home renovation    paint    inspiration    cladding    panelling 
At times when every available space in the home matters, making the most of the room you have is a must for everyone. When going down is easier than a loft conversion, a basement or…
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One of the UK’s premier events for homebuilding, renovation and improvement makes a welcome return to London for the first time since May 2019. Hosted by TV Presenter and design guru Kevin McCloud, Grand Designs…
Tagged under   home renovation    renovation    homebuilding    event    show    self build    grand designs    self builders 
Elisa™, a new premium bathroom brand, has launched in the UK. First to be unveiled in the Elisa collection will be a range of heritage-style mixer showers and smart digital showers, designed for homeowners seeking…
Tagged under   smart homes    technology    showers    design    KBB    bathrooms    bathroom design    Elisa    taps 
Welcome to the April edition of i-Build magazine! This issue is packed with inspirational projects and products as well as useful advice for your self-build.   t’s always a pleasure to go to see the…
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Here, IQ Glass runs you through 10 elements that you should consider when specifying glass balustrades for a home-building project. Splitting its advice into five internal and five external tips, there’s bound to be invaluable…
Tagged under   renovation    home improvement    glass balustrade    glass    modern    stairs    balconies    balustrades 
As an Interior Designer, it was always a dream of Caoimhe Connolly’s to build her very own home. Sharing that ambition with her husband, Charlie, the pair were recently able to make their homebuilding goals…
Tagged under   ireland    inspiration    self build    self build diaries    selfbuilders    interview    country living 
Lighting plays a massive part in the home. Not just functionally but also aesthetically and biologically. Ensuring your property is well lit is a vital part of interior design that affects the look of a…
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Emma and Neil Jenkins, who work in contemporary design and wellbeing solutions respectively, commissioned John Wilson of Foundation Architects to create a family home full of environmentally-friendly features.
In this article, Verity Lovelock of BBD Architects, a renowned Hampshire practice that specialises in bespoke residential design, reveals the five key questions to ask when appointing an architect.
Tagged under   self build    selfbuilders    edwardian    conversion    homebuilding    diy    architects 
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.   For design professionals, the prospect of designing their very…
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An award-winning housebuilder who develops small sites and sells serviced plots to self-builders is close to completing a development of two dozen high specification homes near the Welsh Coast, having chosen renewables specialist, OMNIE to…
Tagged under   heating    hvac    underfloor heating    construction    specifiers    heat pumps 
When Norfolk-based hut builder, The English Shepherds Hut Co, was looking for a product that would enhance the exterior of their bespoke huts, they turned to Osmo UK to provide them with a hardwearing, weather…
Tagged under   cladding    doors    Exterior wood    finishes    wood treatment    protection    refurbishment 
Nordic Copper offers an extensive range of natural surfaces and alloys that can be applied in numerous ways to clad a wide variety of building types from major public buildings to distinctive individual homes. Gallery…
Tagged under   walls    cladding    facades    copper    nordic    architecture    surfaces    design 
Founded in 1984 H.D. Services Ltd. aim to provide the highest quality percussion drilled boreholes, sewage treatment systems and Open-Loop ground source heat pump installations in the Southeast. Feasibility of any project can generally be…
Tagged under   water supply    irrigation    water solutions    drainage    awards    energy efficiency    renewable energy 
With energy costs on the rise and homeowners taking steps to minimise their own carbon footprints, online building products retailer Roofing Superstore is reminding everyone to check their flow – by making sure that their…
Built into a rugged hillside overlooking the extensive natural coastline in South Wales, a new-build family home with a sustainable vision is now complete. Designed by award-winning architect firm, Loyn + Co, the home, which…
Tagged under   sustainability    sustainable house    self build    new build    Wales    contemporary home    facade    timber    wood 
The Grade II Listed barns and farmhouse at Elms Farm, Derbyshire, are packed full of history. Originally built in 1775, the barns are the former home of the Little Eaton Brewery Company, owned by Officers,…
Tagged under   home build    self build    renovation    barn conversion    barn    conversion    granary 
Good indoor air quality has never been more essential, with the pandemic highlighting the importance of effective ventilation. When building or renovating your own home, you want to ensure you get the balance right between…
Tagged under   renovation    home renovation    hvac    ventilation    MVHR    air quality    indoor air quality    Air conditioners 
28-year-old Patsy Parr took a leap of faith to set about building her own sustainable oak-framed home, ‘Little Gem’, in the picturesque village of Kinver. Determined to build a high-specification home on a tight budget,…
A light, airy space where friends and family can enjoy each other’s company is a familiar design brief for many kitchen renovation projects. And when the interior designer is also the homeowner, the attention to…
Tagged under   home improvement    renovation    kitchen    KBB    worktops 
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.   The housing ladder has always been one for fluctuation;…
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Over the past couple of years, people’s attitudes towards the home have shifted, with research showing that 48% of people would like more space for an office or additional bedrooms. As we become more particular…
Studio Bua has transformed a derelict concrete barn in rural Iceland into a light and modern home and artist’s studio. The barn at Hlöðuberg, Skarðsströnd, is situated on a former farm overlooking the Breiðafjörður Nature…
Tagged under   Iceland    Icelandic homes    Scandi    barn    barn conversion    renovation    self build    home build 
As a key part of the external envelope and overall design scheme, it’s always worth taking the time to get the roof of your build right. Here, Matt Birchall from online builders’ merchant Roofing Superstore…
Tagged under   self build    renovation    home improvement    conversion    roofing    roofs    design 
Liverpool-based bespoke kitchen designer H. Miller Bros has won the ‘Kitchen Designer of the Year’ award (£30,000 to £50,000 category) at the 2021 kbbreview Retail & Design Awards for this ‘Seaside Kitchen’. The design was…
Tagged under   inspiration    interior    interior design    renovation    KBB    kitchens    kitchen design    open plan    extension 
As autumn begins to work its magic, it’s time to take stock of outdoor spaces and furniture to make sure your wood is weatherproofed and protected ready for winter.
