May 2018

Welcome to the May edition of i-build magazine! This issue is packed with inspirational projects and products as well as useful advice for your self-build.


Let’s be honest, building your own home from scratch is a daunting task no matter who you are. There are so many things that could go drastically wrong, there are dozens of decisions you need to make every single day and that’s before you even set foot on site and start the actual build. So, imagine how helpful it would be to have a true expert guide you through the process, assisting you in avoiding every pothole that each selfbuilder before you has faced. Well, this issue you’re in luck because i-build has picked the brains of numerous industry experts so you don’t have to.

This month, i-build has been fortunate enough to chat all things self-build with Grand Designs’ design guru Kevin McCloud. Turn to page 13 to discover all his tips and tricks and see what he believes is the biggest challenge that self-builders face. On page 20, Oliver Grimshaw, Head of UK Sales at Hanse Haus UK, gives his top tips for self-build success and on page 46, Architectural Designer at Studio SDA, Hayley Pearse, gives her advice on how to successfully extend your home.

Elsewhere in this month’s magazine, Malcolm Gough, Group Sales and Marketing Director at Talasey Group, outlines how best to prepare your patio for summer on page 42 and IronmongeryDirect explains why taking care of your conservatory is key if you want to enjoy it for many summers to come, on page 48.

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.