Homebuilding & Renovating Awards 2018

Our judges were blown away by the standard of entries in this year’s Homebuilding & Renovating Awards. Somehow they have managed to whittle the entries down to a shortlist of 24 incredible projects.

The judges are on tour visiting these remarkable projects in person to deliberate which project they feel should be the overall winner, but it is up to you to decide which project deserves the Reader’s Choice Award.

Thank you to everyone who voted for their favourite project. Voting for the Reader’s Choice Award has now closed.

Stay tuned for when we announce the overall winner and the category winners as well as your Reader’s Choice!

In the meantime, take a look at the shortlist below and see what makes all of these projects special.

1. Lakeland Farmhouse

  • Location: Lake District
  • Project: Remodel and extension
  • Designer: Architecture 519
  • What makes the project special? This extensive extension and renovation of a farmhouse celebrates the marriage of traditional and contemporary elements. Firmly rooted in the vernacular of the Lake District, the two-storey oak frame extension is set back from the original build but maximises views over the surrounding countryside.

2. Frog Castle

  • Location: Cheshire
  • Project: Remodel and glass box extension
  • Designer: Scott Donald Architecture
  • What makes the project special? This highly contemporary ‘glass box’ extension sits comfortably within the context of the traditional house.

3. The Dovecote

  • Location: Cheshire
  • Project: Conversion of a group of agricultural brick buildings in a large family home
  • Designer: Hayes & Partners
  • What makes the project special? This project features contemporary elements while retaining the rural-agricultural character of the original buildings.

4. Field House: Wiltshire

  • Location: Wiltshire
  • Project: Conversion of an agricultural building into a family home
  • Homeowner: Joanna and Simon Kitching
  • Designer: Elkins Architects
  • What makes the project special? This derelict model farm has been transformed into a modern family home, complete with ground source heat pump and striking curved green roof.

5. A Compact Passivhaus

  • Location: London
  • Project: Passivhaus self build
  • Designer: RDA Architects
  • What makes the project special? Clever design has not only allowed the Passivhaus home to be completed on a relatively tight budget, but also allowed for the creation of a garage, courtyard garden and small swimming pool on the site of an old garage and garden in London.

6. The Deerings

  • Location: Hertfordshire
  • Project: Passivhaus self build
  • Homeowners: Daniel Luhde-Thompson and Sarah MacLaren
  • Designer: Gresford Architects
  • What makes the project special? A brave addition to a traditional suburban street scene, built with a fabric first-approach and characterful touches including a colourful kitchen, handmade by a family member.

7. Hampshire Self Build

  • Location: Hampshire
  • Project: New traditional-style self build
  • Designer: Frank Dowling
  • Homeowner: Shelagh Krasno
  • What makes the project special? Against the odds, this first-time self builder achieved planning to build a traditional-style oak frame home in the garden of her previous house.

8. Sycamore Hall

  • Location: Sheffield
  • Project: Transformation of a dark and dated bungalow 
  • Designer: Paul Testa Architecture
  • Homeowners: John and Jean Bloxam
  • What makes the project special? Total energy bills have been cut to just £780 per year following this renovation. The project also saw the creation of three incredible picture windows which capture valley views.

9. Aisling House

  • Location: Essex
  • Project: Traditional-style self build
  • Designer: Matthew Girling
  • Homeowners: Adrian and Sandra Girling
  • What makes the project special? The combination of red brick, render and timber cladding work together to create a traditional-style home that not only reflects the local surroundings, but is also suited to modern family life.

10. Firkin Steading

  • Location: Argyll & Bute
  • Project: Conversion of a steading building overlooking Loch Lomond
  • Designer: Paterson Gordon Architecture
  • What makes the project special? When purchased, this site had no vehicular access, electricity, fuel, water supply or telecommunication infrastructure. The steading has been sympathetically converted and is now suitable for 21st-century living.

11. Coastguard Tower 

  • Location: Angus, Scotland
  • Project: Conversion of an abandoned coastguard watchtower
  • Designer: Garry Adam (GAAP Architects)
  • Homeowner: Mr and Mrs Pullar
  • What makes the project special? The derelict tower was completely renovated and a contemporary single-storey extension added to contrast to the original building and give the long-abandoned tower a new lease of life.

12. Victorian Remix

  • Location: London
  • Project: Extension and remodel of a Victorian terrace in a conservation area
  • Designer: Guarnieri Architects
  • What makes the project special? This project shows the imaginative results of mixing old and new, and combining sensitive restoration work with innovative design ideas.

13. Casa Hualle

  • Location: Pucon, Chile (International)
  • Project: New build contemporary home
  • Designer: Ampuero Yutronic
  • What makes the project special? Great care was taken when determining how to create a home that worked with its surroundings and made the most of the incredible mountain views

14. Fijal House

  • Location: Cambridgeshire
  • Project: New timber frame family home
  • Designer: Mole Architects
  • What makes the project special? Sitting between two detached Edwardian houses, this contemporary home offers flexible internal spaces and showcases unusual decorative brickwork on the front elevation.

