June 2018

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


Self-building is about creating your dream home from scratch, being involved in every decision from the brickwork to the placement of the rooms. But what do you do if your existing home is almost perfect? You don’t need to knock everything down and start again to create something truly beautiful – your dream home could be just a few tweaks away.

This month, i-build explores two projects where homeowners decided to renovate rather than rebuild. On page 18, Melinda Swan explains how buying her husband a subscription to a wine club as a Christmas present was the catalyst for their first renovation project in a Victorian-style house in Radipole Road, Fulham. Not only is the refurbishment gorgeous and filled with light, it also hides an impressive room deep in the basement. Meanwhile, on page 23, retired couple David and Frances Turner showcase their smart and simple solution to create a reflective space within their home for study and reading. After living in the property for just over 40 years, over time, the couple have improved and extended their home to suit their growing needs. But now, with everyone moved out, the pair decided to create an intimate space just for them.

Elsewhere in this issue of i-build, Ryan Abell, owner of Abell Building Services, describes when it can be more advantageous to use a small house-builder for custom house projects, on page 14, Wharfside helps you decide on the best dining table for your brand-new self-build – for advice and tips, turn to page 32 – and on page 42 discover how easy it is to incorporate a walk-in wardrobe into your build, no matter how small the space.

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.