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.


The Only Way Is Up - Real...

The owners of this three-floor industrial building added another storey to make the most of the fantastic views Now why would Sarah and Robin...Read More

Modernist Concrete – Real...

The owners of this home turned their back on victoriana and wholeheartedly embraced modernism and concrete Back in 1999, when she was expecting her...Read More

Clapham Eco House – Real...

Building a house with serious eco-credentials doesn’t have to mean scrimping on style and comfort Will Anderson and Ford Hickson's quirky and stylish...Read More

Thatched Cottage - Real Homes

The original cottage burned down uninsured, but the owners didnt loose heart – they rebuilt their dream home There are a fair few horseshoes hanging in...Read More

Farm House - Real Homes

This striking building was once an abandoned farm that everyone else had given up on It’s not a house that puts its arms round you and gives you a...Read More


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A buyer's guide to windows

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Riverside new-build

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

The help of an Interior...

Mark and Sally Wnek enlisted the help of interior designer Sue Timney to help them...

Plots Without Planning Consent

As a general rule there’s no use buying a plot of land without planning...

A show-stopping self-build

Graham Phillips spent 33 years working with architect Norman Foster, but it was...

Challenging new-build

Don't be fooled by this fortress-like exterior: the walls conceal a light and...

A Coach House renovation

Eoin Foyle loves a good party. As the owner of a live-music venue in Dublin, it’s...

Matchbox Architects shortlisted...

Matchbox Architects have been shortlisted for Best Individual New Homes in their...

Self Build Zone: Insurance

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

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