Welcome to Castle Media - The UK's Most Focused Self Build Media Company

Castle Media is a growing, dynamic company that provides consumers with the advice, information and tools they need to build or renovate their dream home. This information is delivered via a monthly magazine, Build It, our website self-build.co.uk and our three annual Build It Live exhibitions. Castle Media also organises the industry-leading Build It Awards.

Build It incorporating SelfBuild & Design is the longest running, and best-selling self build magazine in the UK*, and its mission is to deliver the detailed information consumers need to successfully build a high-performing house, on time and on budget. As a logical step in this mission, in 2019 we built our own house using innovative new techniques and materials. The project was the first of its kind in the UK and Build It’s Self-Build Education House is now open to the public. By visiting, consumers can gain insight that will inform their buying decisions when building their own home.

*Source: Audit Bureau of Circulations, February 2023

Build It magazine

Build It incorporating SelfBuild & Design is the essential monthly resource for anyone planning to create a bespoke home. In 2022, Build It merged with another self build title, SelfBuild & Design, and now brings together the best of these two, long-established magazines. Build It readers range from empty-nesters to growing families. They are hands-on, practical people, with a large proportion currently planning or undertaking a self build or extension project.

Build It Live

Build It Live is the UK’s most practical self build and home renovating exhibition, giving more impartial, professional advice than any other shows! Build It Live takes place annually in three locations, Maidstone in Kent, Bicester in Oxfordshire and Exeter in Devon, targeting three affluent corners of the country, where self building is rife.


For many years, PlotBrowser has been an essential resource for those seeking land on which to build their own home. Every week, we list thousands of viable self build plots and conversion opportunities across the country. Consumers can join for free and gain the latest plots straight to their inbox.

Build It Awards

For 11 years the Build It Awards, in association with BuildStore, have been the most coveted accolade in the self build industry. From innovative products, to essential services, pioneering suppliers and awe-inspiring projects, the annual awards celebrate excellence across the sector.


Build It’s website, www.self-build.co.uk, currently attracts over 200,000 monthly visitors. With articles covering key topics, a range of exclusive tools such as the Build Cost Calculator, and a dedicated Products & Services Directory, it is an invaluable free resource for all self builders and renovators.


Build It's Self Build Education House

The Build It House is a pioneering, real-life project that was designed to give visitors a unique insight into the process of self building a home. Consumers can drop by and explore the house, gaining advice about how it was put together, the products and materials we used, and how they can achieve something similar for themselves.