December 2018

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


With the final month of the year finally here, many self-builders will be spending their first Christmas in their brand-new homes, so this issue there’s an abundance of wonderful wintertime decorations for your perusal – you’re bound to find something to bring some festive cheer and a touch of the Christmas spirit to your self-build. Turn to page six for this year’s festive finds.

Elsewhere in this issue, this month i-build travels to scenic Cyprus where Christopher Ploutarhou’s parents had owned the same plot of land for many years. Christopher had always loved it there and the view from the plot was phenomenal. The self-builder described his decision to embark on the project as a “nobrainer”. To follow his journey and discover his tips for building abroad, turn to page 16.

Moving on to page 22, we catch up with Kent-based Architect Brian Heron and his wife Ayesha who decided to transform a water tank on the top of an iconic tower block in Bethnal Green. Discover how the pair renovated the 653ft² concrete shell into their dream penthouse apartment with a quirky interior finish.

Here at i-build we understand that not everyone wants to take the leap and build a home from scratch. So, this month Ryan Abell, Owner of Abell Building Services, describes the ways in which a homeowner can make their current household look like a custom-built dream home with just a few tweaks on page 14. And on page 36, Peter Little, CEO of the Property Conservation Company, gives his top tips on how to save money on period renovations.

On behalf of the team at i-build, I would like to wish you all a wonderful Christmas and a happy New Year, whether you’re spending it in your recently-completed self-build dream home or you’re about to embark on your 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.