April 2018

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.


Building a house from start to finish is like creating a delicate piece of artwork. Every decision you make, just like every brush stroke an artist makes, will have an ever-lasting effect on the finished product, so it’s vital to make the right decisions for your masterpiece.

With that in mind, this month i-build explores available options for your foundation choices on page 30, uncovers if you should consider project managing your build on page 14, and looks at how to get a bespoke staircase on a budget on page 44.

Elsewhere in this magazine, i-build takes a look at the luxury finishing touches your self-build may be missing from handmade roof tiles on page 46, how to build your own walk-in wardrobe on page 40, and which swimming pool shape is the one for you on page 48.

Also inside this issue, Artist David Paynter and his wife Lynn let i-build roam around their all-glass masterpiece and gorgeous grounds in Haslemere, Sussex. The pair, as empty-nesters, felt they were starting to rattle around in their large Edwardian semi, so they decided to make a drastic change. After seeing a house advertised in their local paper, the pair were both instantly struck by it. It was ultra-modern, eco-friendly, made entirely of glass and wood, and was a HUF house. Neither of them had ever considered that they would like such modernity, so it was quite a surprise when they both fell in love with the concept. Turn to page 24 to follow their journey.

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 home as inspiration for other budding house-builders, then please do not 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.