15. Hackney Backhouse

  • Location: London
  • Project: Contemporary self build
  • Designer: Guttfield Architecture
  • What makes the project special? This striking, Corten louvred home replaced a run-down workshop and provides a model for new family homes on tight urban plots.

16. Field House: Devon

  • Location: South Devon
  • Project: Contemporary self build
  • Designer: Field Studio Architects
  • Homeowner: James Risebero
  • What makes the project special? Constructed almost entirely from CLT (cross-laminated timber) which is also exposed internally, this new family home features high levels of insulation and airtightness, and green technologies like solar PV, an air source heat pump and MVHR system.

17. Gloucestershire Church Conversion

  • Location: Gloucestershire
  • Project: Conversion of a church into a family home
  • Designer/Homeowner: Azim Jasat
  • What makes the project special? Working to a tight budget, the homeowner took on the role of principal designer and project manager, managing all procurement to help keep a handle on costs. The result is a unique, eclectic family home.

18. Elfort Road House

  • Location: London
  • Project: Renovation of a Victorian terrace
  • Designer: Amos Goldreich Architecture
  • What makes the project special? A side and roof extension, combined with an extensive internal refurbishment has transformed this dated property into a light-filled, spacious family home.

19. Meadowmead

  • Location: Herefordshire
  • Project: Oak frame self build
  • Homeowner: Merry and Ben Albright
  • What makes the project special? Following a lengthy planning battle, the homeowners behind this oak frame home felt a responsibility to design and build an exemplary home. The family home is quietly modern and sympathetic to its surroundings.

20. Cliff House

  • Location: Cornwall
  • Project: Extension to an existing cottage
  • Designer: Stan Bolt: Architect
  • What makes the project special? This new extension promotes the connection between the house and its dramatic coastal location, with terraces and courtyards becoming additional living spaces.

21. Andover Remodel

  • Location: Hampshire
  • Project: Remodel and extension of an existing house
  • Designer: The Classic Architecture Company
  • Homeowner: Joy Cousins
  • What makes the project special? This project was designed specifically with old age in mind, with special attention paid to the carer suite and installation of a lift. Homeowner Joy, who is in her 80s, took a keen role in the project.

22. East Sussex Renovation

  • Location: East Sussex
  • Project: Renovation and extension of an existing house
  • Designer: fiftypointeight Architecture + Pascoe Interiors
  • Homeowner: Bronwen Wright
  • What makes the project special? This loft conversion and remodel project has turned an ordinary home into an extraordinary one, taking advantage of its enviable views towards Lewes Castle.

23. Oxfordshire Remodel

  • Location: Witney
  • Project: Complete remodel and extension of dated home
  • Designer: Woodfield Brady Architects
  • What makes the project special? A two-storey extension, remodelling project and complete facelift that has transformed a tired, old property into contemporary home fit for family living.

24. Fairview

  • Location: Devon
  • Project: Extension and renovation of a dated home
  • Designer: Roderick James Architects LLP
  • What makes the project special? An extensive renovation project and oak frame extension have completely transformed the fortunes of this once unattractive 1920s property.

Photography credits: Jeremy Phillips; Simon Maxwell; Nigel Rigden; Rory Gardiner. Main image: shortlisted projects were chosen at random to create this collage.

Categories and Sponsors
Best Contemporary Self Build

The judges are looking for the very best contemporary self build in the UK.

Sponsored by ecoHaus


Best Traditional-Style Self Build

Is your home built in a period style, perhaps using natural materials and demonstrating fine craftsmanship?

Sponsored by Clearview Stoves


Best Extension

We’re looking for outstanding extension projects that works brilliantly with your home, while allowing you to enjoy much-needed additional space.

Sponsored by IDSystems


Best Renovation

Entries are invited for previously unloved homes saved through restoration, or homes imaginatively remodelled and/or renovated.

Sponsored by Icynene


Best Conversion

A category for the very best homes created from barns, schools, churches and other buildings not originally built as homes.

Sponsored by Frame Technologies


Best Green Home

We are seeking self builds that combine architectural merit with the very highest sustainable standards.

Sponsored by Plotfinder


Best Custom Build

This category is open to custom build schemes that have been built or are in the process of being built.

Sponsored by Hanse Haus


Best International House

Judges are looking for the very best self build or renovation project across the globe (including the UK).

Sponsored by Folding Doors 2 U


Spirit of Self Build

Does your project embody the pioneering spirit of self build? Perhaps it’s a home delivered against all the odds, or one that represents exceptional value for money, or a new home that has significantly improved the lives of its occupants.

Sponsored by Kloeber


Best Self Build Starter Home

We’re looking for first-time homeowners or those under the age of 40 who have stepped onto the property ladder with their self build or renovation project.

Sponsored by Fleming Homes


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