After asking “why don’t more people self-build?” we started chatting about our favourite self-builds, and it felt only right to share them with you. We also asked our friend Terry Huggett to contribute because Terry has his own inspiring self-build story; “self-building is in my blood as I grew up in a house my Father self-built, so I understood from a young age the value of building your own house”.
Terry Huggett’s home – Terry Huggett Developments
Nature Inspired Eco House – Etica Studio
Slim House – alma-nac
I’ve always admired this beautiful and clever project on a London slot site. There was only 2.3m internal width to play with. Not only does it manage to achieve something that feels light and spacious, it also does it without the ostentatious finishes that often accompany London builds. [Paul]
The Shadow House – Liddicoat & Goldhill
There’s so much I love about this self-build micro house in London. The creative use of level changes, lighting and every square millimetre of space make this house feel much larger than it truly is. I also admire the perseverance of the architect couple who designed and built it. After a lengthy planning battle they got their hands dirty by doing much of the building work themselves on a tiny budget. [Alan]
The Red House – 31/34 Architects
The “Red House” caps the terrace row that it now sits within by wearing a charming and modern interpretation of the neighbouring Victorian architectural language. Subtle flashes of characteristic detail find their way into the scheme, such as the arch hovering above the window adjacent to the entrance; all of which hold it in a satisfying tension between the existing and the new. [Liam]
Alex Monroe Studio – DSDHA
I don’t think it gets more urban than the studio of jeweller Alex Monroe, situated in London’s Bermondsey Conservation Area, with The Shard as its neighbour. The three-story building sits on top of the original Edwardian shop front, encased in a hand-crafted zinc facade that subtly reflects the surrounding buildings. [Fera]
As ever, we’d love to hear from you if you have a favourite self-build you would like to share.