6 Clever Self Builders That Built Flood-Resilient Homes

a self build home built on stilts above a flood plain
(Image credit: Max Narula/John Pardey Architects)

Living waterside might offer scenic views of rivers, lakes or even the sea, but there's also a potential downside to these water-adjacent plots — flooding. However, it's not only these plots that are at risk. As heavier rainfall and extreme weather events become more regular in occurrence, it's not uncommon to see many towns and villages suffering the consequences of flooding, caused by water surface run-off rather than a nearby body of water. 

When it comes to finding a plot for your self build, the potential long term risks of flooding are something that will need to be identified before you begin, and your planning application is likely only to be successful if you demonstrate that your build is flood-resilient. 

Hugh Metcalf

Hugh is editor of sister title Livingetc.com and former digital editor of homebuilding.co.uk. He has worked on a range of home, design and property magazines, including Grand Designs, Essential Kitchens, Bathrooms, Bedrooms and Good Homes. Hugh has developed a passion for modern architecture and green homes, and moonlights as an interior designer, having designed and managed projects ranging from single rooms to whole house renovations and large extensions. He's currently renovating his own Victorian terrace in Essex, DIYing as much of the work as possible. He's recently finished his kitchen renovation, which involved knocking through walls, and landscaping a courtyard garden, and is currently working on a bathroom renovation.