Welcome to the May edition of i-Build magazine! This issue is packed with inspirational projects and products as well as useful advice for your self-build.
2022’s energy price hike has sent shock waves throughout the nation. With bills calculated to reach a £700 rise and concerns about Brits plunging into fuel poverty this coming winter, homeowners up and down the country are desperately seeking energy- and cost-saving suggestions from the professionals. Fortunately, those building their own homes and extensions from scratch, or undertaking home improvements to their building envelopes, are in an incredibly advantageous position. If energy-efficient building elements weren’t at the front of these lucky home improvers’ minds previously, they certainly will be now. To steer homeowners in the right direction, we talk to 4lite’s Marketing Manager, Rachel Morris, about how specifying smart lighting choices can help reduce lighting expenditure in the home and keep absurd energy bill increases at bay. Turn to page 10 to read the full article.
Elsewhere, we ask Lazenby key questions about opting for in-vouge polished concrete for a self-build project. In this article, the concrete specialist explains all you need to know about the process, maintenance, cost and sustainability of the popular industrial-style floor and wall surfacing solution. Flick to page 34 to find out more. On page 06, we celebrate the return of one of Netflix’s most-watched shows with a Bridgerton-inspired Desired Designs spread that’ll encourage you to immerse yourself in the Regency London era. Meanwhile, Plus Rooms outlines the best route to take if you’re thinking about starting a home extension project on page 32, and Hartley Botanic reveals all you need to know about buying a greenhouse and growing your own produce this spring on page 36.