The idea of building their very own house first crossed the minds of Clare and Joe Hughes in 2013. When the pair decided it was time to move on from their previous home, they encountered a somewhat stagnant market and started to consider a route that would offer them the…

When Joseph and Emily Bonar completed their first self-build project back in 2011, they thought it would be their last. However, flash forward 10 years, and the Bonars have just completed another project. Having well and truly caught the self-build bug, two-time self-builder Emily talks to us about her family’s…

Hannah Pike and her partner, Phil, took a huge leap of faith in 2017 when they left London’s Hackney for the Peak District’s rolling hills. Having purchased one-third of an acre in Derbyshire’s High Peak, the pair embarked on their self-build journey, creating the family home of their dreams in…

After 10 years of city life in London and renovating their previous home in Hackney, Nick and Tara Jordan wanted to relocate to the countryside and take on a bigger project. With backgrounds in architecture and interiors, the pair saw potential in two barns in rural Hampshire. One laborious year…

08 Mar 2021
This stunning annexe transformation in Devon’s picturesque Dartmoor certainly proves that you don’t need large structures to design and build something truly inspirational.

11 Jan 2021
More square footage to enjoy as a family was just one of the driving factors behind one couple’s decision to extend the ground floor of their Manchester home, with the opportunity to make the most of the views of their gorgeous gardens too good an opportunity to pass up.

Those that closely follow Channel 4’s Building the Dream may recall Charlie Luxton profiling Cambridgeshire-based husband-and-wife self-build duo Rob and Sarah Collard back in 2018. Their ambitious build, aptly named Collard Towers, was designed entirely by the pair without the help of an architect – and with an astonishing objection-free…

Self-builders Brent and Aishling Bryson have been together for almost a decade. Brent grew up on a family dairy farm just outside Banbridge, County Down, and has always wanted to build his very own home on the land.

11 Sep 2020
Tullyorior School House is located near Corbet just outside Banbridge, County Down. The school was built in 1966 and closed in 1985. Michael Wallace’s father bought the property in the early 1990s and it lay empty for many years. Here, Michael tells i-Build how he brought the school back to…

Teachers Rachel and Jarlath McArdle are certainly no strangers to the world of self-building. Having completed their very own farmhouse-style project in rural Ireland next to their working dairy farm – where Jarlath also works as a farmer – their home is very much the epitome of country living –…

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