May 2020

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



If one good thing’s come from the Coronavirus pandemic, it’s the amount of time we have been forced to stay within our homes. Now for many in temporary living conditions, I can almost hear the disapproving mutters in response to this comment; however, it’s certainly given many that persistent nudge to get things done. Whether it’s something small and trivial or you’ve just built the entire envelope of your new home, we’ve all picked up some form of tool and taken to DIYing over the past few weeks to make our time spent indoors productive.

Furthermore, with a scorcher of a Bank Holiday last month and extreme limitations on travelling outside our homes, we’ve all turned our attention to outdoor living. Within this month’s issue, we’ve collated the latest accessories and outdoor furniture trends within our ‘Desired Designs’ pages, so you can start planning a cosy outdoor living area for you and your family. With summer just around the corner and expected delivery delays, now’s the perfect time to start adding accessories to your online basket. Turn to pages 06-07 to discover some tempting outdoor pieces. Meanwhile, on page 30, building materials group Tarmac discusses some key garden projects and lists the right cement products for DIYers to select to ensure the perfect outdoor living space.

As for our main case studies, we’ve talked to two inspirational home renovators this month. You may recognise AJ Odudu from British programmes such as Big Brother’s Bit on the Side and Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins; however, her love for renovations is less known. Here, I’ve talked to AJ about the restoration of her highly desirable three-bedroom, one- bathroom, Victorian, semi-detached split-level flat in South East London. Turn to page 26 to find out more. Meanwhile, on a more rural route, home renovator Mouse Martin has talked to us about her transformation of a run-down 17th- century cottage into a self-catering luxury getaway. To read Martin’s story and learn how she obtained the property she would prudently gaze at from her kitchen window, turn to page 17.