NSBRC Case Studies

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.

Ben & Kay Adam-Smith

Ben and Kay Adam-Smith are Video and podcast production company owners from Hertfordshire who completed their certified passiv-haus Self Build in 2018.

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Jan & Mitch Westwood

Jan and Mitch from Staffordshire, both retired, completed their self build in 2019 and were determined to incorporate as many eco features as possible.

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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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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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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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Mike & Audrey Webb

Mike is a Renewables & Certified Passivhaus Consultant. He's completed a new build project which is the first certified multi block Passivhaus Plus building in the UK.

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Richard & Silvia Campbell

Richard and Silvia Campbell completed their second self build project in Newbury back in 2018, using the NSBRC’s resources to build their dream home.

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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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Trevor & Rachel Bridgewood

Trevor and Rachel completed their self build project back in 2013, a timber-frame with an array of eco features. It is A rated and one of the first in Lincolnshire.

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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.

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Dennis & Rita Dixon

Dennis and Rita Dixon completed a modern ‘Arts and Crafts’ style home in 2019, opting to self build their dream home in a convenient location halfway between family.

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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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Sarah Gibbs

Sarah project-managed her renovation of a studio flat in 2020 using sustainable materials and heating options to create a modern, easy and economical living space.

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John & Amanda Tarrant

John and Amanda self-managed an extension to their existing house in Surrey and used the NSBRC to find solutions to the construction challenges they faced.

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Lea & Peter Fellows

Lea and Peter undertook their second self build to create a contemporary-styled home in Hampshire. Find out how the Centre helped shape their build journey here.

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Simon & Angela Perry

Simon and Angela completed their first self build using insulated raft & ICF, speaking to the Centre’s experts to gain insight into the various building systems.

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Richard & Diane Boutcher

Richard and Diane self built their home in Norfolk, achieving an A-rated house with a traditional front façade and a more modern rear elevation.

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Mandy & Carlton Ridd

After completing various renovations and extensions, Mandy & Carlton self-managed their new build in North Devon using ICF to create a bespoke, modern and energy efficient home.

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Claire & Peter Dickinson

Claire and Peter self built their modern four-bedroom home in Shropshire which has been designed to meet their future needs and is certified to Passivhaus standard by WARM.

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Tom Evans & Louise Howson

Tom and Louise self built their near passivhaus modern lodge-style project in Brinkworth by using ICF and renewable technologies from suppliers sourced during their visits at the NSBRC.

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