July 2022

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.


Building a home from scratch is a noisy business. Once a build is in full swing and you’re receiving daily deliveries from back-up-beeping lorries with the ringing and hissing of multiple power tools and machines playing in the background, you may leave your plot with a headache at the end of the working day. Whilst onsite, build-phase clamour may be a temporary nuisance, it’s essential to consider the long-term noise disturbances in the final design of your build. Good acoustics in a home have been confirmed to enhance occupant wellbeing and reduce stress, meaning if you consider both outside and inside sounds when planning out your space, you’ll benefit from peace and quiet later on down the line.

A great place to start, and one that’s often overlooked, is one of the first things you’ll be greeted with when your home is complete – the front door. In this month’s edition, we talk to Door Superstore about why opting for a stylish door that also offers acoustic benefits can be a delight for the senses in more ways than one. Turn to page 30 to find out more.

Meanwhile, we take you to sunny climes and talk to Maria Pearson about what drove her and her husband, Graham, to leave the UK and construct their very own self-build villa in mainland Spain. Turn to page 14 to read more about casa Pearson.

Elsewhere, we talk to KOTO – the architecture firm responsible for some very cool, very sleek modular homes – about the benefits of opting for a prefabricated build; CTD Architectural Tiles runs through what’s needed when picking tiles for pool areas and Pure Theatre uncovers the common pitfalls of designing and building home cinemas.


Rebecca Kemp