May 2017

Welcome to the May 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, the idea of designing and building one’s very own humble abode is all but a distant dream. There are, however, those who choose to act upon opportunities when they arise, such as our two featured self-builders in this issue, Marzouk and Michael.

With a passion for architecture and design, it was Marzouk Al-Bader’s lifelong dream to undertake a self-build project. Several family coastal vacations to north Cornwall’s picturesque Mawgan Porth confirmed Marzouk’s decision for his plot location and, with his perfect view in place, next on the agenda was the design and build of his family getaway holiday home, Sand Dunes. To find out more about Sand Dunes, turn to page 24.

Meanwhile, i-build talks to Michael Montgomery about the inspiration behind his rural escape. As an Architect, Michael’s interests and passion for low-energy technologies and low-cost building materials shine through in the design of his Northern Ireland family home. Turn to page 18 to find out how the Montgomery’s home complements the neighbouring landscape.

Elsewhere in this issue, Soil Environment Services covers all self-builders’ woes when it comes to ground investigation for foundation design, Hörmann offers its advice on adding the finishing touch to your project with garage doors and i-build talks to some of the top names in the world of underfloor heating.

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 don’t hesitate to get in touch. Alternatively, if you’re about to embark on your self-build journey and would be keen for i-build to document your progress, do get in contact.