August 2019

Welcome to the August 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 self-builders, the opportunity to build their own home is a once in a lifetime experience. The prospect of this can sometimes encourage people to pull out all the stops to achieve the house of their dreams, be that with innovative materials or comprehensive, all-encompassing technology – in some cases, money being no object.

In This month’s issue of i-build profiles two impressive builds that have been constructed with the holiday lettings market in mind. Both projects now generate a sizeable income which allows the owners to live independently without any financial worries and pressures.

On page 12, you’ll be amazed at the striking appearance of Bumble Barn – a bee-shaped, sustainable Kent property that caters to lovers of the countryside. Malcolm and Lewana opted for an off-site structure which was delivered to site virtually complete.

The high specification of the fixtures and fittings add to the uniqueness of this project, and is one of the many reasons that guests return again and again.

Meanwhile on page 18, Richard and Debbie unveil their ambitious house renovation, which was completed in spite of the tragic personal circumstances that came their way throughout the build. Thanks to a partnership with The Travel Chapter, the family are now reaping the financial benefits with guests visiting from all corners of the world.

Elsewhere in this issue, we reveal how worktops can drastically transform a kitchen without breaking the bank, oast house renovation expert Mark Horner raises some important questions before you consider embarking on the restoration of this iconic structure and Welsh Oak Frame proves that a timber frame home can be built anywhere.

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 dream home as inspiration for other budding self-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 us to document your progress, do get in contact.