Building the tin house

Matthew and Hannah Sterrett of @ourweecountryhome share their story of building what they call the tin house: how it started and the obstacles they came up against.

In this article they talk about:

  • Why they chose to self-build on family land instead of buying, as was their original plan.
  • The inspiration for the pre-finished steel roof, aka the tin roof, and how they went about sourcing plus installation tips.
  • Building stages from start to finish from site clearing to getting services on site.
  • Tips on how to tackle each stage along with budget-saving advice.
  • Full specification and suppliers list


Part 1 – Avoiding the rent trap – Skip to Part 1

Part 2 – The tin roof – Skip to Part 2

Part 3 – Site clearing, foundations, blocks going up – Skip to Part 3

Part 4 – Water and electricity – Skip to Part 4

Part 5 – Photovoltaics (PV) and internet – Skip to Part 5


Written by Astrid Madsen

Astrid Madsen is the editor of the SelfBuild magazine. She previously held the same role in an Irish trade publication, before that she worked at the National Standards Authority of Ireland. She graduated with a BA in Urban Studies from Columbia University in New York and holds an MBA from the Instituto de Estudios Bursatiles in Madrid. France of origin, she now lives in Portarlington, County Laois, where she's taken on the task of renovating a listed building! Email

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