December 2022

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.

The most wonderful time of the year is upon us, and we're officially in safe territory to finally mention the 'C' word without swerving judgmental glares from our bah-humbug peers. If the latter sounds like you and you're best described as the Grinch, you may want to skip this edition's Desired Designs! We've collated some exquisite traditional decorations in this month's issue to inspire your home's Christmas theme. Turn to pages 06-07 and prepare to embrace the festivities fully. If your main goal this year is to be more sustainable, we've got you covered. Turn to page 08 for our line-up of eco-friendly accessories and embellishments.

Self-builders and home renovators typically earmark Christmas as a time to complete their home-building projects. While some smaller-scale projects are achievable within tighter timeframes, others have a rude awakening when things don't go their way, resulting in delays and a few red faces from stress-related glitches. If this sounds familiar, remember the good old self-build adage 'it's all worth it in the end'.

If you need some encouragement to keep you motivated, this month, we focus on two architect-designed properties that are worthy inspirational stories for all. Firstly, CaSA Architects introduces you to the clever remodel of a 1960s home, Great Brockeridge. With a focus on affordability and futureproofed solutions, the impressive project has won RIBA's 'South West Building of the Year' award. Flick to page 22 to learn more from the architect firm and the homeowner, Simon Coulson. Elsewhere, on page 12, we transport you to London's Hampstead Garden suburb, where we uncover an Arts and Crafts period restoration. Here, Robert Hirschfield Architects has designed a home that intelligently and emotionally connects all the way through.

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.

On behalf of the entire team at i-Build, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year. See you all on the other side!

Rebecca Kemp

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