June 2019

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

What do you do when you outgrow your existing home? For some homeowners, selling up and moving on is an option, but for others (you, perhaps?) there are more exciting avenues to explore.

One potential way to add extra space onto your property is to dig down. Yes, basement conversions are becoming increasingly popular in properties of all ages. Whilst doing your research, you may have come across underground cinema rooms, wine cellars, swimming pools and saunas. These examples are just some of the lavish ways you can utilise new-found floor space, but basement conversions are equally as suitable for additional bedrooms, bathrooms or a utility room perhaps.

In this month’s issue, we’ve invited a number of specialists to share what they think are the most important considerations before embarking on a basement conversion. Turn to page 10 to find out more.

Elsewhere in the issue, we have discovered that potential home buyers are more open to purchasing a property that has been or is currently being treated for Japanese knotweed than ever before. Turn to page 22 to read more about this invasive plant and why we could be winning the war. Meanwhile, if you’re happy to turn your hand to a bit of DIY we’ve teamed up with UK Flooring Direct to offer you a step-by-step guide on how to install laminate floor. Turn to page 24 to start your lesson.

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 dream home as inspiration for other budding self-builders, then please don’t 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.