Over the years Homebuilding & Renovating magazine has featured hundreds of 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.
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.
2. Fairytale Castle Home
This Scottish Baronial-style country home in the Highlands has been designed complete with turrets and gables.
3. An Extension in Gold
Architect Stan Bolt has clad the asymmetrical roof of this inventive extension in gold-coloured copper alloy.
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.
5. A Treehouse Home
Hidden away on an idyllic orchard plot, this timber-frame treehouse has been constructed around a full-sized oak tree.
6. A Medieval Manor
Although appearing centuries old, Braylsham Castle is a self build project, with the homeowners completing most of the work themselves.
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.
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.
9. Castle-Style Boathouse
Taking over a decade to construct, this castle-cum-boathouse sits on a suitably special plot overlooking the River Dart.
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.
11. A Mirrored Self Build
Designed by Paul Archer, this inventive mirrored build maximises an awkward sloped site while offering flowing inside-outside living.
12. A Family Home on a Small
Architect Matt White utilised a small plot of land in London to create an adventurous and fun family home; both inside and out.