March 2022

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


For design professionals, the prospect of designing their very own homes must truly be a dream come true. Spending your working life designing properties that meet the requirements and stylistic tastes of other individuals must be the ultimate teaser – especially when you’re passionate about design and have a burning desire to create a space that reflects your own style. For the second month running, we cover a home that has been devised for an interior designer. Unlike last month’s kitchen renovation, however, this time, the designer is also the self-builder and, as anticipated, the inside of the property is exquisite.

On page 12 of this month’s issue, Interior Designer Caoimhe Connolly, known on Instagram as @houseontheborder, speaks to me about the voyage she and her husband, Charlie – who, interestingly, has six siblings who have all created their own self-build masterworks – took to build their home. Here, she runs through the trials and tribulations of her self-build experience – including a last-minute mortgage provider dropout, which surprisingly hasn’t put her off the idea of taking on another project, should the prospect of a fixer-upper business opportunity arise. Of course, Caoimhe also reveals her insider interior secrets to how she achieved maximum elegance for her blank canvas and offers top tips for planning your interiors, too.

Elsewhere in this issue, Howdens offers advice on designing two of the most sought-after spaces for self-builders and home renovators – utility and boot rooms. Turn to page 30 to read the full article. And, Smart Architectural Aluminium – who you may remember from an inspirational Grand Designs programme that featured a crumbling Cumbrian mill project last year – runs through everything you need to consider when choosing windows and doors for your project. Turn to page 22 for expert advice.

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 home as inspiration for other budding housebuilders, then please do not 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.


Rebecca Kemp