Every self build project is bound by the budget, and a tight budget can mean that you have to make some compromises along the way. However, you might be surprised at the type of home you can achieve within your self build budget.

We’ve organised the projects in the list below by price band to give you an idea of what other self builders have achieved. Work out what your budget is, then take a look at the projects for some serious inspiration.

Note: we have omitted land costs from the figures because these vary so much from place to place. To find out about land costs and available plots in your area, visit the Plotfinder website.


Budget: £100,000 and under

A Starter Home on a Budget: £80,000

Phil Coe transformed an old agricultural building into a modern home using skills he learned in college and tutorials on the internet.

  • Build cost: £80,000 (£615/m²)
  • Build time: 2 years
  • Location: Yorkshire

Contemporary Barn-Style Self Build: £80,000

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Taking inspiration from the local vernacular, Niall and Helen Maxwell created a sustainable home fit for modern living using local materials and labour to keep costs down.

  • Build cost: £80,000 (£1,066/m²)
  • Build time: 3 years 10 months
  • Location: North Carmarthenshire

Triangular Eco-House Built: £90,000

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Jason and Sarah Thawley built a beautiful home in the city centre of Brighton with timber frame, taking on much of the design and labour work themselves.

  • Build cost: £90,000 (£1,125/m²)
  • Build time: 2 years
  • Location: Brighton

A Handcrafted Home on a Tricky Plot: £100,000

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Insulated concrete formwork (ICF) was used to build this home over a stream on a restricted plot. The homeowner, Robin, took inspiration from the internet to teach himself different skills and built the majority of the house himself.

  • Build cost: £100,000 (£690/m2)
  • Build time: 1 year 8 months
  • Location: Argyll & Bute

Traditional-style Super-insulated House: £60,000

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At just 24, Richard Baldwin used ICF to build his home on a largely DIY basis with help from friends and family. The home inside is finished with a bespoke contemporary look.

  • Build cost: £68,000 (£447/m²)
  • Build time: 1 year 7 months
  • Location: Derbyshire

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Budget: Under £199,000

Timber-Clad Scottish Cabin: £125,000

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This contemporary cabin-style home was built inspired by Scandinavian architecture and interiors and includes extra insulation and solar panels to compete with the harsh northern climate.

  • Build cost: £125,000 (£1,315/m²)
  • Build time: 4 years 1 month
  • Location: Isle of Skye

An Oak Frame Family Home: £135,00

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Proving that building on a budget doesn’t have to mean low-spec, this family home was constructed from Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) and timber frame with a simple design to keep costs down.

  • Build cost: £135,000 + £30,000 on finishes (£1,038/m²)
  • Build time: 1 year
  • Location: Herefordshire

A Stylish Contemporary House: £170,000

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A clever cantilevered design makes the most of a tight plot and near-by neighbours and vaulted ceilings on the first floor mean that the space feels open and light.

  • Build cost: £170,000 (£1,416/m²)
  • Build time: 1 year
  • Location: Nottingham

Zero Carbon Mountain Home: £175,0001a4-IMG_32871-1002x668

Pioneering the idea that a low-energy home can be built using ordinary building materials, the homeowners made sure to include renewables in this house design.

  • Build cost: £175,000 (£1,129/m²)
  • Build time: 6 years 11 months
  • Location: Monmouthshire

Traditional Oak Frame Home: £198,000

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This timber-clad home was completed in the majority by the homeowners who took on all work except from the installation of the oak frame, roof and windows.

  • Build cost: £198,000
  • Build time: 5 years 6 months
  • Location: Kent

Budget: £200,000 to £299,999

Contemporary Woodland House: £237,000

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This cedar-clad modern home situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty has the wow-factor and luxury of a hotel on a sloping plot in the woods.

  • Build cost: £237,000 (£825/m²)
  • Build time: 7 months
  • Location: Devon

Contemporary Single-storey Home: £250,000

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Constructed from a steel frame and clay building blocks, this house is split into two separate areas for living and sleeping with a glass structure running through the heart of the building.

