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


As we leave August behind and enter September, our thoughts turn to more autumnal elements – such as heating, cosy aesthetics and those all-important home security elements that tend to crop up at the last minute, around the darker Christmassy evenings. In this month’s issue, we’re forward planning for you with some inspiration that’s ideal for setting up those autumn/winter mood boards and to-do lists.

Firstly, within our Desired Designs features this month, we’re introducing earthy autumnal colours that are akin to the in-vogue seventies trend and investigate a richer, darker tone – emerald green – that’s sure to bring some character into your home. Turn to pages 06 to 08 for this month’s interior picks. Meanwhile, on page 26, we explore on-trend media walls. In this article, the Stovax Heating Group’s Annabelle Carvell explains how you can mix sleek looks and functionality with a TV media wall that incorporates a fireplace. For the last instalment of our autumn introduction, Victoria Brocklesby from Origin offers her top six tips for securing the doors and windows within your home. Turn to page 32 to learn more.

If interior planning’s all but a distant dream and you’re yet to find your ideal plot, don’t fear. In this edition, we’ve talked to Peter Johns, Research Director at, for his advice on finding the perfect site to build your very own dream home. Lastly, Kris Baxter from Studio 11 Architecture is on hand for those courageous home builders that want to take on a Paragraph 80 self-build. As Kris explains, Paragraph 80 houses aren’t for the faint-hearted, but the rewards are certainly substantial. Turn to page 22 to find out all you need to know about taking on a Paragraph 80 home.

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