July 2017

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


The kitchen has long been the heart of the home; a place for family gatherings, socialising and enjoying home-cooked meals with loved ones. Today, kitchens don’t just serve as the food preparation rooms of yesteryear, they have evolved into a room where we spend most of our downtime and are often home to televisions, social seating areas and state-of-the-art appliances.

With all this is mind, planning for your very own tailor-made kitchen can be a troublesome task and, with an abundance of the latest kitchen technologies available on the market, many self-builders will find it difficult to specify the right products for their kitchen’s design. As John Nicholls explains on page 30 in this issue, research and planning is key for a self-builder to achieve a desirable and future-proof kitchen.

While the design and planning of a kitchen may prove tricky, the specification of your appliances may be even more bothersome. With endless aspects to consider – from space-saving solutions to energy efficiency – and an array of different designs in the marketplace, decision-making can be an arduous task. In this issue, i-build has addressed these difficulties from a multi-disciplinary aspect and talked to some of the top names in kitchen appliances. For an insight into the appliance industry, turn to page 42.

Stepping out of the kitchen, elsewhere in this issue i-build tackles self-builders’ fencing woes, taps into the mind of New I.D. for all your interior needs and interviews a specialist self-build architectural practice.

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.