If you’ve always dreamt of building a home from scratch, we’ve got a series of opportunities for you. Architects have already let loose their imaginations for three plots of land in Norway, the UK and Canada. Now you can bring them to fruition – and put your own stamp on the projects.

Rural idyll or urban bolthole? You choose.

Retreat Lyngen, Lyngen Peninsula, Norway
3 bedrooms; 12.5m NOK via SNE eiendom AS

3 unbuilt homes you could make a reality: Lyngen cabin by Snorre Stinessen
Courtesy of Stinessen Arkitektur

Architect Snorre Stinessen has designed a wooden retreat for a waterfront plot at the foothills of the Lyngen Alps, famed for their sea-to-summit skiing. The contemporary cabin features a sweeping glass facade to capture unobstructed views of the sea and mountains in the distance, and is capped by a weathered copper roof that can protect against the coldest Nordic winters.

3 unbuilt homes you could make a reality: Lyngen cabin by Snorre Stinessen
Courtesy of Stinessen Arkitektur

Planning permission has been granted and the ground has already been prepped. All that’s needed is a buyer to make this home a reality. Take a virtual tour.

Concrete House, London, UK
3 bedrooms; £1.35m (land only) via The Modern House

Unbuilt houses you can make a reality: Concrete House by Henning Stummel Architects
Courtesy Henning Stummel Architects

London sites are rare, especially ones overlooking Regent’s Canal, but that’s not the only thing that makes this urban plot on Royal College Street special… It comes with planning permission for a sculptural mixed-use development by practice Henning Stummel.

Courtesy Henning Stummel Architects

Taking cues from the surrounding streetscape, Concrete House is wrapped in a pink concrete skin. Its ground floor houses a 947 sq ft commercial unit, while the three upper levels are a three-bedroom maisonette of 1,990 sq ft.

T House at Carraig Ridge, Alberta, Canada
2 bedrooms; $2.4m CAD via Sotheby’s International Realty

3 unbuilt homes you could make a reality: T House for sale in Carraig Ridge near Banff in Alberta, Canada
Via Sotheby’s International Realty

The architecture is as dramatic as the surroundings at T House by Todd Saunders. The glass-sided, single level Canadian property is one of five ‘Edge Houses’ designed by the Bergen-based architect for Carraig Ridge – a 650-acre architectural playground currently being built at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains by developer Ian MacGregor.

Carraig Ridge in Canada
Courtesy of Carraig Ridge. Photography: Bent René Synnevåg

Planning permission was granted for the two-bedroom T House late last year, and it will sit on a two-acre individual plot. If that doesn’t sound like much land, don’t worry: 500 acres of Canadian wilderness will be preserved for owners at Carraig Ridge, preventing encroachment on this beautiful stretch of landscape.

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