The cool, the perfectly detailed, the weird and wonderful, the pioneers and the architectural classics: Jason Orme picks some of the greatest individual homes from recent times.

The One-offs

Russian Fantasy

Russian Fantasy

Suffolk, 2011: An oak frame home largely hand-built by its owners and based on a scale model inspired by an old magazine clipping.

Build cost: £250,000; Size: 300m²
Designer: Self-designed

Baronial Beauty

Baronial Beauty

Highlands, 2008: A new home designed to look like an old Scottish manor house — built out of timber frame, no less.

Build cost: £950,000; size: 550m²
Designer: Border Design Centre

The Traditionals

The New Barn

The New Barn

Powys, 2009: A brand new oak frame home fits perfectly into its scenic rural landscape thanks to a mix of timber and stone.

Build cost: £430,000; Size: 235m²
Designer: Welsh Oak Frame

North European

North European

Highlands, 2004: This brilliant Scandinavian-inspired new build on a lochside plot is a delightfully subtle design done well.

Build cost: £148,000; Size: 200m²
Designer: Frank Burstow

The Farmhouse

The Farmhouse

Essex, 2010: Flared eaves, jettying and perfect proportions contribute to a brand new country classic.

Build cost: £625,000; Size: 622m²
Designer: Stephen Mattick

Country Chic

Country Chic

Oxfordshire, 2007: HB&R Editor-in-Chief Michael Holmes’ Georgian-style new build comes complete with contemporary ‘extension’.

Build cost: £785,000; Size: 560m²
Designer: Jonathan Dennis

The Red House

The Red House

Hampshire, 2008: Mixing barn style with the very best of Arts & Crafts design, this oak frame home is quintessentially English.

Build cost: £368,000; Size: 360m²
Designer: Huw Thomas

The Moderns

Born Organic

Born Organic

Hampshire, 2009: This serene new home mixes modern shapes with a soft palette of materials to great effect.

Build cost: c.£800,000; Size: 290m²
Designer: pad STUDIO

From the Future

From the Future

Devon, 2007: Overlooking the Exe estuary, this space-age wonder is actually a brilliantly designed home fit for a modern family.

Build cost: £660,000; Size: 600m²
Designer: Stan Bolt

Treetops

Treetops

Somerset, 2007: Where Modernist design meets organic, sustainable specification: a new family pad very much at home with nature.

Build cost: £266,000; Size: 227m²
Designer: Rebecca & Jim Dyer

The Hidden House

The Hidden House

London, 2006: Only a fraction of this new subterranean home, built on the site of former garages, is visible to the passer-by.

Size: 155m²
Designer: Crawford Partnership

Deco Inspired

Deco Inspired

Devon, 2007: A contemporary design that mixes Modernism with a hint of 30s style — the perfect summer home

Size: 370m²
Designer: Stan Bolt

The Greens

The No Heat Home

The No-heat Home

East Yorkshire, 2008: Don’t be fooled by its conventional exterior — this SIPs build was one of the first to need no central heating.

Build cost: £195,000; Size: 105m²
Designer: Sancton Drawing

Moonstone

Moonstone

Gloucestershire, 2009: Somehow, this huge new build has the heat requirement of a small flat, thanks to top insulation and eco-kit.

Build cost: £1.6m; Size: 1,550m²
Designer: Roderick James Architects

Clearview

A Clear View

Cambridgeshire, 2008: Innovative passive solar house built from solid structural timber panels encased in recycled glass insulation.

Build cost: £510,000; Size: 205m²
Designer: Mole Architects

Hidden Depth

Hidden Depth

Cornwall, 2006: This stone-built cottage is actually an agenda-setting airtight green build with hemp insulation.

Build cost: £115,000; Size: 100m²
Designer: Ecohouse

The Import

The Import

Cornwall, 2007: The first of a new wave of German highly airtight factory-built timber frames — even the insulation is recycled.

Build cost: £625,000; Size: 305m²
Designer: Baufritz

The Classics

Towering Success

Towering Success

Cheshire, 2004: An astonishing contemporary-style home built around – and incorporating – a water tower.

Build cost: £550,000; Size: 510m²
Designer: Ellis Williams Architects