Traditional buildings seem to have lost their time in the spotlight following the popularity of ‘Grand Designs’-style TV shows where contemporary architecture reigns supreme. It is these more humble buildings, however, which make up the majority of the UK housing stock, and their simple nature can take many charming forms.

For those who prefer roof pitches to flat roofs, casement windows to structural glazing, and local building materials as opposed to white render and shards of glass, this selection of homes is sure to inspire.

1. A Traditional Coach House

This Cotswold stone self build has been built using traditional methods to look like it's been standing for centuries

Built to look like it’s been stood for centuries, this traditional Cotswolds home has been constructed using the local stone to look like an old coach house which has been added to over the years.

  • Build cost: £500,000
  • Location: Gloucestershire

2. A Traditional Cotswolds Self Build

This Cotswold traditional self build has been built to look like a Georgian cottage

This traditional home has been constructed using timber frame and clad in Cotswold stone to look like a Georgian farmhouse.

  • Build cost: £316,000
  • Location: Wiltshire

3. An American-Style Home

This American-style home oozes traditional charm and character with its dormer windows, low eaves and veradah

This project in the south of England has been built using traditional methods in a Cape Cod style, complete with dormer windows, low eaves and a wrap-around veranda.

  • Build cost: £273,000
  • Location: East Sussex

4. An Arts and Crafts-Style Home

This traditional Arts and Crafts home has been designed with great attention to detail

Tall chimneys, a steep roof pitch, gables and dormer windows all help to achieve the Arts and Crafts aesthetic in this new traditional-style home built by Snell David Architect.

  • Build cost: £800,000
  • Location: Cambridgeshire

5. An Energy-Efficient Cottage

This traditional home was built to meet Passivhaus standards

Constructed in a Conservation Area and an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this traditional-style cottage has been built to mirror the form and materials typical of this part of the Dales. Thanks to its ultra energy-efficient insulation materials and building techniques, the home just missed Passivhaus certification.

  • Build cost: £180,000
  • Location: County Durham

6. A Period-Style New Build

This Arts and Crafts home oozes traditional charm, built to modern standards of living

Built using brick and flint, with nods to both the Georgian and Arts and Crafts movement, this self build oozes character and looks as if it’s been standing for years.

  • Build cost: unknown
  • Location: Wiltshire

7. A Traditional Timber Frame Home

This traditional home in the Lake District sits perfectly in its setting

This beautiful timber frame holiday home just 200 yards from the lake in the Lake District combines traditional building materials with contemporary aesthetics.

  • Build cost: £565,000 (incl. £35,000 for the garage and £40,000 for landscaping)
  • Location: Lake District

8. A Georgian-Style Home on a Budget

This traditional home has been built in a Georgian style by package company Design and Materials

This Georgian-style timber frame self build with symmetrical façade and sash windows came in on a tight budget thanks to taking on elements of the project on a DIY basis.

  • Build cost: £145,000
  • Location: Worcestershire

9. A Charming Thatched Cottage

This traditional cottage has been built complete with a thatch roof

This cottage in Cambridgeshire has been built to look every bit the period home, complete with a combination of a Norfolk reed thatch roof and dutch herringbone patterned brick.

  • Build cost: £250,000
  • Location: Cambridgeshire

10. A Low-Cost Self Build

This traditional self build was built by the owner on a DIY basis

By learning the basics of a few trades, and taking on the role of project manager, the owner of this home in the Cotswolds was able to build his dream home for around half the price of the average detached home in the area.

  • Build cost: £135,000
  • Location: Wiltshire

11. Low Maintenance Home in a Pretty Rural Setting

Traditional style self build in pretty rural location

Anne and Rob Skinner found a prime plot in west Sussex which was occupied by a pre-war bungalow that was ripe for demolition. In its place, they built a traditional-style home where energy efficiency and low maintenance were key criteria of the design.

  • Build cost: £418,000
  • Location: West Sussex

12. Flint-Clad Home on Idyllic Woodland Plot

Traditional flint-clad self build in Norfolk

Behind the façade of this traditional, vernacular-style self build is a highly sustainable home, built on a tight budget. Costs were kept low by homeowner Geoffrey and his family undertaking all the decoration, painting the kitchen cabinets, insulating the loft and fitting out the garage.

  • Build cost: £140,000
  • Location: Norfolk

13. Stone Farmhouse Self Build

traditional self build farmhouse

Ingrid and Warren Furlong have built a traditional farmhouse using stone from their own land and reclaimed materials. “People are usually surprised when they discover our house isn’t old,” says Ingrid of the farmhouse.

  • Build cost: £100,000
  • Location: County Wicklow, Ireland

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