December 2016

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.


If you’re in the early stages of planning your self-build, let me ask you this: who would be in your dream team? An architect, planning consultant, structural engineer, Building Regulations expert…? For many, I assume, if funds permitted, you would have on board as many trades and specialists as possible. But for a rare few self-builders, sometimes the vision is so strong that often this negates the need for a specialist designer or engineer.

This was exactly the case for Sue Eakers with Low Down House. After countless years searching for a plot, Sue had built such a clear picture of her home in her mind that when she finally came across the perfect site, she didn’t even need to enlist the help of an architect. To read more about Sue’s experience, turn to page 18.

Meanwhile on page 14, Architectural Designer and TV Presenter, Charlie Luxton, explains why investing in a good architect is money well spent. There are surprisingly very few experienced architects out there that specialise in the self-build sector, but he stresses that although you will pay a premium, it’s worth factoring them into the budget.

Elsewhere in this issue, David Brown at Folk2Folk explains how peer-to-peer finance is supporting property developers, Philip Elliott advises homeowners how to build a solar-powered home without forking out for solar panels and Kensa Heat Pumps unveils the tricks to installing ground source heat pumps in historic builds.

As always, our pages are bursting with design inspiration for those of you who are nearing the completion of your home. This month, we’re capturing the essence of Christmas, as many of you will have set a goal to be in your new home in time for the festive season. From wreaths and garlands through to decorative accessories, these items will be sure to fill your home with comfort and joy.

I hope you enjoy this issue. Don’t forget, if you’re coming to the end of your self-build 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.