The Daily Telegraph Homebuilding & Renovating Awards aim to showcase the very best projects from around the country. From glass-box extensions and contemporary conversions to cottage renovations and eco self builds, the 2019 shortlist is full of unique projects made special by the homeowners and architects behind them.

Thank you to everyone who voted for their favourite shortlisted project to win the Readers’ Choice accolade. The winner will be announced on 25 November.

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The Shortlist

Appletrees

Homebuilding & Renovating Awards Shortlist 2019: Appletrees

Image: Simon Maxwell

  • Location: Surrey
  • Project: Eco self build
  • Build Cost: £470,000
  • Architect: Self designed
  • Homeowners: Anthony and Penny Hodgson

Tony, at 79, designed and built this eco house for himself and his wife Penny with no experience of self build before. The house’s eco credentials (solar panels, rainwater harvesting system, an MVHR unit, air source heat pump and triple glazing) make this house ideal as their forever home.

Ivy Farm

Homebuilding & Renovating Awards Shortlist 2019: Ivy Farm

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  • Location: South Gloucestershire
  • Project: Renovation and extension of listed farmhouse
  • Build Cost: £360,000
  • Architect: Hall + Bednarczyk Architects
  • Homeowner: Tim and Jenny

This 17th century Grade II listed farmhouse has been restored to its former glory and enhanced by a stunning glazed extension. The result is a light-filled contemporary family home bursting with character.

Lane’s Cottage

Homebuilding & Renovating Awards Shortlist 2019: Lanes Cottage

Image: Simon Maxwell

  • Location: Gloucestershire
  • Project: Renovation and extension to listed cottage
  • Build Cost: £1,125,000
  • Architect: John Ford Architecture
  • Homeowners: Norman and Zoe Carter

After a struggle to achieve planning permission, Norman and Zoe have successfully extended an 18th century derelict cottage with a large green addition that carefully sits beside the original house without detracting from it’s grandeur.

Cremyll Cottage

Homebuilding & Renovating Awards Shortlist 2019: Cremyll Cottage

Image: Angus Fraser

  • Location: Devon
  • Project: Conversion and extension of an existing garage
  • Build Cost: £125,000
  • Architect: Dan Stewart, Architects Design Group
  • Homeowners: Yvonne and Angus Fraser

Optimising the small amount of space available was key to this conversion project and a clever design and build scheme has certainly achieved that. A floating ‘sleeping pod’ rests over the open plan space, making the most of the views across the River Tamar.

Gitcombe Retreat

Homebuilding & Renovating Awards Shortlist 2019: Gitcombe Retreat

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  • Location: Totnes
  • Project: Oak frame self build
  • Build Cost: £550,000
  • Architect: Roderick James Architects
  • Homeowner: Peter O’Brien

A mix of traditional construction materials and modern design, this house has an open living kitchen and dining living space with large expanses of glazing to allow views to take centre stage.

Little Lodge

Homebuilding & Renovating Awards Shortlist 2019: Little Lodge

Image: c/o Samantha Parr

  • Location: Kinver
  • Project: Traditional self build
  • Build Cost: £175,000
  • Architect: Prime Oak and Cora Design
  • Homeowner: Samatha Parr

A tricky plot in the centre of a historic town centre didn’t stop Sam Parr from building her dream oak frame home in just 15 weeks.

Boyle Farm

Homebuilding & Renovating Awards Shortlist 2019: Boyle Farm

Image: David Butler

  • Location: Surrey
  • Project: Contemporary self-build
  • Build Cost: £750,000
  • Architect: Concept Eight Architects
  • Homeowner: Victoria Austin

Replacing an outdated bungalow, this 1970s modernist home has large expanses of retractable glazing that create the ideal inside-outside home.

Cornerstone House

Homebuilding & Renovating Awards Shortlist 2019: Cornerstone House

Image: Alan Williams

  • Location: London
  • Project: Renovation and extension of edwardian townhouse
  • Architect: Merrett Houmoller Architects

A remodelling scheme including a new mezzanine and broken-plan kitchen paired with a single storey extension which has totally transformed this family home.

The Boathouse

Homebuilding & Renovating Awards Shortlist 2019: The Boat House

Image: Jonathan Gooch

  • Location: Maidenhead
  • Project: Renovation and extension of 1970s modernist house
  • Build Cost: £800,000
  • Architect: Self Designed
  • Homeowner: Jon Doughty

What was once an upside down house with a disconnected floorplan is now a spacious and light filled home due to a reimagining of spaces and a bold glazed extension which features pocket sliding doors.

