When we look to parts of the UK that have embraced self build so easily, Scotland is certainly one of them. With a lower population density than the rest of our island, and affordable land on offer, many Scots are finding plots to call their own.
Some people also take advantage of crofting law — that is, they buy a piece of land and apply to the Crofter’s Commission for authority to turn it into a croft. The benefit of this is that you can usually get planning permission to build a small home as part of the croft.
Take a look at this selection of homes built in Scotland.
A spectacular light-filled modern villa – full of interesting curves and angles – set into a secluded former walled garden in Fife and featuring lots of floor-to-ceiling glazing.
A low-maintenance, energy-efficient home build for under £160,000 in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty that sits just a short stroll away from its own private shoreline.
An off-the-peg house, uniquely customised to the owners’ needs and specifically suited to south-facing plots like theirs. The layout keeps service zones to the north and living spaces to the south to make the most of the sun and passive solar gain for warmth.
A unpretentious design in a stunning location, this home is one of the most energy efficient in Scotland — yet was built to a tiny budget of £123,000.
A Homebuilding & Renovating award winner, this Baronial-style home in the Highlands comes complete with turrets, gables and a grand entrance hall.
For under £150,000 the owners of this home created a Scandinavian-style property on a waterside plot in the Ross-shire.
A well-insulated home incorporating a wealth of renewable technologies, all designed to look at one with the surroundings and take in the stunning views.
A modernist, single storey home which takes advantage of passive solar gain and makes for an efficient self build family home.
A timber frame cabin on the Isle of Skye, built for just £125,000, shows how contemporary design can sit comfortably within a rural setting.
This Spey Valley home was architect’s Stuart Archer’s first major self build project and is a contemporary take on a traditional croft, using reclaimed granite and Scottish larch.
This astonishingly beautiful home is designed around its views, however, it is not only to be enjoyed from inside, as outside is a masterclass in creating a visually striking home that does not impose itself on its surroundings. In addition, the future of the home has been carefully considered and low energy living embraced so that the home plays its part environmentally.
A young couple have managed to fit a well-designed home full of light into a 40m² footprint — all for only £59,000.
This truly sustainable home has been built using as many locally sourced materials as possible. The home, which is also off grid, in fact generates more energy then it uses and feeds the surplus electricity back into the National Grid.
Built on a sloping site, atop a stream, in an area with heavy planning restrictions, and for a budget of just £200,000, this home shows how masterful design can overcome almost any hurdle.
A modern, minimalist take on the Scottish Baronial mansion with a U-shaped, courtyard design in Perthshire.
With a low lying roof and use of natural materials, these homeowners have created a self build home which is light and stylish on the inside, but blends into the landscape.
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