July 2018

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


For some, the idea of creating their dream home abroad seems like a daunting task. But sometimes the desire to create a peaceful retreat in a picturesque setting is too strong to ignore, despite the challenges that may lie ahead.

This month, i-build travels to the stunning Pyrenees to uncover an extremely exciting self-build project at the entrance to the village of Avajan. Whilst working in the Alps as a Ski Instructor and Mountain Guide, James Dealtry visited an abundance of the luxurious chalets in the resort which blew him away. Their sheer beauty, and robustness, but also how well they fitted into the landscape really appealed to him, and he told himself that one day he would own his own mountain lodge. His search for the perfect project led him to the gorgeous Pyrenees, where he discovered a very traditional Pyrenean stonebuilt building, dating back to 1854 which was once the village post office. To follow James’ journey, turn to page 23.

Elsewhere in this issue, Simon Tilbrook, Director at Fenwick & Tilbrook, gives his top tips on paint types for your self-build. Turn to page 28 to discover how to use paint correctly to add the finishing touch to the final stage of your build. Apropos runs through all the options you have when choosing the right glass extension. Turn to page 36 to take a look at the pros and cons of each, and on page 16, i-build looks at the importance of using the right tools to finish your project.

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.