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Welcome to the NSBRC Case Studies hub.

The National Self Build and Renovation Centre are proud to have supported over 225,000 home-building projects and are the UK’s only permanent exhibition Centre to inform, educate and inspire self builders and home renovators.  

Here you can read about Visitors of the Centre who have been inspired by the resources at the NSBRC, be it our popular National Self Build and Renovation Shows, or the array of Training Courses and Workshops run throughout the year, many have gone on to successfully complete a construction project. Why not take a look and see how the NSBRC can help you with your project?

If you’ve recently completed your project and feel the NSBRC has helped you, we are pleased to offer the opportunity for you to feature as an exclusive Case Study for the NSBRC, please call us on 0345 223 4455 or email

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Mike & Alison Hardwick

Self Build Consultant Mike Hardwick has previously worked as a Technical Adviser at the Centre. Read about Mike’s own experience self building his family home here!

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Keith & Eira Emerson

Keith and Eira Emerson have undertaken a complete re-modelling of their existing home in Wiltshire which they have self-designed and largely project managed themselves.

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John & Sylvia Downe

John and Sylvia designed and self-managed the construction of a modern flat-pack house shell following the demolition of the existing 1960s property.


John & Caroline Hall

John and Caroline undertook a complete remodelling and extension of their home, aiming to achieve an energy and water neutral eco-home.  

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Ian & Tina Huckle

Ian and Tina have recently completed their Self Build project in Hampshire, achieving a low maintenance forever home with a contemporary nature.

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Gloria & John Wright

Following multiple visits to the NSBRC, Gloria & John designed & extended their property in 2011 to create a 5 bedroom house, repurposing the original bungalow.

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Edward Toomer & Mary McGrath

Edward and Mary’s new build presents a cautionary tale for self builders as they discuss the access and planning issues they faced.

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