It’s often the case that the most challenging, seemingly ‘impossible’ plots are those which reap the most interesting self built homes — with a little help from a talented designer of course. This London self build, designed by Nic Antony Architects, is one such case in point; the new 166m2 four-bed family home ingeniously makes the most of every inch of its 485m2 triangular-shaped corner plot, while also leaving space for an urban garden.

Self build on a small plot
Self build on a small plot
Kitchen of a self build on a small plot

The most striking feature of the front elevation is the sweeping curved wall which rises from 2.4m and finishes some 5.9m high — appearing to ‘rise from the ground’ according to practice. Blockwork (finished with external insulation and render) was used to construct this feature. “The single leaf lightweight blockwork that was used for this house has much to commend it,” says architect Nic Antony. “It’s simple to construct, it’s ideal for curving walls and quick to put up. The external insulation and render sometimes needs to be installed by a qualified sub-contractor, but the end result is very sharp and is one of the cheapest wall construction methods available.” Finished in anti-crack acrylic-based white render (neatly tying this new build in with its rendered neighbour), this energy-efficient home will also provide its owners with little maintenance.

Photography: Andy Spain c/o Nic Antony Architects

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