October 2020

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


October; the month of cosying up by the fire, deflating those space-saving vacuum storage bags and pulling your heavy knits out – plus, of course, preparing your house for the cold winter months ahead. This summer, we have been confined to our homes more than we usually would; however, with darker evenings and bitter, dewy mornings on their way, there's something undoubtedly enchanting about staying in at this time of year. Now, for self-builders or home renovators half-way through a build, I'm sure 'enchanting' isn't an apt description for the wet and windy months of October, November and December; however, with a little patience and endurance, you too can be basking in the glory of self-build success by this time next year.

Whatever stage your home build is at, it's never too early – or late, in some cases – to compile mood boards for your interior spaces. This month, in true autumnal style, we've hand-picked some of this season's best Halloween interior accessories and decorations. Please turn to page 06 for our selection of seasonal delights. Meanwhile, on page 08, Instagram-worthy pampas grass and plumes plump up the pages of part two of this month's Desired Designs.

We've spent a lot of time getting green-fingered throughout lockdown and that lawn you've meticulously nurtured back to good health – or even grown from a small seed – is about to get an intense shock thanks to forthcoming weather adjustments. To ensure your lawn lasts through the winter and for guaranteed green vibrancy next spring and summer, there are a few crucial steps you need to take now. Turn to page 28 to discover how to prepare your lawn for the coming seasons.

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.

Rebecca Kemp