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.


Vanessa and Adrian Valenzuela

Vanessa and Adrian Valenzuela have reworked and reconfigured their terraced house in London to create a light-filled open-plan interior – all hidden...Read More

Modern Build

Having waited 14 years for the go-ahead to build their own home near Bath, Chris and Val Smith now have a modern home nestling in idyllic...Read More

Eco Home

With a Fenland site perfectly suited to wind-turbine-generated electricity, Graeme and Heath Lockhart set about building a contemporary sustainable home...Read More

Self Build Project

When a London couple built their new family home, they turned their back on Victoriana and wholeheartedly embraced modernism and concrete. Grand...Read More

Modernist – Real Homes

The owners of this house transformed their traditional home by adding a striking modernist extension If the thought of adding a modern, glass extension...Read More

The Long View – Real Homes

This house might be a new-build, but it certainly isn’t short of history Although Susie and Uli’s house was completed less than a year ago, the story...Read More

Oliver Heath's House – Real...

This home is proof that using sustainable and recycled products can create a cool, contemporary interior You don’t expect Changing Rooms’ dashing...Read More

London Wood-Clad House - Real...

This house has incredible architecture and eco credentials, achieved with faith, graft and unconventional wisdom Australian-born joiner, Bill...Read More

Modern Classic

Built to perch on brick walls and made of steel and timber, this house is a chic example of modernist architecture from the sixties. It is surprising...Read More

Station Master's House

This 19th-century stationmaster’s house took years to restore but the results are well worth it. Tony Brook and his family do things differently....Read More

Ahead of its Time – Real...

Thanks to some sympathetic remodelling this light-filled Sixties home looks as fresh today as when it was first built Georgian properties she passed on...Read More

Going Under Ground - Real...

This environmentally friendly West London home is a cool, light space that scuppers any eco preconceptions Zac Michaelis must be the envy of all his...Read More

Victorian Renovation

Amir Sanei and Abigail Hopkins rectified years of neglect to transform this ex-local authority building into a sleek family home. From the street,...Read More

Build two houses to finance your...

For one week in 2005, architect Jake Edgley wished he never had the bright idea of developing two houses in London’s Islington. He’d budgeted on a build...Read More

Eco Diary - Part 3

Having gained planning permission, Richard and Sophie Hawkes’ innovative eco home is beginning to take shape As someone who takes pride in their...Read More

Semi- Attached – Real Homes

When it was built this elegant swan ruffled a few feathers, but today its good looks are more popular than ever If you were reading an architectural...Read More

The Glass House - Real Homes

A modernist home built on time and to budget Peter and Christine Benjamin have been retired for 30 years now but are only just beginning to take it...Read More

Period Drama - Real Homes

Polly Bagnall and Philip Dobree found an ideal south-east London refuge in these dilapidated cottages in Dulwich The wide streets of Dulwich,...Read More


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Challenging new-build

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Plots Without Planning Consent

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Riverside new-build

Steve Clarke and Amanda Boot's ingenious home by the Thames in Surrey rests on a...

Remodelling of a cottage-style...

When Cat Knightley and her family relocated from London to the coast, they...

Self Build Zone: Insurance

Is your home covered? The right type of insurance is critical for your peace of...