December 2021

Welcome to the December 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 come to the end of 2021, there’s much to look back on. Last year, as we anticipated a welcomed merry season with the family, we soon became frustrated by a Government lockdown just before the big day. This year, however, certainly looks brighter, with more home improvers, DIYers and self-builders finally kicking back and enjoying the fruits of their labour. To celebrate this joyous normality, in this issue, we have selected some of this year’s most delightful Christmas decorations for the most festive spread of them all. Turn to pages 06 and 07 to feast your eyes on some seasonal accessories. Whilst on page 08, we’ve listed a few decorative must-haves for the ultimate New Year party!

Elsewhere, motivated self-builder Janine Renaghan shows off her Georgian-inspired, one-and-a-half-storey home, where the halls have been decked, the baubles have been hung, and the fairy lights are twinkling amidst the snuggest festive interior. In this Q&A, Janine explains how she and her soon-to-be-husband, Ciaran, landed a plot and explains how the couple managed to build their own home in their twenties. Turn to page 10 to read the whole story.

Meanwhile, Aviva gives its advice on deterring intruders as we approach ‘theft season’, The Myers Touch offers its top tips on undertaking a kitchen extension and Borehole Solutions explains how you can save £5000 on a ground source heat pump (GSHP) installation.

Finally, on behalf of the team at i-Build magazine, I’d like to wish you all a very merry Christmas and a prosperous and happy New Year!


Rebecca Kemp