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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Self Build Lakeside home in the Cotswolds

For Rachel and Manuel Nogueira, building their contemporary lakeside home in the Cotswolds countryside was all about creating the perfect family getaway.
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Self-build holiday home in the Norfolk Broads

Architects Patrick and Claire Michell used their expert knowledge to design the perfect holiday retreat by a secluded lagoon in the Norfolk Broads
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Iconic architectural styles

Grand Design explores the defining elements of contemporary construction movements, from the harsh facades of Brutalism to the white render of Modernism.
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Visit the UK’s only self build show centre…

Our stunning show homes will inspire your imagination.
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Timber-framed split-level new build in Devon

Amy and Adam Greenman’s split-level, timber-framed home nestles into the slope of its tree-lined plot in Devon.

Kevin McCloud on the connection between buildings and place

Our editor-at-large ponders the relationship between buildings and site, and how it affects our love of them.
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Buyer's guide to build systems

We look at the most popular structural options to help you decide on the perfect route for your new home.
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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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10 things you need to know before building your own home

There’s a lot to consider when building your own home. We reveal the secrets to completing your dream home on time, to budget and with...
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Case study: Seamless en suite space

The clean lines of Corian bring refined bespoke luxury to a Cotswolds en suite.
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Eco-friendly new-build on Grand Designs Australia

For eco-conscious Grand Designs Australia builders Nigel and Nina Eberhardt, a prized gum tree became the star of their project.
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Charlie Luxton's self build holiday home in Tregona, north Cornwall

Timing, planning and patience were key to the success of TV architectural designer Charlie Luxton’s holiday home.

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.