April 2020

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.



I want to open this issue firstly by wishing you all well. I do hope the consequences of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic have not struck too hard; whether they be health-related or, indeed, financial. Amidst the neverending reports, conferences and concerns that seem to have spread across the nation following the COVID-19 outbreak, the team at i-Build have put their positive, creative minds together to bring you some joy and solace in this month's design pages. We've looked at seasonal trends, working-from-home inspiration and wellbeing-focused schemes from Denmark to brighten up our pages.

Although it's looking highly unlikely that we'll be gathering around the table for an Easter feast this year; it doesn't mean we can't celebrate in our own way. On pages 06-07, we've looked at some charming Easter accessories that are sure to lighten up interiors. Whether you want to add these pieces to your online shopping basket or attempt to make your very own replicas, there's something for everyone. Meanwhile, on page 08, we've looked at an industrial trend for your home office. From deskchairs and tables to stationery and paperwork organisation, ensure your office is in order and looking stylish. Last but by no means least, we've wandered back a few years ago when magazines were adorned with the 'Hygge' scheme. Turn to page 10 of this month's issue to learn more about incorporating this theme into your home.

Elsewhere in this issue, we've taken Jon and Victoria Oakley back in time to 2017, when they purchased a landmark water tower and undertook an extensive renovation on the structure. With a genuinely intriguing past – including previous use as a prisoner-of-war camp and a secret communications hub during the Second World War – Jon and Victoria's home, which is now for sale, is truly awe-inspiring. Turn to page 16 to look around their home. Meanwhile, on page 22, we chat to the renovators who took on the arduous task of refurbishing an Italian villa that was previously owned by the former wife of Diego della Valle – the creator of the luxury brands Tods, Hogan and Fay.

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 dream home as inspiration for other budding self-builders, then please don’t 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.