February 2024

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

As we bid farewell to the muted tones of neutral, grey, greige and beige, we're making way for a transition to more vivid interior colour palettes, mirroring societal shifts from the clinical ambience of the pandemic to a brighter, optimistic outlook amidst economic challenges. In this edition, we delve into the dark academia trend, offering a blend of deep, rich hues reminiscent of a classic British library with a touch of Harry Potter's enchantment. Discover how to infuse your self-build or renovation project with this captivating style on page 06.

Additionally, wall panelling and trim moulding, once staples of the monochromatic era, are evolving. Homeowners are now embracing bolder, statement-making shades for these elements. In this month's issue, BLACK+DECKER presents a comprehensive DIY guide for trim moulding projects. Gain essential skills for preparation, cutting, installation and adding the perfect finishing touches on page 24.

Last but by no means least, our spotlight also shines on two exceptional London renovations. Page 20 showcases GOAStudio's transformation of a dated flat into a unified family dwelling. On page 14, we take you to South Tottenham, where Plus Rooms and Six Hands have masterfully created a charred-wood kitchen extension for a Victorian property.

Plus, explore how small architectural firms are shaping UK residential design, read up on expert guidance for turning bathrooms into wellness sanctuaries, and learn the advantages of choosing a green roof for your home.

Rebecca Kemp

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