Discover how this self build managed to balance country style with modern living

brick and timber clad house with patio and pergola
(Image credit: Jeremy Phillips)

When Anthony and Liz Lewis inherited a parcel of farmland from Anthony’s great uncle in 2006, they initially wanted to renovate the dilapidated farmhouse on site, which had been left for decades to go to wrack and ruin.

However, after seeking specialist architectural advice it became clear to them both that the building was too far gone to save. “All the interesting features had been lost over the years and the cost of renovating would have been horrendously large compared with starting again,” says Anthony. “In making the decision to self build, it opened up whole new avenues of ideas for us to explore.”

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.