September 2020

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


Suffice to say, renovating and self-building is back-breaking stuff – especially if you're constructing a build yourself. Not only physically exhausting, but home-building is also a mental strain which impacts not only finances and routine but also encumbers full-time jobs and family life. However, that said, for every home-building project, there's also an overriding factor of sentimentality that shines through every time I talk to a home improver or self-builder. And, when that build has a strong family connection, the nostalgia and build satisfaction is undoubtedly palpable.

These sentiments are certainly felt by one of this month's star renovators, Michael Wallace. Michael and his wife, AnneMarie, live in a beautifully restored old school building that, once upon a time, saw Michael's parents, grandparents and in-laws walk the corridors. When the school closed down in the '80s, Michael – then a student – used the building as a project, turning it into a community centre through detailed designs. Little did he know at the time that a few years later, he and his family would be lovingly restoring the build.

Meanwhile, we discover how the Harper family sensitively restored a charming barn in the tranquil village of Bracewell. The build's been a labour of love for the Harpers. Having put their blood, sweat and tears into the stunning property since the early '90s, the family have decided to put the modern, spacious property on the market.

Elsewhere in this issue, we shine a spotlight on a self-build favourite charred cladding technique with a few inspiring examples. Be blown away by 'Shou-Sugi-Ban'. Whilst we also look at this month's hot interior trends, '70s funk and abstract lines and faces.

Rebecca Kemp