May 2024

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.

As May unfolds, we bid farewell to the relentless April showers that dominated last month. Yet, amidst the rain, the adage holds true: 'April showers bring May flowers', infusing our gardens and countryside with a vibrant tapestry of springtime hues. Seeing these blossoms often inspires us to infuse our indoor spaces with the same lively palette, embracing colourful pastels to invigorate our home interiors. However, navigating the spectrum of vivid shades can be daunting for many, leaving them hesitant to explore colour.

In this edition, we delve into the enchanting transformation of Josie Lywood's Grade II-Listed Georgian residence in Brentford, south west London. As the Creative Director of Q Design House, Josie has masterfully curated each room with harmonious hues, infusing the historic property with an inviting splash of colour. Turn to page 20 to gain inspiration from Josie's exquisite home, where sun-drenched tones breathe new life into traditional Georgian architecture. Don't miss her captivating chequered marble kitchen flooring – a highlight of this month's interior trends.

Flip to page 08 for a showcase of six captivating chequerboard designs, spanning flooring, artwork and textiles, as part of the check trend. Taking monochrome to new heights, these designs inject a playful allure into any space, effortlessly complementing diverse interior schemes. For fans of the dark academic aesthetic, journey to page 06, where we explore the resurgence of dark cocoa. This trend, evoking the timeless sophistication of walnut, mahogany and teak, reminiscent of '70s office design, is sure to inspire.

Elsewhere in this issue, Chris Sadler, Founder of Kimble Solar, shares his top 10 essential considerations for those thinking about solar energy adoption, Gareth Lloyd-Jones, Managing Director at HIPPO, offers invaluable guidance on navigating DIY waste regulations and Dominic Gilhooly, Customer Services Team Manager at EnviroVent, underscores the pivotal role of ventilation in modern homes – both new and renovated.

Rebecca Kemp

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