December 2019

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.

Winter’s finally on our doorstep, and many half-completed self-build sites are starting to feel the difficulties the season brings. Whether you’re nearing the end of your home improvement journey or just beginning, it’s time to kick off your mud-encrusted wellies and start ‘decking the halls’. In this month’s issue, we’ve summed up our favourite Christmas decorations of 2019. Regardless if your tree’s donning glistening baubles, under a mound of belongings at your local self-storage branch or non-existent, turn to page 6 for some festive cheer.

Although a joyous month for many, December does also draw some unwanted guests to many homes. It’s a known fact that break-in rates rise during the winter months with intruders on the prowl for the latest high-tech goodies under our trees. With that in mind, this month, we’ve talked to Yale UK about the optimum placement of security camera systems to deter thieves from approaching your home. Turn to page 24 to read up on Yale’s top security advice.

Elsewhere in this edition, we’ve caught up with DRU Fires for an update on the latest fireplace trends, The Sash Window Workshop talks the best of British design, and Cotswold Windows offers some practical advice when specifying large-format glazing.

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