August 2021

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


Since the pandemic hit, many of us have placed our homes under a magnifying glass, scrutinising what works, what doesn’t and what really needs a makeover. For some, a more permanent situation on working-from-home opportunities has urged the desire for more space, or a newfound passion for exercise and wellbeing has prompted the need for a top-floor home gym. For others, a new arrival, or a recent necessity for multi-generational living with parents and grandparents, has called for extra room in the house. Whatever the reasons, countless homeowners are seeking to extend their properties – and many are choosing to go up a level. As such, this month, we talk to a handful of professionals about loft conversions to guide you on your way.

If you’re in the initial stages of a loft conversion, Rich Conlin, Director at The Loft Room, is here to help. On page 16, Rich talks you through the spatial planning of a loft conversion, explaining how to decide where everything will go and how to find out what works best for your home.

Meanwhile, on page 26, we talk to Peter Daniel, Product Innovation Director at The Rooflight Company, about the different types of loft conversions available and the benefits that rooflights bring to each one. From hip-to-gable and mansard to flat roof dormer and rooflight conversions, Peter breaks down the options that are available to you.

Lastly, to coincide with our loft focus this month, we address sloping ceiling designs and run through six stylish bespoke storage options that slot seamlessly into those awkward attic spaces.

I hope you enjoy this issue. Don’t forget, if you’re coming to the end of your self-build and would like us to feature your home as inspiration for other budding house-builders, then please do not hesitate to get in touch. Alternatively, if you’re about to embark on your self-build journey and would be keen for us to document your progress, do get in contact.


Rebecca Kemp