Welcome to the July edition of i-Build magazine! This issue is packed with inspirational projects and products as well as useful advice for your self-build.
With the Government’s ban on gas boilers in new-build properties fast approaching, many self-builders that are in the early planning stages are in need of expert advice on the best alternatives for their home. With an abundance of options on the marketplace, it can be hard to know where to turn and understand the technicalities behind each system – particularly when it comes to renewable sources and identifying which technologies qualify for the Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI). To offer you a helping hand, we’ve talked to Darren McMahon, UK Marketing Director of heating specialist Viessmann, for some top tips on choosing the best renewable technology for your home. Here, he runs through the main elements you need to know about the four technology types that are eligible for RHI payments – biomass boilers and stoves, ground source heat pumps (GSHPs), air source heat pumps (ASHPs) and solar thermal. Turn to page 24 to read Darren’s advice.
Elsewhere, we take i-Build readers on a tour of an ultra-contemporary city-centre sympathetic restoration. Located within the heart of what was once a bustling artistic and bohemian community in London, the ‘Artistic Studio’ has played host to many a famous artist, including Augustus John, Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Francis Bacon. With the building’s character preserved, the Artistic Studio has been lovingly brought back to life as a contemporary family home for a couple with a passion for the arts. Turn to page 18 to be blown away.
Meanwhile, on page 12, we talk to Clare Hughes – or as she’s better known on Instagram @the_hughes_family_self_build – about the journey she and her husband, Joe, embarked on after they faced a stagnant property market when attempting to move home in 2013. Talking exclusively to i-Build, Clare explains how she and Joe were eager to put their own stamp on a property and ultimately created an exceptionally luxurious four-bedroom detached family home of dreams for their children, Finn, Theodora and Clare’s eldest son George, to enjoy.