Have you recently completed a one-off home, extension, or renovation project that you want to shout about? If so, we’d love to hear from you as we launch this year’s The Daily Telegraph Homebuilding & Renovating Awards.

For over two decades, The Daily Telegraph Homebuilding & Renovating Awards has sought out Britain’s very best self build, extension and renovation projects. The premier search for the best new homes in the UK, this is the perfect opportunity for well-deserved recognition for your innovation and design prowess, as well as showing others starting out on building projects what they can achieve — gaining recognition for your designers, builders and suppliers along the way.

The ten categories in this year’s scheme highlight the broad range of projects we’re keen to see — from simple, well-designed extensions to barn conversions, eco homes and self builds of any style or size.

Entering your project takes 10 minutes and best of all, it’s free – simply fill out the form below. We can’t wait to see the photos and hear all about your project!

Don’t forget to include at least one exterior photo
and a handful of interior photos with your entry.

Deadline for entries is midnight 28 May 2018 – good luck!

Helpful Information

  • We need to see at least one photograph of the exterior of your home, and a handful of the main interior spaces
  • Shortlisted projects will be visited in person. You must be willing and able for you and your home to be photographed and appear in the magazine and online. (The best projects will also gain coverage in The Daily Telegraph)
  • Your home needs to be finished (or very near completion) in order to qualify for the competition
  • If your project is shortlisted we will contact you and may request further information. The initial round of judging is based entirely on the details on this form, and more importantly, the images of the outside and inside of your house that you provide with your entry.
  • These do not need to be of professional quality but in order to portray your home in the best way these should be comprehensive and, if possible, taken on a bright day with a well-lit interior

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Last Year’s Overall Winner

An Energy-Efficient House on a Small Budget

Clare Williamson and Oscar Baldry
Design: CandO Design

This project – the conversion and extension of a derelict newsagents in Shropshire – is outstanding in several ways. First, there’s the bravery needed to take on an old retail outlet that others had failed to secure planning permission on — helped by a proposal to retain much of the fabric of the building and the striking mix of white painted brickwork with black painted timber cladding above, a pleasing echo of the ‘black and white’ Tudor buildings found nearby.

There is many a building ripe for conversion in our urban areas, and this project is a shining example of how to do it well. Then there’s the cost: the couple managed to work within a tiny build budget of £35,000 while applying Passivhaus design principles to create a truly energy-efficient home. As you might expect with such a small budget, this was a hands-on build; Clare and Oscar estimate that they took on around 90 per cent of the building work themselves. Finally, there is the size.

Says architect and judge Darren Bray: “This is a glowing example of how we should all be looking to maximise what space is available. It’s not about having the largest site or budget, it’s about how creative you are in adding value to something that no one else would take on.”


Categories and Sponsors

Best Contemporary Self Build

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

Sponsored by ecoHaus

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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

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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

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Best Renovation

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

Sponsored by Icynene

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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

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Best Green Home

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

Sponsored by Plotfinder

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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

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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

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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

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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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