Real Self-builds

Whether you aspire to create a sleek modernist home, recreate a traditional barn conversion or build a Georgian-style house, this section of Real Homes will stir your imaginations.

conversion-1780-s-stables-house-turned-holiday-home

Conversion: 1780's stables house...

Conversion: 1780's stables house turned holiday home A collection of crumbling buildings near Dublin have been transformed into a spacious home with an...Read More
a-modern-home-set-in-idyllic-countryside

A Modern Home Set in Idyllic...

Having waited 14 years to gain permission to build their own home on a plot on the outskirts of Bath, at last Chris and Val Smith have a modern home...Read More
a-radical-remodel

A Radical Remodel

Cat Knightley and Mav Gibbins worked hard to lovingly convert a sixties bungalow in Poole into a stylish, modern home for their family Set on the...Read More
a-modern-house-on-the-dorset-coast

A modern house on the Dorset...

Mike and Diane Smith thought their home of 40 years was forever, until the idea of a new-build project on the Dorset coast took hold Between the...Read More
an-eco-friendly-countryside-build

An eco-friendly countryside...

Jane and Ian McClintock’s sustainable build project has created a home that suits them down to a tee, from their sustainable values to their love of...Read More
an-oxfordshire-barn-conversion

An Oxfordshire barn conversion

When David McLaren started hunting for a new home in rural Oxfordshire, he had a very specific set of requirements in mind. He wanted a house that was...Read More
a-glaswegian-kitchen-refit

A Glaswegian kitchen refit

When Glasgow-based lawyer Marion Venman decided to improve her architect-designed Sixties villa, the brief she gave Cameron Webster Architects was...Read More
a-brooklyn-town-house-renovation

A Brooklyn town house...

You would never guess this house in Brooklyn, New York, is a renovation, let alone 200 years old. Its floor-to-ceiling windows and mix of industrial and...Read More
an-architecturally-inspiring-build

An architecturally inspiring...

Lewisham isn’t often associated with architecturally inspiring properties – especially not one-of-a-kind triangular houses. Just a few minutes...Read More
a-riverside-renovation

A riverside renovation

When Anna and Clive Wolman started looking for a new house, they weren’t hunting for a project, as such; they would have been happy with something they...Read More
a-coach-house-rennovation

A Coach House renovation

Eoin Foyle loves a good party. As the owner of a live-music venue in Dublin, it’s his job. So when he and his wife, Oda, spotted some derelict buildings...Read More
riverside-new-build

Riverside new-build

Steve Clarke and Amanda Boot's ingenious home by the Thames in Surrey rests on a concrete box, giving it much-needed protection from the risk of...Read More
a-show-stopping-self-build

A show-stopping self-build

Graham Phillips spent 33 years working with architect Norman Foster, but it was designing his own show-stopping house that taught him his biggest...Read More
a-modern-french-home

A modern French home

Vicky Thornton's decidedly modern home was designed to blend perfectly with its rural surroundings, while maximising the views Petit Bayle, France, is...Read More
the-help-of-an-interior-designer

The help of an Interior...

Mark and Sally Wnek enlisted the help of interior designer Sue Timney to help them turn a warren of small rooms into big, flexible living...Read More
coastal-living

Coastal Living

Filled with natural materials and nautical touches, Max and Kate Lyons' wooden beach-house retreat has brought a breath of fresh air to a UK...Read More
challenging-new-build

Challenging new-build

Don't be fooled by this fortress-like exterior: the walls conceal a light and spacious family home, designed by architect Alan Jones, which exudes...Read More
remodelling-of-a-cottage-style-dormer-bungalow

Remodelling of a cottage-style...

When Cat Knightley and her family relocated from London to the coast, they discovered a dated Sixties house that needed a serious makeover. With a...Read More

 

Useful Tools

firsttime tradefinder mortgagecalc

Latest Press Releases

Latest Products, Services and Tradesmen from our Trade Finder

Expert videos

expert video2 2

Build Archive

vanessa-and-adrian-valenzuela

Vanessa and Adrian Valenzuela

Vanessa and Adrian Valenzuela have reworked and reconfigured their terraced house...
a-buyer-s-guide-to-windows

A buyer's guide to windows

If you are considering replacing your current windows or designing a new home,...
balconette-launches-unique-frameless-juliet-balconies

Balconette launches unique...

New – Frameless Juliet Balconies from Balconette Now there is nothing to obscure...
a-pre-manufactured-cotswold-build-from-hanse-haus

A Pre-manufactured Cotswold Build...

Located in the village of Little Oddington, Oxfordshire, this contemporary house...
free-guide-explains-benefits-of-cast-stone-for-self-builders

Free guide explains benefits of...

Procter Cast Stone has published ‘The Self-Builder's Guide to Cast Stone’ to give...
meisterstueck-haus

Meisterstueck-HAUS

Meisterstueck-HAUS, a 110-year-old German pre-manufacturing company which has been...
all-you-need-to-know-about-skylights

Skylights - All you need to...

As the first skylight manufacturer to have its skylights BSI accredited, Sunsquare,...
plots-without-planning-consent

Plots Without Planning Consent

As a general rule there’s no use buying a plot of land without planning...
a-brooklyn-town-house-renovation

A Brooklyn town house...

You would never guess this house in Brooklyn, New York, is a renovation, let alone...
eco-home

Eco Home

With a Fenland site perfectly suited to wind-turbine-generated electricity, Graeme...

Sign up to our newsletter

newsletter signup

If you would like to receive regular updates from
The Selfbuilder, please enter your email above.