April 2022

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 projects that we’ve featured in i-Build and really experience those finer details we wax lyrical about first hand. Not only does visiting augment the fondness of a property’s aesthetics and quirky, unique features, but it also provides an even greater appreciation of everything the owners go through to make their build dreams come to fruition.

Only last month, I had the pleasure of visiting a meticulously-designed conversion and encountered just how much attention to detail went into the design, build and planning of the property, and how the owners, Sue and Nick Peacock, really put themselves into the shoes of the guests that would be staying in the home. The Chickenshed, which sits atop a verdant knoll overlooking the rolling hills of Monmouthshire, once lived its life as an agricultural structure for raising poultry. Today, after the Peacocks saw the potential in the neglected property when they stumbled across the site at an auction back in 2014, it serves as a stunning example of a successful agricultural-to-holiday-let conversion that will, literally, leave you green with envy. Turn to page 12 of this month’s issue to learn how the couple altered the once-dilapidated building into a modern-day masterpiece that, importantly, still nods to its farming heritage.

Meanwhile on page 20, we travel to the country’s capital to talk to Catherine Finkernagel, Director of architecture and interiors practice Finkernagel Ross, about how she approached the design and re-build of a stylish, luxurious mews property situated within the Holland Park conservation area of west London for a Swedish hotelier. This stunning, elegant project is the perfect ‘muse’ for those looking for inspiration for similar mews home renovations.

Lastly, on behalf of the team at i-Build, our thoughts go out to the innocent people that have been impacted by the needless act of war that is currently destroying lives.


Rebecca Kemp