And the winner is…
For over two decades, the Daily Telegraph and Homebuilding & Renovating have teamed up to search for the finest examples of individual homes the UK has to offer. (This year, we’ve even crossed oceans to find the Best International Home, too.) The Awards celebrate a wide range of projects, from contemporary self builds, cleverly executed barn conversions, sensitive restorations, amazing extensions, and everything in between. But the Awards are not simply a celebration of stunning homes and great architecture, but about the homeowners behind these projects.
The Overall Winners this year are Catherine and Adas Nicholson, who with the aid of ABIR Architects and Roots Construction, have replaced a dated beachside bungalow with a spectacular ‘forever’ home. The project represents the true ethos of the Awards scheme — a home which is designed specifically around the Nicholsons’ lifestyle and which now enhances family life on a daily basis.
It also simultaneously improves its surroundings, as judge and NaSBA (National Custom & Self Build Association) Chair Michael Holmes explains: “I love the way this home emanates out of its beach setting, achieved through the use of gabion baskets filled with local pebble stones. The lightweight glass box that perches atop this heavy stone anchor is beautifully delicately detailed — maximising spectacular and ever-changing seafront views.”
The finished house has a timeless quality and even during the whirlwind which was the judges’ visit, there was a change in pace as we soaked in those views from the relaxed interiors — everyone agreed that they could have happily spent the afternoon watching the waves crash in the background (who needs a TV in this house!).
You can read all about the winner in the November 2016 Awards Special issue of Homebuilding & Renovating. Or see more of this spectacular coastal self build here
Readers’ Choice Award
Each year we give our readers the chance to choose their favourite home. The winner of the Readers’ Choice Award 2016 was Lawrence Grigg and Lydia Robinson’s wonderfully transformed cottages in Somerset. They took on an ailing 18th-century property that had been formed into one from two cottages in the 1950s. After dividing the property back into two, they breathed new life into the homes by adding modern extensions to the rear, and remodelling the living spaces.
We have also chosen winners for each category of our Awards (see below), and all of the shortlisted homes will feature, in full, in Homebuilding & Renovating magazine over the coming months.
Best Contemporary Home
A Contemporary Cornish Self Build
Best Residential Design
A Contemporary Family Home Designed for Outdoor Living
Best Eco Home
An Eco Home Built Using Natural Materials
Best International Home (Contemporary)
A Contemporary Waterfront Self Build in Canada
Best International Home (Traditional)
A Stone and Timber-Clad American Mountain Home
Conversion of Listed Stone Barns into Family Home
A Cantilevered Timber Extension
A Dated Property Transformed into Two Charming Cottages
Best Self Build Under £150,000
A Unique Shipping Container Home
Best Budget Project
A Traditional Cottage Transformed into a Scandinavian-Inspired Home
Most Inspiring Home
A City Self Build on a Difficult Plot
UK’s Most Innovative Home
A Contemporary Courtyard House in London
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Continue reading to see last year’s winners
2015 Overall Winner (and best Contemporary home)
Built around a 100-year-old pear tree, this contemporary courtyard-style masterpiece (featured in the video below) from architect, and homeowner, Jake Edgley in London marries raw, industrial materials with mid-century modern design — the result is a thing of beauty. View the project here
2015 Readers’ Choice Award Winner
We asked you to vote for your favourite home to be crowned winner of our Readers’ Choice Award. You chose a cottage in Bath – owned by Andrew and Lucy Thompson – that had been doubled in size thanks to a contemporary extension. View the project here
2015 Category Winners:
Follow the links to see the winners of each category:
- Best Renovation Best Conversion
- Best Eco Home
- Best Extension/Remodel
- Best Timber Frame Home
- Best Traditional Home
- Residential Design Excellence Award
From inner-city self builds, to contemporary eco dwellings in the country; and chapel conversions, to dramatic remodels of midcentury homes — be prepared to be inspired.