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

Welcome to the very first edition of 2021. On behalf of the entire team at i-Build, we hope that you've all had a lovely Christmas and New Year. However, now that the season is well and truly over – and we've all enjoyed that well-deserved festive break from work, chores, DIY and home-building projects – it's time to look forward and prepare our plans for the year ahead. Suffice to say, 2020 is a year we'll always remember and, although things are looking up, we're still set to feel some consequences of the coronavirus pandemic across the next few months.

January's traditionally the time for resolutions, change and improvements to our health and everyday lives. With such a surge in home improvements last year, and enhanced recognition of the influence our indoor spaces have over our wellbeing, homebuilding projects are set to continue as we prepare our homes for the spring and summer months. In this issue, we've explored Pantone's Colour of the Year for 2021. We’ve picked a selection of dove grey and vivid yellow interior accessories for inspiration for your home. We've selected six fireplace designs that will ensure your home is warm and comfortable for the crisp months of January and February. And lastly, we've looked at some dining table designs that suit an array of home styles.

Elsewhere, Verity Lovelock of BBD Architects talks to me about the work the firm completed on an inspiring juxtaposed 'cube' extension for a four-bedroom Edwardian family home near Southampton. Mr and Mrs B, the homeowners, had lived in the property for eight years before approaching BBD Architects after driving past one of their home-building projects in the area. Verity explains how the practice swapped two ill-designed extensions for one contemporary structure that satisfactorily meets Mr and Mrs B's needs.


Rebecca Kemp