Welcome to the November edition of i-Build magazine! This issue is packed with inspirational projects and products as well as useful advice for your self-build.
In recent years, there’s been much discussion concerning sustainability and the salvation of our existing building supply – rather than continually turning to mass-constructed new-build solutions – to meet the dire need of housing the nation’s ever-evolving population. In i-Build’s sister title, FC&A – a trade publication that caters to architectural practices and construction professionals working on commercial and residential projects – we talk endlessly about the call for the industry to repurpose our historical structures in a manner that seamlessly marries the ‘heritage’ with the ‘contemporary’.
In last month’s issue of FC&A, a managing director from a leading construction group wrote a highly-enthused article about how the conservation of heritage structures is vital for our built environment, striving to get the all-important message across to his peers. Reading this motivating article submission turned my thoughts to the conservation success that I hear about every day from the self-build and home renovation community. Most homeowners – and some smaller-scale developers, of course – are all too aware of the significance of preserving the nation’s architectural heritage and, frequently, these home improvers put their blood, sweat and tears into renovation and restoration efforts.
Take, for example, our two case studies in this month’s edition. Equally extraordinary properties – although very diverse, with one located in the Kentish countryside and the other in London’s affluent Belgravia – have worked with their existing structures with any ‘new-build’ elements complementing their antique architecture.
In Kent – which, unbeknownst to some, is the home of i-Build magazine – Grade II Listed Mount House truly embraced inside-outside living when the secondary building on the property’s spacious plot was subjected to a sympathetic renovation. Turn to page 12 to read the full article. Meanwhile, over in our capital, a charming mews house in Belgravia has been subjected to an extensive renovation that saw the property updated to meet the needs of 21st-century living. Flick to page 18 to find out more about this project.