Welcome to the October edition of i-Build magazine! This issue is packed with inspirational projects and products as well as useful advice for your self-build.
October has arrived, and although the revitalising freshness in the air is welcome, the associated inflated energy bills that we have all been dreading certainly are not. Following the subjects bound into the pages of last month's issue, we're continuing to bring you tips and sources to save money and build efficiently – for now and in the future – as we move through autumn into the nippier winter months. And what better way to offer guidance than talking to like-minded people who have successfully completed self-builds and conversions?
In this edition, we talk to two homeowners in rural areas of the UK that have recently undertaken inspirational Class Q barn conversions and fully embraced the notion of rural homebuilding.
Firstly, we take you to Kent, where Rosemary and David Morris and Oscar Streek took on the transformation of an old cow barn. Newly converted, the Dutch steel-framed, curved-roof barn – which has been in Rosemary's family for years – is a delight to the eye with its perfectly-crafted cladding, industrial corrugated roof and good-looking interiors. Turn to page 26 to read the full story.
Meanwhile, I speak to Kat Baxter-Smith from Northamptonshire about how the need for more space for gardening, growing vegetables – and, hopefully, in time, a larger family – led to her and her husband, Tris, creating Red Kite Barn. Turn to page 20 to learn more about their barn conversion.
Elsewhere we run through the schedules for the South West and the Northern Homebuilding & Renovating Shows that are taking place this month. With a focus on energy efficiency and a plethora of opportunities to learn how and where to save money, both shows are a must-visit.
Much like the rest of the nation, we were deeply saddened to learn about the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II last month. Not only was Her Majesty the longest-reigning Queen, but she led with charm and wit and will continue to be an inspiration to us all. She will be sorely missed by many throughout the world.