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…
Tagged under   landscaping    garden    garden design    garden renovation    greenhouse    inspiration    renovation 
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 
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…
Tagged under   home improvement    renovation    conversion    basement    victorian 
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 
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…
Tagged under   home renovation    renovation    lighting    lighting design    make over    interior 
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 
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 
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 
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…
Tagged under   home improvement    renovation    self build    kitchens    extensions    KBB 
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,…
Tagged under   inspiration    interiors    home improvement    home renovation    carpets    flooring 
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 
Peter Daniel, Product Innovation Director at The Rooflight Company, shares the top things you need to know about undertaking self-build projects in conservation areas and renovating period properties.
In this article, Max Mace, Managing Director of NM Finance, looks at the raft of competitive and innovative self-build mortgages that have come to the market post-pandemic.
Tagged under   building plots    plot of land    plot    selfbuilders    self build    mortgage    finance 
We all know the importance of preparing walls and ceilings before decorating them to achieve that perfect finish. But did you know that filler is increasingly used for more than just patching up holes, gaps…
Tagged under   interiors    paints    walls    fillers    plaster    renovation    diy    tips 
After what has been a testing year, the Regional Energy Efficiency Awards 2020/21 have finally arrived and awarded a collection of companies due to their amazing achievements.
Tagged under   renewable energy    energy efficiency    awards    drainage    water solutions    irrigation    water supply 
Wooden worktops look stunning in almost all kitchen styles and colours, offering a warm and stylish finish and timeless appeal. Like all kitchen surfaces, worktops take the brunt of the wear and tear in a…
Tagged under   KBB    kitchens    worktops    interior    surfaces    wood finish    refurbishment 
Rhino Rocks is a professional floor cleaning business based in Yorkshire, specialising in both residential and commercial floor cleaning. A family run business which prides itself on its excellent customer service and quality of work,…
Tagged under   vinyl flooring    commercial    Residential    cleaning    floors    building products    floor care    refurbishment 
With the North of England becoming one of the most popular locations to buy property as house prices soar to meet demands1, and a report from BuyAssociation2 labeling the north-west a ‘hotspot’ for property investment,…
Tagged under   show    preview    event    homebuilding    renovation    home renovation 
Keeping a self-build project on track can tricky but thanks to online builders’ merchant Door Superstore, getting a handle on your door deliveries has just got that little bit easier. As part of the retailer’s…
Tagged under   interior    doors    products    refurbishment    renovation    conversion    building products    building materials 
It is not uncommon for first-time buyers to seek a property that needs some renovating. Within the last month alone, the search term ‘fixer upper’ has seen a 230.2% uplift, reflecting property buyers’ desires to…
Tagged under   tips    home renovation    renovation    self build    conversion    diy    building 
Matthew Giles Architects has redesigned and upgraded this six-bedroom Victorian house in Wandsworth with surgical care and a close study of the site levels.
Tagged under   self build    inspiration    interior    interior design    renovation    urban sanctuary    victorian    london houses 
With their sleek and modern aesthetic, glass balustrades have become increasingly popular over the years. Here, F.H. Brundle’s Head of Marketing, Paul Smith, shares how you can tap into this trend.
Tagged under   home renovation    stairs    balustrades    balconies    glass    glass balustrade 
British homes are now smaller than ever, so how can we achieve the perfect, yet practical, bathroom in smaller spaces? Sophie Weston, Channel Marketing Manager at Geberit, explores the opportunities.
Tagged under   KBB    bathrooms    home renovation    home improvement    interiors    inspiration 
This stunning 2500ft2, Victorian, five-bedroom, semi-detached, south-facing house in Streatham Hill, South London, is home to Ed and Katie Pateman-Jones – who live here with their baby, Billy, and fox-red labrador, Juno. Having completed an…
Tagged under   self build    innovative homes    self build diaries    selfbuilders    cost    renovation    victorian    london houses 
Don’t just settle for a tired black tarmac or colourless concrete for the front of your house. Your home should be a statement, and what better way to make that statement than with a stunning…
Tagged under   home renovation    driveways    resin    drive    installation    tips 
If you’ve recently completed a renovation on an older ‘doer-upper’ and you’re struggling to style it for the market, look no further. In this article, Lauren Maylor, Creative Director at LOFT, offers her top tips…
Tagged under   home improvement    styling    furniture    furnishings    renovation    interior design    interiors 
Here, Cameron Fraser, Director of Ceramique Internationale, talks i-Build through the different tile types available on the market and how best to use them.
