Self Build Homes

Planning your own Grand Design? Make sure your self build project runs as smoothly as possible with our expert guides and advice, plus take inspiration from our self build homes case studies. From choosing a plot to funding and finding the right architect, you can ensure your own self build is a success.

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Case study: Hi-tech contemporary kitchen

Hi-tech appliances combine with contemporary style in this new-build family home in West London.
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Case study: En suite bathroom design for life

Gavin and Sally Cooke planned ahead when they built their new en suite to suit their visiting parents’ needs.
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Stunning demolition/new build in North London by Facit Homes

With Anya, Robin and their 4 boys fast outgrowing their house in North London, in order to stay in the area that was ideal for...
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New build villa in Bloemendaal, Netherlands

Paul and Eugenie de Ruiter's Holland home blends effortlessly into the dunescape with its clean lines and simple palette of dark wood and glass.
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A self-build woodland retreat in Hampshire

An existing building and glorious woodland location inspired architect Tristan Wigfall to create a modern yet sympathetic country home in Hampshire

Kevin McCloud on how our homes give us the chance to reflect and have new experiences

Our editor-at-large ponders how our homes can give us a chance to reflect and have new experiences.
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Your options for self building your home

We look at the different options – from using a main contractor to hiring a package company or tackling the building work yourself – to...
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Passive house rural barn in Berkshire

Inspired by a traditional timber barn, Tom Gresford has created a Passivhaus-certified home that sits perfectly in its rural setting.
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Transform Architects

Transform Architects is an Award-winning RIBA Chartered Practice that specializes in contemporary self builds / extensions / disability adaptations and makeovers.
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Waterside chalet home in Germany

A modern twist on the classic chalet, Andrea Dresely’s contemporary waterside home in south-west Germany was created with sustainability in mind.
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Self build mortgages

Find out what your options are for financing your building project with our advice on UK self build mortgages.

Research has shown that approximately one million people in the United Kingdom are taking part in their own building projects, be that self build homes, extensions, garden rooms, conversions or property renovation.

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Normally a building project is undertaken to increase living space for family or entertaining requirements or to increase the value of a property. Sometimes, it’s because of the builder’s desire to create an outstanding piece of architecture that is appealing and different, whether it’s constructed on an empty plot of land, or to extend an existing property.

The key to a successful self build is finding the right plot. Once a plot of land has been found, before starting a project, planning permission is required for building. While starting a self build project might sound an interesting challenge, be aware of the financial implications. Establishing a budget, and staying on budget can be a huge challenge in itself, and so it is important to get these in place from the beginning.

Finding the right architect for your self build will mean that you are able to create a brief to design the perfect family home, the spacious kitchen or the exciting tree house that you’ve always wanted.

The average self build can take up to a year just at the pre-planning stage, and then another year to complete on site, or sometimes more. It’s important to not rush the pre-planning process, as rushing at the early stage of any building project could cause architectural or other problems in the future. Prioritise external areas of the building to be completed first; interior installations, improvements and decorative touches can be pushed back to after the build completion.