November 2020

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

As we dive head-first into November, many of us are putting distanced socialising on the back-burner in favour of the warm and cosy shelter our own homes have to offer. The upcoming months will see many of us hibernating at home when we can. Much like lockdown, it's expected that the nation will pick their tools back up this season and continue with home renovations, lingering DIY tasks and general home facelifts – especially with more COVID-related restrictions forecast up and down the country.

This month, we explore the benefits of luxury vinyl tiles (LVTs) and luxury vinyl planks (LVPs). Find out why homeowners across the nation are upgrading to these affordable, easy-to-clean flooring solutions. Meanwhile, on page 06, we invite you to embrace the unique heritage style for your interior mood boarding. If you're looking for something a little bit different that's a far cry from the omnipresent off-white and pebble grey interior style, the dark drama of the heritage trend may be just what you're looking for.

Moving on to this month's star self-builders, we've taken to Instagram to hunt down the most inspirational homebuilders for this issue. Firstly, we pop over to Cambridge to find out more about Sarah and Rob Collards' beautiful home. Their ambitious build, aptly named Collard Towers, was designed entirely by the pair without the help of an architect – and with an astonishing objection-free eight-week-long planning approval. Meanwhile, we head to a little fishing village in Dublin for a grand tour of Jonathan and Caitriona Hughes' self-built three-bedroom, four-bathroom seaside home.


Rebecca Kemp