Dezeen's Eleanor Gibson takes a look at 10 of the best self-designed homes by architects and designers.

In London's Notting Hill, John Pawson paired minimalist Scandinavian furnishings with white surfaces and pale wooden floors to reflect his own aesthetic tastes. In Bergen, Norway, local architect Todd Saunders lifted his blackened timber residence above the ground on two podiums.

"When you have a client you usually have a bit of resistance, or a soundboard to throw your ideas against," Saunders told Dezeen. "But when you're designing your own house the only discussions are in your head so it gets really schizophrenic sometimes."

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