This gravity-defying self build was built against the odds — including the builder going bust!

view of black timber and stone house with view over valley
(Image credit: FotoHaus)

First-time self builders Jane and Tim Trounce battled a sloping site on the outskirts of Bath that drops off a cliff (literally), cowboy builders and suppliers running off with their money. 

But, the resulting home, filled with modern finishes, breath-taking views and eco credentials more than makes up for the strife. Here the couple share the story behind their incredible self build project.

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.