November 2019

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

As we head into the colder months, much of the nation is preparing for the UK’s notorious weather. As usual, we’re all expecting the torrential downpours and gale-force winds that hit the country year on year – and scaremongering reports of expected snow are already beginning to roll in. For those selfbuilders still on-site, suffice to say, this isn’t an ideal scenario – half-finished construction sites laden in mud, pools of knee-deep murky puddles, darker evenings slowing down the construction process; the list goes on.

The issue is that water – be it falling from the sky or seeping into structures from underground – is a real bugbear for self-builders and home renovators; especially in the autumn and winter months. If heavy rainfall is presenting problems to your home building project, imagine building a house sited on a high water table; and then add the prospect of integrating a basement into the design. This is the exact scenario David and Tanith Ridgway faced when they embarked on their ambitious six-bedroom house-building project. Luckily, thanks to a prefabricated solution, the couple completed the project, and the result is truly inspiring. That said, the build did not come without complexities. To read their full story, turn to page 34 of this month’s issue.

If this project sounds familiar and waterproofing a current non-existent basement is leaving you scratching your head, look no further. This month, we’ve teamed up with waterproofing specialist Safeguard and quizzed Managing Director, top tips for such complex projects. On page 38, Hudson takes us all back to stage one in a waterproofing 101 lesson.