Since its launch, Homebuilding & Renovating has featured hundreds of incredible self builds. The very nature of self build is that it enables the homeowner to create the house they want, with a design and layout to suit their lifestyle, and this can lead to some very interesting and varied designs.

Below we highlight the unforgettable self builds that rip up the rule book when it comes to design.

1. A Fantasy Self Build

Designed and built by the owner, this fantastical home is constructed from oak, with a metal dragon adorning the chimney.

Fantastical home with a metal dragon

2. Fairytale Castle Home

This Scottish Baronial-style country home in the Highlands has been designed complete with turrets and gables.

A baronial-style country home in the Highlands

3. An Extension in Gold

Architect Stan Bolt has clad the asymmetrical roof of this inventive extension in gold-coloured copper alloy.

Unusual extension with a gold asymmetrical roof

4. Modern Extension to a Water Tower

A 130-year-old water tower has been transformed into family home with a striking minimalist extension, by Ellis Williams Architects.

A converted water tower

5. A Treehouse Home

Hidden away on an idyllic orchard plot, this timber-frame treehouse has been constructed around a full-sized oak tree.

A timber frame treehouse

6. A Medieval Manor

Although appearing centuries old, Braylsham Castle is a self build project, with the homeowners completing most of the work themselves.

Braylsham Castle - a self built medieval manor

7. A Striking Home with a Curved Roof

Crafted from Cotswold stone, clay tiles and untreated cedar, this sustainable home was designed by architect Adrian James.

A sustainable home built using local materials

8. Contemporary Home on a Cliff

This property, designed by Stan Bolt, is situated on a cliffside plot, with large sections of glazing maximising views.

Contemporary cliffside home designed by Stan Bolt

9. Castle-Style Boathouse

Taking over a decade to construct, this castle-cum-boathouse sits on a suitably special plot overlooking the River Dart.

A coastal home built into the cliff face

10. A Home with Mixed Materials

With the brief to ‘be bold’, Birds Portchmouth Russum architects have designed this three-part house, mixing cladding, render and curves.

An imaginitive self build with curved central atrium

11. A Mirrored Self Build

Designed by Paul Archer, this inventive mirrored build maximises an awkward sloped site while offering flowing inside-outside living.

Self build house with mirrored exterior

12. A Family Home on a Small Plot

Architect Matt White utilised a small plot of land in London to create an adventurous and fun family home; both inside and out.

A cutting-edge family home built on an urban plot in London

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