March 2017

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


Every self-build story is different – from the people that commission their own homes to the reasons behind them. While some housebuilders may want to create more space for their growing family, others may want to design a home that’s suited to a more modest lifestyle.

The beauty of this sector when looking for inspiration is these homes come in all different shapes and sizes. In this month’s issue, we’ve collated several homes that demonstrate just how approaches can differ.

Turn to page 18 to read how one couple set their sights on a self-build to create better guest accommodation for when their family visit from abroad. Meanwhile, on page 24 Hugh and Steph Craigie have not only designed a home with plenty of family space, but their build also suits their business needs too.

Also in this issue, nimtim architects talks to i-build about the outstanding renovation of a Victorian one-bedroom garden flat in London, Jewson reveals the top tools every self-builder should have at their disposal and Insurance Tailors offers a guide to Public Liability insurance.

Meanwhile, our design pages are filled with inspiration for those of you who are already starting to think about those finishing touches. If you’re into your creature comforts, we’ve collated a selection of entomology-inspired accessories – perfect to feel at one with nature. Elsewhere, we explore on-trend brass furnishings and watercolour prints.

I hope you enjoy this issue. Don’t forget, if you’re coming to the end of your self-build and would like us to feature your home as inspiration for other budding house-builders, then please do not hesitate to get in touch. Alternatively, if you’re about to embark on your self-build journey and would be keen for us to document your progress, do get in contact.