September 2016

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.


Finding the right plot for your dream home is undoubtedly a lengthy process. For some it can take years to find that perfect plot in the perfect location. You might choose to go down the land avenue. While it may be tempting to purchase a cheap parcel of land, there may be a reason for its low cost. Always be sure that the plot you’re interested in has some sort of consent in place. If you’re unsure about the finer details, turn to page 14 where BuildStore’s Raymond Connor talks you through your search process.

Alternatively, you may opt to go down the route of demolishing an existing property to make way for your own vision. For our self-builders featured in this month’s issue, the demolition of dated bungalows presented the ideal opportunity to redevelop.

For the Hobbs family, a bungalow on the outskirts of their village had enough land to meet the needs of the whole family. A decade after moving into the bungalow, demolition took place and now a green oak framed home stands in its place. To find out more, turn to page 18. Similarly, Etienne Patterson and his wife Katie had always dreamt of building their own home, but never envisaged building one for his parents too on the same plot! Knocking down a dated bungalow created ample space for the two homes side by side. Turn to page 24 to read more about this dynamic duo of self-builds.

Elsewhere in this issue, SpecifiedBy discusses the role of the project manager and reveals the questions you should ask yourself to determine if you’re the best person for the job. Meanwhile if you’re looking to make a statement entrance, consider these striking staircase options on page 48.

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 get in touch 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 contact.