January 2019

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


With 2019 finally here and the festive fun all but a distant memory, it’s easy to lust after the warmer weather that summer promises. Even though sweltering hot days seem to be out of reach right now, there’s no harm in planning for when they arrive. If you want to avoid the uncomfortable heat that so many of us experienced in our homes through 2018’s heatwave, why not consider adding an air conditioning unit to your self-build. On page 22, the Air Conditioning Company explains your options, so you can be prepared when things start to heat up.

As tempting as it is to focus on the summer, there are a number of issues you may need to navigate before you can leave the dark, gloomy and more than likely, very wet days behind you that i-build hopes to help you with. This month, Emma Lofthouse, Flood Engagement Officer at Newground, discusses the main difference between flood resistance and flood resilience and what you can do to protect your self-build when water levels start to rise.

With protection in mind, were you aware this time of year is where the country sees the highest number of home burglaries? On page 24, Rachael Munby, Group Marketing Director from Anglian Home Improvements, gives her top tips to help you do everything possible to ensure you and your home don’t become another statistic.

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.