  • Build cost: £250,000 (£1,428/m²)
  • Build time: 5 months
  • Location: Surrey

Energy Efficient City Build: £260,000

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This timber frame constructed home sits in place of a derelict caretaker’s cottage. The aim was to maintain a relationship between old and new, incorporating the walled gardens into the brickwork on the front of the house.

  • Build cost: £260,000 (£1,925/m²)
  • Build time: 10 months
  • Location: Bristol

Modern Family Longhouse: £270,000

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Described by the homeowners as Viking longhouse meets New York apartment, this self build was built using SIPs to create a traditional layout with an industrially-inspired interior.

  • Build cost: £270,000 (£1,588/m²)
  • Build time: 1 year 1 month
  • Location: Buckinghamshire

Barn-Style Stone Home: £296,000

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This self-build is a great example of when great design and well thought-out specification meet to create a truly unique home. The use of traditional materials and form means that this new build looks like it has stood for centuries.

  • Build cost: £296,000 (£1,458/m²)
  • Build time: 11 months
  • Location: Monmouthshire

Budget: £300,000 to £399,999

Modern Home on an Awkward Plot: £300,000

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The clever design of many features combats potential plot problems in this self-build — working with the curve of the road, the house is split into three ‘sections’ and angled windows reduce overlooking.

  • Build cost: £300,000 (2,238/m²)
  • Build time: 2 years
  • Location: Bristol

Beautiful Passivhaus in the Woods: £308,000

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Built using a steel frame, this contemporary treehouse embraces its surroundings like no other. Imaginative budget solutions and beautiful passivhaus design mean this house is absolutely individual and like no other.

  • Build cost: £308,000 (£1,540/m²)
  • Build time: 4 years
  • Location: Dursley, Gloucestershire

Self Build Medieval Manor: £350,000

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A amazingly eccentric build that realises every fairytale fantasy of living in a castle. A large amount of work was done by the homeowners and an effort to stay true to the local vernacular inspired the use of reclaimed brick for the exterior.

  • Build cost: £350,000
  • Build time: 10 years
  • Location: Sussex

Colonial Pavilion-Style Home: £360,000

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Built in a flood zone on the edge of the Thames, this self build is inspired by the architectural influences of the homeowner and architect, Jon Wallsgrove. Exotic materials are also incorporated into the home, including Brazilian slate and interior railings from France.

  • Build cost: £360,000 (£1,028/m²)
  • Build time: 5 years 9 months
  • Location: Surrey

Budget: £400,000 to £499,999

Contemporary Seaside Home: £410,000

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The sloping site of this project provided the opportunity to have the living areas on the first floor of this house and the layout throughout the house is non-traditional as rooms are interconnected and defined by changes in level and shape.

  • Build cost: £410,000 (£1,783/m²)
  • Build time: 1 year 6 months
  • Location: Jersey

Swiss Chalet in Yorkshire: £415,000

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An incredible total of five balconies adorn this home which, inspired by Swiss design, is finished in a mix of render, stone and timber with beautiful pine cladding throughout the interior.

  • Build cost: £415,000 (£1,775/m²)
  • Build time: 1 year 1 month
  • Location: Yorkshire

A Barn-Style SIPs Home: £474,000

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Using a fabric first approach by using SIPs, Colin Amor, built an energy-efficient home clad in hard-wearing Siberian larch.

  • Build cost: £474,000 (£1,185/m²)
  • Build time: 13 months
  • Location: Stirling, Scotland

Traditional Highland Stone Home: £480,000

After demolishing a cottage and dilapidated barn that once sat on this site, architect Stuart Archer rebuilt a contemporary home using the stone with the old footprint, connected by a glazed link.

  • Build Cost: Approx. £480,000 (£1,600/m²)
  • Build Time: 1 year 1 month
  • Location: Spey Valley, Scotland

Contemporary Home with Traditional Materials: £495,000

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Despite the traditional outward finish to this house, it was constructed using cutting-edge methods including SIPs and glulam (engineered timber) beams.

  • Build cost: £495,000 (£2,475/m²)
  • Build time: 1 year 3 months
  • Location: Hampshire

Budget: £500,000 to £599,999

Charming Traditional Coach House: £500,000

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It was quality first when building this house as high standards and a great design created a traditional home that looks like it has stood for years.

