April 2021

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

For many, self-building and home renovating is an addiction – once one build is completed, home improvers will move on to the next and go bigger and better each time. The renovation bug certainly hit Nick and Tara Jordan hard when they completed their second project in London’s Hackney and began their search for a larger-scale project in the country. With backgrounds in architecture and interior design, the pair couldn’t dismiss the irrefutable potential offered by a barn in Hampshire’s countryside. Although it was a much larger project than the couple had initially intended to take on, Nick and Tara fell in love with the property straight away. They spent the next 12 arduous months transforming the run-down structure into an ultra-modern, aesthetically-minimal home named ‘Hackney House’. With the build now complete, Nick and Tara have recently sold the property and are imminently starting their next renovation project. For the ultimate barn conversion inspiration, turn to page 14 to read Nick and Tara’s full story and have a look around Hackney House.

Elsewhere, our second serial renovator, Alison Mabon, takes us on a tour of her renovated barn in pastoral north Devon. With seven acres of land in small Saxon hilltop market-town Chulmleigh, Alison took full advantage of planning amendments when Class Q was introduced – which permits the residential conversion of agricultural buildings via ‘prior approval’. After five years of preparation (which included a few planning-related knock-backs), hard work and a fair few stressful moments, the Plantation was born – a contemporary building that integrates beautifully with its natural surroundings. With striking interiors and a majestic exterior, the Plantation is regularly hired out – via Unique Homestays – for styled photoshoots. Turn to page 20 to learn more about the Plantation’s impressive transformation.

Meanwhile, the rule of six is back this month, and we’re here to help with some outdoor living inspiration. Turn to pages 06-07 for a handful of ideas to get your garden in tip-top condition. Meanwhile, on page 08 and 32, we turn to a few outdoor cleaning products and tips that can help you blast those pesky cobwebs and mildew away from your garden.


Rebecca Kemp