Self-Builders’ Own Stories

Self-Builders’ Own Stories

Self-Builders’ Own Stories is an opportunity to hear from people who have already completed a self-build project. Build It magazine always features readers’ homes, and now Build It Live does too! Hear real self-builders talking about how they went about creating the home of their dreams.  Learn from their mistakes, hear their top tips and ask them questions about their experience. At the North West show, there will be a daily presentation in the Workshop Theatre at 2pm.

This year we look at a real life project successfully completed by Darren Findlow and Anthony Higham.


Darren Findlow and Anthony Higham built a contemporary oak frame home in Cheshire on a 1.3 acre woodland site, finding inspiration in Carpenter Oak’s work. They combined a post and beam frame with structural insulated panels to achieve an efficient, eco-friendly home. Anthony will talk listeners through their experience.

Key Features:

  • The plot came with planning permission for a mock Tudor design with small windows. The couple submitted new plans to change the scheme, incorporating more glass.
  • They joined forces to take on the role of project managers, sourcing materials and liaising with trades themselves.
  • The finished house came in just 3% over budget at £360,000 – something that’s largely down to the couple’s clever product sourcing.