  • Build Cost: £500,000
  • Build Time: 10 Years
  • Location: Gloucestershire

Steel Frame and Stone Home: £500,000

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This contemporary home sits comfortably in the countryside setting without becoming an imposing presence. Low energy living was embraced by the homeowners and the house boasts underfloor heating, high insulation and a mechanical heat ventilation system.

  • Build cost: £500,000 (£1,483/m²)
  • Build time: 8 months
  • Location: Argyll & Bute

Woodland Oak Frame Retreat: £530,000

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This oak frame design had family at the heart as Gerald and Debbie Rogers built to care for Gerald’s mother. The result is a beautiful and understated home ready for the future.

  • Build cost: £530,000 (£1,970/m²)
  • Build time: 1 year 7 months
  • Location: Cambridge

Oak Frame Replacement Dwelling: £586,000

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Not many people choose to prepare for their wedding day by building a house, but Amanda and Colin Sheppard built a stunning home on their Oxfordshire plot that wouldn’t be out of place in a fairytale.

  • Build cost: £586,000 (£1953.33/m²)
  • Build time: 1 year 2 months
  • Location: Oxfordshire

Budget: £600,000 to £699,999

Timber-Framed Farmhouse: £600,000

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Once a Second World War airbase, this plot now homes a modern farmhouse that sensitively echoes the site’s history.

  • Build cost: £600,000 (£1,530/m²)
  • Build time: 2 years 6 months
  • Location: Essex

Modern Oak Frame House: £620,000

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This traditional-style home was built using green oak but is filled with hi-tech gadgets such as automated windows, integrated lighting and entertainment systems and – less glamorously – a bio-digester sewage treatment plant.

  • Build Cost: £620,000 (£2,583/m²)
  • Build Time: 1 Year
  • Location: Surrey

Accessible Contemporary Eco Home: £630,000

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After being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, Mike Bray and his wife Linda built a bespoke accessible home with the help of their son, Oliver (director of OB Architecture).

  • Build cost: £630,000 (£2,704/m2)
  • Build time: 1 year 5 months
  • Location: Hampshire

Traditional Wealden Barn House: £650,000

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A Wealden-barn style design was chosen over a traditional barn-style home in order to achieve planning permission and optimum natural light throughout the building.

  • Build Cost: £650,000 (£944/m²)
  • Build Time: 2 Years 5 Months
  • Location: Surrey

Contemporary Cotswolds Home: £692,000

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The limestone and oak cladding decorating this build were sourced locally and the unconventional design of the house is complimented by the comforting interior finished with open fireplaces and bamboo and slate flooring.

  • Build Cost: £692,000 (£1,457/m²)
  • Build Time: 1 Year
  • Location: Border of Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire

Budget: £700,000 to £799,999

Sustainable Farmhouse with Tilted Roof: £700,000

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This off-the-grid home was built using locally sourced materials with a motivation for sustainable living. The design and the exterior finish means the house melts seamlessly into the landscape.

  • Build Cost: £700,000 (£2,058/m²)
  • Build Time: 1 year(s) 5 month(s)
  • Location: Dumfries & Galloway

Oak Frame Lakehouse: £720,000

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Sensitively built, this oak frame home is a masterclass in sustainable living as the design features both passive and active eco features.

  • Build cost: £720,000 (£1,655/m²)
  • Build time: 1 year 4 months
  • Location: Gloucestershire

Striking Glazed Self Build: £740,000

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Replacing a tired mid-1950s house, this modern love letter to wood and glass stands strong, taking full advantage of the views surrounding the plot.

  • Build Cost: £740,000
  • Build time: 1 year 1 month
  • Region: Monmouthshire

Barn-Style Package Build: £746,000

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A unique package-build experience gave way for the timber and steel clad home in the form of a contemporary-style barn.

  • Build cost: £746,000 (£1,445/m²)
  • Build time: 8 months
  • Location: Gloucestershire

Low Maintenance Modern Home: £750,000

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Suitable for retirement and completely future-proofed this cantilevered house is full of drama and wow-factor as much as it incorporates practical solutions.

