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.
Designed and built by the owner, this fantastical home is constructed from oak, with a metal dragon adorning the chimney.
This Scottish Baronial-style country home in the Highlands has been designed complete with turrets and gables.
Architect Stan Bolt has clad the asymmetrical roof of this inventive extension in gold-coloured copper alloy.
A 130-year-old water tower has been transformed into family home with a striking minimalist extension, by Ellis Williams Architects.
Hidden away on an idyllic orchard plot, this timber-frame treehouse has been constructed around a full-sized oak tree.
Although appearing centuries old, Braylsham Castle is a self build project, with the homeowners completing most of the work themselves.
Crafted from Cotswold stone, clay tiles and untreated cedar, this sustainable home was designed by architect Adrian James.
This property, designed by Stan Bolt, is situated on a cliffside plot, with large sections of glazing maximising views.
Taking over a decade to construct, this castle-cum-boathouse sits on a suitably special plot overlooking the River Dart.
With the brief to ‘be bold’, Birds Portchmouth Russum architects have designed this three-part house, mixing cladding, render and curves.
Designed by Paul Archer, this inventive mirrored build maximises an awkward sloped site while offering flowing inside-outside living.
Architect Matt White utilised a small plot of land in London to create an adventurous and fun family home; both inside and out.