October 2016

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


The perfect renovation project comes in all shapes and sizes. Providing you’ve got the finance in place and you’re fully committed to the process, the opportunities are endless. Just like discovering a tucked away plot of land, a disused public building can also turn out to be a rare treat. After all, it is the hidden gems that make the self-build journey all the more worthwhile.

For Charlotte Thomson and Joey Auger, their decision to purchase a disused toilet block in the Cornwall town of Charlestown sparked a media frenzy. Many asked what could possibly be done to this dated, dilapidated building. In such a perfect location overlooking the coast and harbour, it wasn’t hard for the couple to see its full potential and they immediately got to work on the plans and started scouting out the high-quality materials they envisaged for the property. But as expected with any old, coast-facing building, the renovation and specification of materials was not all plain sailing. Turn to page 18 to find out more.

Elsewhere in this issue, Finn Geotherm explains the Government funding available for those house-builders looking to install renewable heating into their self-build. Meanwhile, Cellecta’s Ben Banks discusses what buyers should look for when selecting the right insulation for their home.

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.