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.
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.
Behind the façade of Geoffrey Hunter’s traditional, vernacular-style self build in Norfolk lies a highly sustainable home — built for £140,000.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tom and Emily Hunt’s contemporary, eco-friendly, self build home combines style and substance for an affordable £139,000.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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