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.

Self Build Homes

by Anna Winston

September 29, 2020

5 inspiring single-story self build homes

There are distinct advantages to living on one level, as these amazing bungalow self builds demonstrate   Image: Jim Stephenson Sometimes, a single storey is…
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Modular self build homes: what's the process?

High quality, sustainable, design-led prefab houses are more popular than ever. An architect tells us the secrets of the Baufritz approach.
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Sliding doors offer beautiful country views for this Norfolk home

Sliding doors and slim windows are a great way to open up sightlines in your home. This inspirational new build in Norfolk shows what’s possible.
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Walters Way: take a tour of this self build street in Lewisham

Watch the story of Walter's Way in Lewisham - a self build project that has inspired many grand designs.
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5 of best self build projects using timber 2020

Discover the self build, extension and renovation build projects championing timber that are shortlisted for the Wood Awards 2020.
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A Japanese-inspired self build with a tranquil outdoor space

Explore this project from Columbia, inspired by Japanese architecture and with an awe-inspiring outdoor space.
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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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10 art buying tips for self-builders and renovators

Grand designer Elinor Barikor explores how to approach buying art for a self build or renovation project
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How to reduce the carbon footprint of your build

Whether you are building a house from scratch or undertaking a major renovation of your home, follow this expert advice to assess and reduce the...
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How to hire the right project team for your self build

Ensure a smooth and stress-free self build process by hiring the right team for your project.
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Choosing materials for cavity wall construction

Learn the basics of cavity wall insulation and how you should adapt your choice to meet the requirements of your home's location.
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Self build mortgages: What to know in 2020

The latest advice for self build mortgages in 2020 could help you to secure the finances to build your dream home.
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6 things architects want you to know about your self-build or renovation

Top UK architects spill on what they wish their clients knew before starting on a self-build or renovation project

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.