January 2022

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.


Hate it or loathe it; it’s here to stay for, what seems like, a never-ending total of 31 long days. That’s right, January is upon us. Of course, that means the evenings are gloomy and bitter, the ‘great British weather’ is here with a vengeance, and we’re all trying to bypass the dreariness of the first month of 2022 by directing all our attention on New Year’s resolutions. Fortunately, we’ve wrapped up all the doom and gloom associated with this shunned period of the year and given it a constructive perspective for this month’s issue.

Firstly, The Stovax Heating Group brings us in from the cold into toasty and cosy interiors with roaring fireplaces. Here, the manufacturer of stoves and fireplaces reveals the hottest fireplace trends of the year. Head over to pages 16-17 to find out more. Next, Daniel Clarke from West Fraser shelters us from the elements with some top tips on speeding up the process of getting your build to the weathertight stage. In this article, he talks of a new, quicker approach that commercial developers are following and explains how you can do the same, while also keeping costs and safe working practices in mind. Turn to pages 24-25 to read Daniel’s guidance. Also, Gemma Davis from Graven Hill, the UK’s largest self- and custom-build development, uncovers a vision that will be on budding future homebuilders’ New Year’s resolution lists. In this article, Gemma runs through the Government’s Help to Build scheme and explains how it’s making the prospect of self- or custom-building viable for more people than ever before. Turn to pages 10-11 to find out if self - or custom-building is finally the route you can take this year.

Conclusively, to wrap up this edition, we go from cold to sub-zero as we head over to western Iceland to check out the conversion of a derelict concrete barn that’s been transformed into a family home containing a working artist’s studio. Find out how Studio Bua worked with the building’s ruins to create a rustic, yet modern, design that perfectly frames the surrounding views of mountains, meadows, a fjord and the open sea beyond. Turn to pages 18-23 for this must-see renovation.


Rebecca Kemp