February 2019

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


In this issue of i-build, we take a look at two families who have decided to create two very different holiday lets – but both are equally as stunning and inspiring.

First, we discover one self-build couple who used their love for the Himalayas to create a sustainable ecotourism business with self-built bespoke log cabins. This luxurious hideaway located in the middle of the wildest glens, highest mountains and largest lochs in the region is a celebration of local craftsmanship and truly inspiring self-build. Turn to page 10 to uncover a little bit of the Himalayas hidden in the Highlands.

Elsewhere in our latest addition, we explore how a 30-acre piece of land – home to a ruined linhay – was passed down through the generations of one family, until recently when it was lovingly restored and turned into a gorgeously compact holiday let. To follow the journey of the linhay that refused to fall down from the brink of demolition to the end of its renovation, turn to page 18.

If you’re at the very early stages of your self-build journey and you’re still trying to decide if an oak frame is the right direction for you, turn to page 24 where Oakwrights gives you the low-down on what to expect. On page 26, you can find out if you’re checking your roof as often as you should be, and on page 28, we discover how much of an impact your staircase will actually have.

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.