Tagged under   garden    sustainability    biodiversity    landscaping    food    vegetables 
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.   Hate it or loathe it; it’s here to stay…
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Heat escape from poorly-insulated homes is a known contributor to excess CO2 emissions. It’s a serious issue that needs urgent address if the UK government is to attain its net-zero target and put our built…
Tagged under   Residential    building materials    construction    specifiers    insulation    sustainability    net zero    passivhaus 
The Dancing Woodman Handmade is a small independent business, based in Southampton, specialising in making rustic furniture & home decor. Founded by talented furniture maker Aaron Holloway-Jenks, who had spotted a gap in the market…
Tagged under   refurbishment    wood finish    surfaces    interior    doors    timber    sliding doors 
Dr. Schutz, the German floor care company, offers PU Sealer, an innovative solution that quickly and easily transforms tired, damaged or old floors, at a fraction of the time and cost of an entire floor…
Tagged under   refurbishment    floor care    building products    floors    cleaning    Residential    commercial    vinyl flooring 
British shower brand returns with nine new models added to electric shower line-up.
Tagged under   bathroom design    bathrooms    KBB    design    showers    technology    smart homes    Gainsborough 
International architecture and interiors practice Finkernagel Ross has completely reconfigured a Belgravia Mews house to create a modern, elegant, space-optimising, family home.
Tagged under   london houses    urban sanctuary    renovation    interior design    interior    inspiration    self build    period property    Mews 
Soon-to-be husband and wife Janine Renaghan and Ciaran Cassidy are the proud owners of this stunning Georgian-inspired, storey-and-a-half home in scenic Ravensdale in Ireland’s County Louth.
Tagged under   country living    interview    selfbuilders    self build diaries    self build    inspiration    ireland 
Tired of struggling with a kitchen that isn’t fit for purpose? Then these expert design tips from Keith Myers of ‘Kitchen Retailer of the Year’, The Myers Touch, will help you build your perfect kitchen…
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Lighting can make or break the ambience of a home, says Rachel Morris, Marketing Manager at 4lite. Get it right, and you will enhance your living space’s mood and usability beyond measure; cramped spaces or…
Tagged under   home renovation    renovation    lighting    lighting design    smart homes 
We’re increasingly looking at ways to make our homes more energy efficient. For some, that’s updating our windows and doors, or loft insulation – whilst for others whose homes are already energy efficient, like new…
Tagged under   self build    fireplaces    stoves    renovation    home improvement 
Online builders’ merchants Door Superstore, part of the CMO Group, has expanded its already extensive product offering with the launch of its new own-brand doors that are affordable, stylish and super easy to install.
Tagged under   building materials    building products    conversion    renovation    refurbishment    products    doors    interior 
Midas™ 220 in Black follows a growing trend for black bathroom products
Tagged under   smart homes    technology    showers    design    KBB    bathrooms    bathroom design 
Air source heat pumps are a great way to lower our dependence on fossil fuels and move to green heating. Kevin Ellis from heating expert Grant UK busts six common myths surrounding heat pumps and…
Tagged under   self build    heat pumps    heating    hvac    air source    renovation    home improvement 
Padraig Hurley, Self-Build Manager at Taylor Lane Timber Frame, explores the top 10 elements that self-builders should consider when opting for a timber frame structure.
Tagged under   grand designs    home build    timberframe    timber    timber frames    self build 
Located in the rolling hills of the Kentish countryside, Grade II Listed Mount House truly embraced inside-outside living when the secondary building on the property’s spacious plot was subjected to a sympathetic renovation. The transformation…
Tagged under   selfbuilders    self build    interview    country living    bifold doors    bifolding    extension    Kent    oast house    renovation 
Indoor air quality is a key consideration when making specification choices for your self-build or renovation project. With so many benefits to be experienced from creating thermal comfort and moderate humidity levels, opting for a…
Tagged under   indoor air quality    air quality    wellbeing    climate control    home renovation    hvac 
This high-tech, high-spec and high-end city mews house epitomises the idea of conserving the nation’s heritage buildings whilst adapting them to meet the needs of 21st-century living. If you’re struggling to strike a balance between…
Tagged under   selfbuilders    innovative homes    self build    renovation    period property    architecture    Residential    london    london houses    Mews 
As autumn begins to work its magic, it’s time to take stock of outdoor spaces and furniture to make sure your wood is weatherproofed and protected ready for winter.
Tagged under   wood treatment    wood    timber    garden    weatherproofing    tips 
Flooring is a major part of any home renovation project. Not only is it essential that it’s functional, but you should also consider appearance, comfort and maintenance – especially when it comes to carpet. Here,…
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The last 18 months have seen a considerable shift in outdoor living, and the garden has never been a more focal point of the home. Here, Garry Gregory, Packed Products Director for Tarmac Cement, looks…
Tagged under   tarmac    patios    garden design    renovation    make over    inspiration    gardens 
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