This barn-style self build proves that new homes can be filled with character

blue timber cladding on exterior of barn style self build
(Image credit: Simon Maxwell)

"We never set out to build at all,” self builder and homeowner Tracy Head begins, describing her three bedroom home. “We wanted a barn conversion, but couldn’t find one locally. We saw this Colt bungalow and thought we could make it into a barn-style house.”

Initially the plan was to renovate the Colt house, but a cold winter – and the subsequent discovery of the bungalow’s scant insulation – along with a serious look at the costings, saw Tracy and husband Steve switch plans from renovation to demolition and a self build project.

Nick Robbins

Nick was Features Editor and had a particular interest in what homeowners were able to achieve on a tight budget as well as sustainable building methods. He has recently moved on to tackle a Masters degree.