May 2021

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

Large volumes of natural light and airy interiors are usually at the top of all self-builders’ and home renovators’ wish lists. In fact, many home makeovers and house build projects arise from a call for more daylight. What’s more, with the knowledge that we now have surrounding the influence daylighting has on our wellbeing, everyone is keen to reap the benefits. Of course, glazing is the protagonist in all this and glass architectural landmarks, such as those featured on London’s skyline, serve as large-scale inspirational sources. But, before you get ahead of yourself and push a scribble that resembles Paris’ Louvre under your architect’s nose, think about the overheating issues that glazing can pose.

Glass is a striking material, and it’s proving remarkably popular amongst the home improvement community. However, opting for large expanses of glazing – much like all building materials when you decide to go big – does come with stipulations, namely overheating. In this issue, we talk to Phil Brown, European Regulatory Marketing Manager at Pilkington United Kingdom, for advice on solar-control glass, so you don’t have to choose between large-format glazing and comfortable indoor temperatures. Whether you’re looking for an ultra-modern, sharp-angled extension or a cuboid all-glass single-storey self-build, paying attention to glazing will undoubtedly pay off in the long run. Turn to page 16 to read Phil’s advice.

Meanwhile, on page 18, we talk to Hannah Pike, who took a massive leap of faith back in 2017 when she and her family moved from London’s Hackney to the Peak District to build their dream home. This month, Hannah – the self-proclaimed ‘self-build survivor’ – gives us an honest out-take of her family’s build journey and explains how unexpected costs resulted in her scrapping her plans for an expensive kitchen in favour of excavation, plumbing and correcting a structural design element. This brings me to our next focus – pre-loved and ex-display kitchens. On page 10, Helen Lord, Founder of Used Kitchen Exchange, explains how self-builders and home renovators needn’t break the bank when purchasing kitchens. Here, she talks about the monetary and environmental benefits of buying designer kitchens at an affordable price with high-quality pre-owned or pre-installed kitchens.


Rebecca Kemp