Self Build Homes

by Jayne Dowle and Hugh Metcalf

January 25, 2021

6 self builders who carried out the building work themselves

To beat budget restraints, these have-a-go heroes rolled up their sleeves and tackled the construction of their homes themselves. Image: Jefferson Smith If you've seen…
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Home Improvements

Stunning sliding doors featured on Grand Designs

Sliding doors can add style, open up your home and bring the outside in. We look at a company whose cutting-edge products are featured in...
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Home Improvements

MVHR: a guide to whole home ventilation systems

Discover everything that you need to know about MVHR, from whether it's right for your home to how much these systems cost. 
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Grand Designs TV Houses

Grand Designs TV House 2021: Dutch barn self build in South Lincolnshire

Featured in episode 3 of the 2021 series, Nathan and Amye's Dutch barn inspired home is an ambitious project that tested their self build skills....
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Top self build highlights at Grand Designs Live 2019 hosted by Kevin McCloud

Find top experts, specialist exhibitors and a wealth of inspiration for your self-build or renovation project all under one roof.
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Extensions

A modern extension to a Walter Segal self build in Lewisham

Looking to adapt a 1970s Walter Segal Method self build for modern living, Fraher & Findlay architects employed a reverent design philosophy. 
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Grand Designs TV Houses

Interior design secrets of the Grand Designs cemetery house

Designer Gretchen Trusted talks about the interior scheme created for Justin's beautiful renovation of a home on a graveyard.

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Home Improvements

Quiet boilers and heat pumps: Best buys for peaceful living

Boilers and heat pumps can often be distractingly noisy. Discover a range that have the Quiet Mark seal of approval.
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Home Improvements

Customisable timber buildings for the perfect outdoor space

JointKit timber frame buildings are the perfect way to get a customisable outdoor building. Discover offices, garages and more that don’t require planning permission.
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Home Improvements

Before and after: 5 creative exterior makeovers to uninspiring homes

Be inspired to renovate your home's facade with these incredible exterior makeovers.

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Grand Designs TV Houses

Grand Designs TV House 2021: Barn conversion in Sevenoaks, Kent

In episode 2 of the new series of Grand Designs, Georgie and Greg are converting a barn on their family farm in Kent. But is...
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Competitions

Think you've got London's best new home extension? Enter this competition

Enter your home or design project for New London Architecture's Don't Move, Improve awards. Here's how...
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Home Improvements

Bathroom trends: 9 design ideas making a splash in 2021

From statement stone to fluted finishes and Japandi-inspired schemes, these trends will define bathroom design over the coming year.
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Competitions

Win a project consultation with Kevin McCloud at Grand Designs Live

A unique chance to talk to Grand Designs presenter Kevin McCloud about your self-build or renovation project.