A derelict garage in London becomes the site of a striking new home filled with colour

modern kitchen with dining area and view to outside
(Image credit: Jeremy Phillips)

Taking on a self build project can sometimes seem like a leap of faith. For Melanie Schubert and Paolo Vimercati, this leap was more like a dive into the unknown when they purchased a London plot. “We were effectively buying a garage without planning permission,” says Melanie.

“It was a huge gamble — our parents thought we were crazy! We found the plot online and it was the first opportunity we came across, and the cheapest. We knew the area and wanted to self build something here but sites were so rare in this part of London.

Amy Reeves

Assistant Editor Amy began working for Homebuilding & Renovating in 2018. She has an interest in sustainable building methods and always has her eye on the latest design ideas. Amy has interviewed countless self builders, renovators and extenders about their experiences for Homebuilding & Renovating magazine. She is currently renovating a mid-century home, together with her partner, on a DIY basis, and has recently fitted her own kitchen.