Self build doesn’t have to cost the earth. With detailed research and planning you can build your own home for under £200,000. Take a look at the gallery to see what is possible when you build to a tighter budget.

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Brighton Self Build for £90,000

Jason Thawley has built an 80m² home on a tiny triangular plot in Brighton, taking on the design and much of the labour in order to meet his £90,000 budget.

A timber frame self build on a small plot

A Traditional Home for £140,000

Behind the façade of Geoffrey Hunter’s traditional, vernacular-style self build in Norfolk lies a highly sustainable home — built for £140,000.

Flint-clad blockwork self build house

A Dream Rural Home for £120,000

Steve and Lisa Attfield have built a new timber-clad farmhouse in the Devon countryside for just £120,000 — finally making their rural dream come true.

Modern farmhouse in Devon

A Handcrafted Home for just £100,000

Robin Cochrane chose a tricky plot on restricted piece of land on the banks of a river in the Scottish Highlands to build his budget home.

A DIY self build home in Scotland

A Charming Cottage for £158,000

Ian and Helen Hardy have replaced a run-down bungalow with a charming cottage-style family home in Surrey, pulling out all the stops to achieve a remarkably low build cost of just £158,000.

Three bedroom bungalow on a replacement dwelling

An Eco Home Built for £200,000

Anthony Lamb and partner Andy Andrews’ eco self-build in Somerset is a masterclass in sustainable homebuilding on a budget — built for just £200,000.

Eco friendly low cost self build

A Family Home for £139,000

Over the course of seven years, Jonathan and Nicola Marsh have built a large home for their growing young family in Leicestershire for just £139,000.

A four bedroom self build

A Small Self Build on a Tiny Budget of £59,000

Offering a solution to Britain’s housing shortage, Jennifer Hope and partner Mark Higgins built their first home, and also founded the aptly named The Wee House Company, for just £59,000.

A 40m2 self build house

A Hillside Home for £140,000

Colin and Iona Smith have created an organic contemporary home on a stunning hillside setting in Perthshire for a build cost of just £140,000.

A self build home on a sloping site

A £200k Oak Frame Home

Building an oak frame home in Worcestershire helped Michael Walker and wife Katie fulfil a dream of returning to the rural village in which he grew up — all for £200,000.

Oak frame self build

A Low-Energy Lifetime Home for £175,000

Jeff and Rose Tanner have built a low-energy home in Buckinghamshire, complete with a wide array of eco features and designed to last a lifetime, for just £175,000.

Low energy self build house

A Log Cabin for £180,000

Paul Constable and Lucy Fallon’s log cabin in Derbyshire looks right at home on their woodland plot, but it is hard to believe it took only 59 days to build and cost just £180,000.

Highly insulated log cabin

A Cutting Edge Eco Home for £123,000

A cutting-edge design in a stunning location, Nick Middleton and Kate Prentice’s new home is one of the most energy efficient on the Isle of Skye in Scotland, yet was built to a tiny budget of £123,000.

Sustainable SIPs self build

A Low Cost Home for £95,000

Retired joiner Mike and his wife Jane have designed and built a one bedroom eco home in Somerset on a DIY basis for just £95,000.

DIY timber frame self build

A City Self Build for £139,000

Tom and Emily Hunt’s contemporary, eco-friendly, self build home combines style and substance for an affordable £139,000.

Three storey SIPs house

A Family Eco Home for Under £200K

The demolition of a post-war bungalow has led Louise and Ivor Nicholson to create a bright, minimalist eco home, calling on family favours to help them keep to an impressive budget of just over £185,000.

Family eco house

A Cottage-Style Home for £115,000

Eco homes don’t need to break the bank — as Nicky and Robin van der Bij proved when they designed and built their stunning coastal cottage for just £115,000. Even better, it costs just £270 a year to heat.

Energy efficient cottage in Cornwall

A Low Cost Self Build for £98,500

Rob and Alithea Dawson bought a 35-acre woodland site for £10,000 and spent seven years in a mobile home trying to get planning on it. They have eventually built themselves a remarkable home in oak on a DIY basis for just £98,500.

Oak frame self build

A Low-Budget Self Build for £171,000

Isabel and Mal Voller have built a low-budget, energy-efficient self build cottage clad in brick and flint in Hampshire for their retirement — it cost just £171,000.

A low-budget eco cottage

A Timber-Clad Cabin for £125,000

A timber frame cabin on the Isle of Skye, built for just £125,00 by Nigel Rigden, shows how contemporary design can sit comfortably within a rural setting.

Timber frame cabin on the Isle of Wight

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