Self Builders’ Own Stories

Hear real self builders talking about their experiences

Self Builders’ Own Stories is an opportunity to hear from people who have already completed a self build or renovation project. Hear real self builders and renovators 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 experiences.

This is a sample programme. Subjects and timings may change.


Saturday at 12.30

More than 40 years after Martin Gurnett’s father built an atcost barn on the family farm in Essex, Martin and his wife Fiona Jenkins converted the structure into a contemporary home. Utilising brick and block, as well as an impressive zinc roof, the home is modern and striking while respecting and referencing the building's origins at every turn. Hear from Martin as he shares the couple's story.


Sunday at 12.30

While living in a tiny cabin on the family farm, Freddie and Katie Pack saved up to build their dream eco home on a plot a few fields away. Opting for a timber and steel frame, the couple created a stunning, open-plan and fuss-free property that has plenty of wow-factor, both inside and out! Plus, thanks to a fabric first approach, their new home is cost-effective to run. Hear from Freddie as he discusses the ins and outs of the project.