June 2016

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


For many self-builders, before they’ve even begun their project, it is likely they already have a wish-list of products or systems that they’d like featured within their new home. These could range from a luxurious freestanding bath, bi-folding doors that invite the outdoors in, or for those petrol-heads, a double-bay garage.

Plenty of light is often a high priority for the discerning self-builder, so products such as rooflights are found to be a must-have on the specification checklist. In this month’s edition, we have delved into the subject of light, starting with one couple’s journey to transform their modest London home. On page 24, you can read how Tania and Mike Voaden created a larger, and brighter, home with the help of VELUX roof windows. Architectural Designer, Charlie Luxton, rounds off the story by explaining how homeowners can go one step further by incorporating automated systems.

Meanwhile on page 50, i-build brings together a host of case studies and issues relating to rooflights, such as obtaining planning permission and the wider performance benefits.

Elsewhere in this edition, i-build offers some inspiration for creating a statement wall using extraordinary tiling solutions, such as wood-effect, split slate and stone. Meanwhile, audio visual specialist Connected AV runs through the vital considerations when integrating a home cinema into your self-build.

I hope you enjoy this issue. Don’t forget, if you’re coming to the end of your self-build project and would like to offer your home as inspiration for other budding house-builders, please don’t hesitate to contact me at the usual address. Alternatively, if you’re just beginning your self-build journey and would be keen for us to document your progress, do get in touch!