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.


To the Light house - Real...

  Nobody wanted this pair of old cottages, that is, until this couple spotted them and turned them into a light-filled house You or I would...Read More

Green Fingers - Real Homes

This renovated cottage is not only a template for eco-building, but also for running a home on an energy-saving budget If first impressions are...Read More

Clever Plotting - Real Homes

This London house shows how to build a light and airy home on a narrow plot A dazzling homage to the spirit of Modernism, not even the British weather...Read More

Eco Diary - Part 2

Richard and Sophie tackle the all-important planning process Planning permission is the process that strikes fear into the heart of every self-builder;...Read More

Not so conservative – Real...

This garden office behind a country home is startling because of its shape and construction Although Jonathan Marland was the former treasurer of the...Read More

All Aboard – Real Homes

With spiralling property values in central London a barge provided this owner with a sleek city pad Helen Logan’s quest to find her ideal city pad...Read More

Rural Idyll - Real Homes

This straight forward renovation project morphed into an altogether more ambitious self-build Simon and Anna Ellis’s ambitious Herefordshire house was...Read More

Take Two - Real Homes

An uninspiring pair of ex-local authority cottages have been radically transformed into a stunning contemporary home Locals refer to it simply as ‘that...Read More

Face Off - Real Homes

The owners of this post-war home decided to give it a radical new look – but they had a battle on their hands Charles and Caroline Humphries have a...Read More

Scottish Restoration - Real...

This house was once a crumbling ruin overlooking the Hebrides, now it's a stunning contemporary home Views don’t get much better than this. Looking...Read More

Hidden Gem - Real Homes

This Japanese and Californian - inspired house is sandwiched between a factory and a garden in an industrial cul-de-sac On turning into the industrial...Read More

Thirties House - Real Homes

This era-defining Thirties house's space, light and historical context cast a spell over its current owners With its severe right-angles,...Read More

Barn Storming - Real Homes

The sensitive restoration of this striking Bedfordshire barn was a rollercoaster ride for its two committed owners The sign gives it away. As you...Read More

Chapel Conversion - Real Homes

This former Baptist chapel, has been converted into a modern and striking family home What Helen Dooley really wanted in her family home was a ‘very...Read More

Up On The Roof - Real Homes

The owners of this apartment added a prefabricated steel structure to create a chill-out space with to die-for views The streets of Hoxton stream with...Read More

Swiss House - Real Homes

New technology transformed this old Swiss building into a thrilling concrete eco home The mountains of Switzerland are scattered with picture-perfect...Read More

Hampshire Timber House – Real...

This stylish wooden beach house has brought a breath of fresh air to a tired seafront Max and Kate Lyons’ beach house is as close as you can get to...Read More

The Box Room - Real Homes

Simply dropping a box-like structure on to the roof of this modest London flat doubled its size When Marjorie Jones first saw her current home she was...Read More


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