February 2020

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

The never-ending first month of the year is finally over, and the January blues are all but a distant memory. For the disciplined amongst us, New Year's resolutions have been followed to a 'T'; and for those with little willpower, whose intentions were abandoned in early 2020, there's still time to make a change. Whether your resolution for 2020 was to reach a key milestone on your home-building project, to overcome a mind-boggling hurdle or to build more sustainably, January has provided us all with a motive to make at least one change. We'd love to hear your home-building resolutions. Head over to our Twitter page and use the hashtag #ibuildresolutions to share the changes you plan to make this year.

As we head into brighter, more uplifting months; we've included some interior inspo in this month's issue. Turn to page 06 to be inspired by the tropics and flick to page 08 for some seasonal home accessories for Valentine's Day.

Elsewhere in this issue, we've talked to one inspirational dairy farming family who has built their very own relaxing getaway. Portloe-based Nare's Yard provides an idyllic escape from the farming life – when time permits – for Debs and Nathan Pryor, and their two boys. And, when the Pryors are preoccupied with everyday life, they rent the property out to tourists of the Cornish village via Unique Home Stays. To learn more about their countryside escape, turn to page 22.

Meanwhile, 270 miles across the country, we commute to city life in the soughtafter, up-and-coming London Borough of Islington. In this article, Architect Kate Clare of LOUD Architects explains how she completely reconfigured Matthew and Gemma Dorey's London apartment to reveal its true spatial potential. To read more about how Kate's interchangeable floorplan gave Matthew and Gemma more room to breathe, turn to page 16.

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.