Tagged under   walls    tiling    tiles    inspiration    kitchens    interiors    home improvement    home renovation    bathrooms    KBB 
British homes are now smaller than ever, so how can we achieve the perfect, yet practical, bathroom in smaller spaces? Sophie Weston, Channel Marketing Manager at Geberit, explores the opportunities.
Tagged under   KBB    interior    showers    toilets    bathrooms 
If you’re looking to build a decking project that is going to stand the test of time, the subframe of a decking area is one of the most important parts. Whilst the subframe is generally…
Tagged under   decking    gardens    garden building    timber    subframe    timber frame 
Wooden worktops look stunning in almost all kitchen styles and colours, offering a warm and stylish finish and timeless appeal. Like all kitchen surfaces, worktops take the brunt of the wear and tear in a…
Tagged under   refurbishment    wood finish    surfaces    interior    worktops    kitchens    KBB 
Rhino Rocks is a professional floor cleaning business based in Yorkshire, specialising in both residential and commercial floor cleaning. A family run business which prides itself on its excellent customer service and quality of work,…
Tagged under   refurbishment    floor care    building products    floors    cleaning    Residential    commercial    vinyl flooring 
With the pending changes to Part L of the Building Regulations and introduction of the new Future Homes Standard on the horizon, the outlook for new build domestic dwellings is changing. Fortunately, online builders’ merchant…
Bathroom product specialist Aqualisa has introduced the Quartz™ Smart Retrofit Shower – an all-in-one upgrade solution that transforms almost any make of exposed mixer shower into a voice-activated, smart digital shower system, without the need…
Tagged under   bathroom design    bathrooms    KBB    design    showers    technology    smart homes 
Exclusive bathroom design software lets customers design and visualise their brand ‘nuie’ Bathroom plan
Tagged under   design    KBB    bathrooms    software    bathroom design    planning 
Robert Wood, Managing Director at London-based loft, extension and basement specialist Simply Construction Group, has shared his top tips for planning an extension to your home.
Tagged under   inspiration    diy    conversion    self build    renovation    home renovation    loft    basement    extension    tips 
When Vic and Heidi Daniels embarked on a home renovation for Vic’s childhood home – a 1950s bungalow based in Winchester, Hampshire – they placed open-plan living at the very heart of the brief. As…
Tagged under   inspiration    self build    kitchens    kitchen design    extension    bungalow    open plan 
For Scottish husband and wife Graeme and Amanda Hogg, creating a home that met the needs of busy family life was at the top of their wish list when looking to move. So, when the…
Tagged under   modern    inspiration    self build    self build diaries    selfbuilders    interview    country living    Scotland 
Are you struggling to find a self-build site that meets all your needs? Perhaps you’re finding it tough to know where to start? This month, to offer a helping hand, we’ve talked to Peter Johns,…
Tagged under   architects    self build    selfbuilders    plot    plot of land    building plots    plot search 
There’s always much debate about how we should control our indoor climate, never more so than when you are making big decisions regarding the specification of a system for your own self-build or property renovation.…
Research shows that 40% of people believe that security is the most important factor when purchasing new windows and doors. Victoria Brocklesby, Chief Operations Officer at Origin, a UK-leading manufacturer of aluminium doors and windows,…
Tagged under   doors    aluminium    windows    doors and windows    security    home renovation    home security 
The surfaces in your home play a key part in its overall look and feel and, as such, they often require a fresh new update from time to time. Interest can be added to interior…
Tagged under   home renovation    home improvement    interiors    kitchens    inspiration    bathrooms    KBB    tiles    tiling    walls 
At first glance, U-values seem very complicated to understand but they don’t need to be. Peter Daniel, Product Innovation Director at The Rooflight Company, explains how to interpret these values to ensure you find the…
Tagged under   self build    G values    U values    energy efficient    windows    rooflights    regulations 
TV Media walls are all the rage, and you’ll no doubt have seen them flooding the interior design and self-build world. The concept of a media wall takes feature walls to new heights, with a…
Tagged under   technology    smart homes    innovative homes    self build    fireplaces    TV    TV wall    media    diy 
Does the new Paragraph 80 mean it will be easier to build your dream home in the open countryside? Kris Baxter, Founder & Creative Director of Studio 11 Architecture, investigates.
Tagged under   planning permission    planning    selfbuilders    self build    architects    paragraph 80    paragraph 55 
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   sealer    flooring    surfaces    floors    floor care 
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