Self builders create a tiny urban oasis in the centre of London

black cladding on small self build with pitched roof
(Image credit: Emmaluelis Stasaitis c/o Edgley Design)

Living in a London flat with no connection to the outside and struggling with the rising costs of renting work spaces, Nigel Massey, an artist, and his wife Kati endeavoured to build their own home in 2014. 

The couple wrote a contract to themselves in the future, giving them 12 months to find a plot and start their self-build journey.

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.