Hugo Road

Homebuilding & Renovating Awards Shortlist 2019: Hugo Road

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  • Location: London
  • Project: Extension to end of terrace
  • Build Cost: £386,000
  • Architect: Robert Rhodes Architecture + Interiors
  • Homeowners: Clare and Kieran Jay

A slender two-storey side extension and vast remodelling works has turned this house into a contemporary home. The existing rear extension has been restored and a new zinc dormer installed.

Bunch Lane House

Homebuilding & Renovating Awards Shortlist 2019: Bunch Lane

Image: Simon Maxwell

  • Location: Surrey
  • Project: Contemporary self-build
  • Build Cost: £452,000
  • Architect: Vint & Smith Architecture + Design
  • Homeowner: Tavia Vint

A contemporary self-build with great attention to detail. The entire house is completely flexible for day-to-day life, thanks to the full height sliding panels that hide away into pockets.

Malvern Gardens

Homebuilding & Renovating Awards Shortlist 2019: Malvern Gardens

Image: David Barbour

  • Location: West Midlands
  • Project: Contemporary eco self-build 
  • Build Cost: £395,000
  • Architect: MAG Architecture
  • Homeowners: Mr & Mrs N Templar

Keen to prove that energy efficient homes can seamlessly blend into a suburban environment, this modern home utilises Passivhaus principles and green renewables such as MVHR unit and an air source heat pump.

Bachie Cottage

Homebuilding & Renovating Awards Shortlist 2019: Bachie Cottage

Image: c/o Amy Jones

  • Location: Powys
  • Project: Conversion and extension of cottage and garage
  • Build Cost: £250,000
  • Architect: Studio 83
  • Homeowners: Amy Jones and Bryn Jones

Through converting an old storage barn and garage and linking them to the 19th century cottage retrofitted with a highly insulated timber frame, the homeowners have created a warm and inviting home brimming with character.

Carmichael House

Homebuilding & Renovating Awards Shortlist 2019: Carmichael House

Image: Richard Frew

  • Location: Fife
  • Project: Traditional-style self build
  • Build Cost: £850,000
  • Architect: Oakwrights in partnership with Thomson Hunter Architects
  • Homeowners: Susan and Ian Kilpatrick

Full of traditional Scottish character, this self build combines oak-frame design with modern lifestyles. Architectural charm was important to the homeowners who created impressive interiors including a grand bespoke staircase.

Castle End

Homebuilding & Renovating Awards Shortlist 2019: Castle End

Image: c/o Amanda Jemmett

  • Location: Isle of Wight
  • Project: Renovation of 1930s bungalow
  • Build Cost: £300,000
  • Architectural Designer: Neil Geddes
  • Homeowner: Amanda Jemmett

This traditional self build on the Isle of Wight was built on a tricky plot overlooking the sea. Featuring rainwater recycling and a ground source heat pump, this home also has green credentials.

Murrayfield House

Homebuilding & Renovating Awards Shortlist 2019: Murrayfield House

Image: c/o AC Architecture

  • Location: Edinburgh
  • Project: Contemporary-style self build
  • Build Cost: £850,000
  • Architect: Allan Corfield Architects
  • Homeowner: Kenneth MacLean

Built using ICF and SIPs, this contemporary house fought hard to abide by Edinburgh’s Conservation Area planning while creating a striking and modern appearance.

Riston Road

Homebuilding & Renovating Awards Shortlist 2019: Riston Road

Image: Andrew Ogilvy

  • Location: London
  • Project: Remodel and extension of terrace 
  • Build Cost: Undisclosed
  • Architect: Tom Gresford Architects

A bold addition to a traditional terrace house, this extension was constructed in pink fair faced concrete with an extensive remodelling scheme to match.

The Shrubbery

Homebuilding & Renovating Awards Shortlist 2019: The Shrubbery

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  • Location: Shropshire
  • Project: Extension to listed cottage
  • Build Cost: £65,000
  • Architect: Base Architecture

Replacing an ill-conceived conservatory, this new addition opens up the house with a large open-plan kitchen diner which celebrates the original building’s timber frame.


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Our Awards scheme has been showcasing Britain’s most amazing projects for well over two decades and is the perfect opportunity to celebrate your new home.

The 2019 Awards will be judged by the Homebuilding & Renovating panel, joined by design and build experts from across the country. We have nine categories highlighting not only the best domestic architecture, but also the spirit and ambition it takes to complete such a project.

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Best Renovation — sponsored by Yeoman Rainguard

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Best Conversion — sponsored by Etex (Exteriors) UK, providers of Eternit Slates

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Best Eco Home — sponsored by Ecology Building Society

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