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12 steps to self-build success By Jonathan Amos on the

Tips from a couple who did it themselves Ruth Bloomfield Starting from scratch: Tim and Jane Meggitt learnt valuable lessons while building their home in Surrey, at a total cost of £1.6mVICKI COUCHMAN Share Save Jane Meggitt’s life ambitions had never included physical labour on building sites, wrangling prima donna builders and travelling the country inspecting bricks. Then fate intervened in the form of Tim, the man who would become her husband. “He was doing up a completely dilapidated farmhouse near York,” Jane recalls. “I didn’t really want to get involved, but I started going to the site just to have a look and gradually it became addictive.” Three decades...

Revealed: The best new homes that have been built by you

By Jonathan Amos on the

The winner of the best self-built home under £150,000, made from shipping containers, by Patrick Bradley in Northern Ireland When Catherine and Adas Nicholson bought a bungalow in Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex, they were bewitched by the view out to the English Channel. “It was so amazing, I felt we should do something to make the most of it,” she says. A decade later, their plan to “do up” their modest house has turned into the creation of a striking seafront family home, which has been named the overall winner of The Daily Telegraph Homebuilding and Renovating Awards this year. They celebrate the most tasteful, imaginative, forward-thinking and beautiful self-built designs in the UK....