With thousands of self-build homes completed each year in the UK, we take a look at the things you'll need to consider before embarking on your own self-build project, including planning permission, finding a plot, self-build mortgages and more.
This conversion in the Irish village of Broughshane started out with something that was already truly an object of beauty: a crumbling old stone barn. With some clever manipulation, they turned the old barn into a light-filled, contemporary living space.
Instead of building hideous new houses, let's rescue the lovely buildings allowed to rot. Some are run-of-the-mill, but many are very beautiful and historically important buildings. A prime example of this is the identical pair of perfect classical houses on the north side of Cavendish Square, off Oxford Street.
You name it, this house has it: an air-source heat pump, a rainwater harvester, central-vacuuming system, triple-glazing and motion-sensitive lighting system. It also features underfloor heating and self-closing loos. The five bedrooms are arranged over three storeys.