  • Build cost: £750,000 (£3,660/m²)
  • Build time: 1 year 3 months
  • Location: Dorset

Budget: £800,000 to £999,000

Idyllic Eco Home for Retirement: £800,000

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The homeowners journey for their home for retirement was stress-free thanks to the detailed planning and design process by Oakwrights.

  • Build cost: £800,000 (£2,462/m²)
  • Build time: 11 months
  • Location: Isle of Wight

Curved Oak Frame Home: £848,466

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A beautiful example of organic architecture, this contemporary home seems to grow from the rolling hills.

  • Build cost: £848,466 (£2,203/m²)
  • Build time: 1 year 1 month
  • Region: Gloucestershire

Amazing Riverside Home: £850,000

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The bold design and striking exterior of this home contrasts wonderfully with the white chalky cliffs on the brownfield plot.

  • Build cost: £850,000
  • Location: Lewes, East Sussex

Bespoke Traditional Home: £928,000

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Full of character, this traditional oak-frame house was built by local craftspeople and sits firmly within the vernacular of the countryside setting.

  • Build cost: £928,000 (£1,568/m²)
  • Build time: 2 years 6 months
  • Location: Kent

Stunning Brick and Oak Build: £989,000

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Where most couples downsize as their children move out, Geoff and June Gaffney were determined to build enough space in their home to accommodate their ever-growing family.

  • Build cost: £989,000 (£2,222/m²)
  • Build time: 1 year 3 months
  • Location: Buckinghamshire

Budget: £1million and over

Contemporary Cliff-top House: £1,000,000

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A striking new build on the Cornish coast, this home is finished to a beautiful degree, making the most of the stunning views with an interior to match.

  • Build cost: £1million (£2,857/m2)
  • Build time: 11 months
  • Location: Cornwall

Sloping Site Contemporary Home: £1,000,000

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Utilising a tricky sloping plot to a design advantage, this home is spread over three levels, all of which incorporate large elements of glazing.

  • Build cost: £1million (£2,702/m2)
  • Build time: 5 years
  • Location: Devon

Baronial-Style Eco Home: £1,000,000

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This modern family home in the form of traditional Scottish mansion was the long-standing dream of the homeowners and it stands stoic against the beautiful landscape.

  • Build cost: £1million
  • Build time: 1 year 9 months
  • Location: Perthshire

Spacious Rural Home: £1,074,782

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Locally source bricks and handmade tiles complete this unique mix of traditional and contemporary home design.

  • Build cost: £1,074,782 (£2,189/m²)
  • Build time: 1 year 1 month
  • Location: West Sussex

Replacement Family Home: £1,300,000

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In place of their former family bungalow, homeowners Mel and Pauline built a unique dwelling that boasts a dining hall atrium, swimming pool, huge cathedral-style windows and a wine-drinking retreat in the basement.

  • Build Cost: £1.3million (£2,000/m²)
  • Build Time: 1 Year 3 Months
  • Location: Kent

Industrial Home on a Sloping Site: £1,710,000

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Interlocking larch-clad boxes on top of a solid concrete base give this home a unique split-level flooring layout.

  • Build cost: £1,710,000 (£3,420/m²)
  • Build time: 2 years 7 months
  • Location: North London

Modern Stately Home: £1,800,000

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The square-nature of the Georgian-style houses – this one built with Hemcrete, a modern mix of lime and the inner core of the commercial hemp plant – was  chosen for it’s energy-efficiency. The high-spec materials and fixtures used throughout the build make sure the finish is beautiful inside and out.

  • Build cost: £1.8million (£1,939/m²)
  • Build time: 1 year 7 months
  • Location: North Yorkshire

Cliff Face Boathouse: £2,400,000

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A self build like no other, this impressive home is spread over four floors and is so deeply imbedded in it’s surroundings that it looks as if it has grown organically from the complex rock-face.

  • Build cost: £2,400,000 (£6,504/m²)
  • Build time: 10 years
  • Region: Devon

Architecturally Imaginative Home: £2,500,000

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The quirky and creative design of this house is a great example of architecture at its best. Built using Cross Laminated Timber (CLT), the home pushes boundaries and is a testament to self-build done right.

  • Build cost: £2.5M (£4,118/m²)
  • Build time: 1 year 10 months
  • Location: Hampshire

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