October 2023

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

After some disappointment due to the late arrival of the much-anticipated autumn season, it's time to focus on making our indoor spaces warm and cosy for the upcoming colder months. Naturally, heating is our first consideration. In this issue, we explore underfloor heating (UFH), a favourite among self-builders and home renovators. Andrew Curry, Training Manager at Schlüter-Systems, discusses UFH's advantages and installation options. This provides homeowners with efficient and comfortable heating solutions. For a comprehensive look at the benefits, please turn to page 16.

However, all the dedication and thought put into heating our homes would be in vain if the warmth escapes through inadequate construction of the roof, walls and floors. This is especially significant when considering both the environmental and financial costs of heat loss. On page 22, we talk with John Klee, a Heating Trend Analyst at BestHeating, about the importance of effective insulation techniques. Discover the primary areas of heat loss and learn how to prevent it effectively.

For those who choose the freedom and adventure that accompanies tiny house living, insulation also plays a pivotal role. To fully embrace the tiny house dream, ensuring year-round comfort is essential. Proper insulation and climate-appropriate design are key to achieving this goal. Gencaga Vural, Co-Founder & COO at Tiny House Pro, delves into the significance of these factors and how they can significantly enhance your tiny house experience. For the complete article, please turn to page 28.

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.

Rebecca Kemp

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