One of the reasons going down the self-build route is so popular is the sheer freedom of expression it allows. And across the world, ambitious self-builders haven't disappointed, producing some unbelievable homes with their own two hands.
In this post, we'll explore some of the finest self-build projects from around the world and hopefully offer you some inspiration for your own venture.
In 2012, 29-year-old Joseph Dupuis from Canada decided to take advantage of the inherent strength and stability afforded by shipping containers to create a unique home on a shoestring budget.
Built among picturesque woodlands, the sturdy structures were outfitted with a unique heating and cooling system to fend off the harsh Canadian winter and energy is supplied through roof-mounted solar panels.
With each container costing just over $3,000 (around £2,000) – he was able to put together the whole project for less than $20,000 and it gained widespread fame when a friend posted pictures to Reddit.
According to his last project update, Joseph sought to add another container with a unique glass ceiling as a second-storey bedroom.
A much more conventional option, this timber-framed property in Shropshire won Best Self Build in the 2014 Build It awards.
This was a labour of love by Hannah Jones and Theo Hodnett, a couple who had wanted to move in together for some time but simply couldn't afford the prices of dwellings on the local market.
Fortunately, Shropshire Council boasts a long-running scheme to encourage self-build and the pair were keen to take advantage.
They were able to pool their resources, do as much of the work as possible themselves and construct a fantastic property for a mere £122,500.
The couple managed to eke out as much energy efficiency as possible, using a ground source heat pump and underfloor heating to cut money on bills. Going forward, they're looking to install solar panels to make the home as self-sufficient as possible.
Despite these ultra-modern features, the home's aesthetics are highly traditional. The exposed oak beams are purely decorative, while the flooring, skirting and doors are all done in a neutral colour pallet.
Since 1992, Canadian couple Wayne Adams and Catherine King have been putting together a self-sufficient island in the heart of British Columbia.
Dubbed 'Freedom Cove' – the structure consists of 12 floating platforms that include half an acre's worth of land for crop growing, five greenhouses, a guest lighthouse, art gallery and even a dance floor.
Water is sourced from rainfall during the rainy winters, while a waterfall across the bay supplies all they need in the summer. Electricity is generated via solar panels and photovoltaic energy generators and the greenhouses produce more than enough food for the couple all year round.
As you'd expect, there's also plentiful fishing on offer and the couple used to have a hen house, although this had to be abandoned due to growing attention from predatory sea animals.