May 2023

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.

In this month's issue, we bring you a diverse range of tips and tricks that cover everything from interior design and landscaping to renewable technology and heating solutions.

If you want to add personality and style to your home, check out our Desired Designs section. Here, we explore two unique ways to add character and sophistication to your home's interior. The first, 'Straight and Narrow', showcases how stripes, when used correctly, can make a space feel larger or cosier. Meanwhile, 'Fungi-ture' highlights the resurgence of mushroom designs, which have become a popular trend in the cottagecore aesthetic. These whimsical and organic accents bring a touch of nature and fantasy to any space.

Elsewhere in this issue, we showcase two inspiring projects that demonstrate the possibilities of self-build and renovation. First, we invite you to explore the Hay Barn, a stunning contemporary design by PiP Architects that blends local agricultural elements with minimalist principles. Situated in a picturesque rural setting, this self-build project is a testament to the Potts family's vision and commitment to creating a unique and sustainable home. Turn to page 20 to read more.

We also had the pleasure of speaking with Robert Linforth, who shares his experience of undertaking a major renovation project to create his dream home. In our Q&A on page 12, he discusses his decision to pursue the project, his vision for the new home and the challenges he faced during the planning and construction stages. He also offers insights into his approach to material and product specification, which may be helpful for anyone considering a similar project.

Plus, if you're looking for more inspiration, be sure to check out Build It Live Bicester, where you can find expert advice and top tips on building or renovating your dream home. And don't miss the Scottish Homebuilding & Renovating Show, where you can get two free tickets worth £24*.

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 house-builders, 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.

*Saving based on one-day door price. Children under 16 go free. The offer expires at 3pm on 19th May 2023.

Rebecca Kemp

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