For nearly three decades, The Daily Telegraph and Homebuilding & Renovating have teamed up to find the best individual homes the UK has to offer, from the finest self builds to sensitive renovations, brilliant extensions and imaginative conversions – and importantly, to celebrate the achievements of their homeowners.
This year is no exception. And it’s clear that the appetite for well-designed, well-built homes that reflect their owners’ personality and lifestyle is as strong as ever.
Before we invite you to take inspiration from this year’s winners, highly-commended projects, and shortlist, our judges – architect Darren Bray (Studio B.A.D), Michael Holmes, Chair of the National Custom and Self Build Association, Jason Orme, Homebuilding & Renovating’s Content Director, and the rest of the HB&R editorial team – would like to thank the many self-builders, renovators and extenders up and down the country who chose to enter their project in our annual celebration of self build and renovation excellence. We salute you!
Home of the Year & Best Contemporary Self Build: Bunch Lane House
- 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.
Judge Darren Bray says:
“What immediately strikes you about this house is the level of detail and the innovative use of space that has been achieved within a tight budget. This house is delivering amazing value for money at around £1,500/m².
“Tavia and Richard have carefully chosen to use simple, affordable materials in an innovative way. The brickwork detailing is one of my favourite features; the texture and shadow it adds shows how you can use brick to elevate a façade from being flat and featureless to something with a little joy! The composition of the street-facing elevation is another highlight — I enjoy how the chimney sits in this elevation, the detailing to the top of the chimney, and the careful placement of windows. The overall effect is simple yet delightful and will have been developed through many hours of refinement.
“Inside, the house’s visuals convey a minimalist domestic calmness, drawing the garden deep into the house. This makes the interior spaces feel connected to the garden, which in turn makes them feel larger than they actually are — yet again another expert trick.”
Best Extension: Lane’s Cottage
- 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 Zoë have successfully extended a derelict 18th-century cottage with a large contemporary extension that sits beside the original house without detracting from its period character. Located in an area of outstanding natural beauty, the restored building stands proud alongside the sensitively designed single-storey extension, but, just as importantly, has been designed around the Carters’ lifestyle.
Spirit of Self Build: Little Lodge
- Location: Kinver
- Project: Traditional self build
- Build Cost: £175,000
- Architect: Prime Oak and Andrea Millner
- Homeowner: Samatha Parr
Little Lodge is a 100m² oak frame self build designed and built by homeowner Samantha Parr, together with Prime Oak and Andrea Millner. Hidden down a mews alley in a charming Staffordshire village, a once disused garage was knocked down and replaced with this chalet-style home.
Samantha and her team not only had to deal with a tight plot, but restricted access — the oak for the frame even had to be carried in by hand.
The cosy but perfectly formed two-bed home features an upside down layout — the bedrooms and bathrooms are on the ground floor while the open and airy first floor houses the kitchen and lounge with a balcony and glazed upper gable with views out.
Best Renovation: The Boathouse
- Location: Maidenhead
- Project: Renovation and extension of 1970s modernist house
- Build Cost: £800,000
- Architect: Self Designed
- Homeowner: Jon Doughty
You’d be forgiven for thinking this was a new-build — not a once-dated 1970s property that has been completely reimagined by its owners. The property has been transformed thanks to an ingenious remodelling scheme, exterior ‘makeover’ and a bold glazed extension that features pocket sliding doors. Homeowners Jon, who designed and project managed the build, and wife Kay first bought the property with the intention of selling it on, but quickly fell for the character of the building and its location — and instead decided to make it their home.
Readers’ Choice Winner & Highly Commended for Best Renovation: Bachie Cottage
- Location: Powys
- Project: Conversion and extension of cottage and garage
- Build Cost: £250,000
- Architect: Studio 83
- Homeowners: Amy Jones and Bryn Jones
Amy and Bryn Jones have sensitively renovated a dated 19th-century cottage, linking it to an adjacent barn to create a new home which blends period features with contemporary touches. The introduction of internal wall insulation, a new roof, heat pump, and many other improvements ensures the house is now fit for 21st-century living.
Best Traditional-style Self Build: Carmichael House
- Location: Fife
- Project: Traditional-style self build
- Build Cost: £850,000
- Architect: Oakwrights in partnership with Thomson Hunter Architects
- Homeowners: Susan and Ian Kilpatrick
Carmichael Lodge is a 380m² traditional-style oak frame self build, designed and built by homeowners Ian and Susan with oak frame specialist Oakwrights, in partnership with Kilmarnock-based Thomson Hunter Architects. Designed to reflect traditional Scottish building styles and materials, the property features slate roofing and natural stone, both in the external wall finish and for the areas around the windows.
The four-bedroomed family home includes a turret with a steep circular roof at one corner of the house, housing a breakfast room on the ground floor and the circular master en suite bedroom above. Glazed gables also make this a light-filled home.
Best Eco Home: Malvern Gardens
- 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.
Best Conversion: Cremyll Cottage
- 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
Despite being located in a conservation area and being in close proximity to several listed properties, Yvonne and Angus Fraser’s conversion of a garage and workshop manages to bridge the gap between contemporary and sensitive design perfectly.
Not only does the inclusion of vernacular materials ensure it blends into its setting, but architect Dan Stewart’s clever use of vertical space maximises the living spaces within.
Ivy Farm: Highly Commended for Best Extension
- 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.
Cornerstone House: Highly Commended for Best Extension
- 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.
Appletrees: Highly Commended for Spirit of Self Build
- 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.
Gitcombe Retreat: Highly Commended for Best Traditional-style Self Build
- 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.
Murrayfield House: Highly Commended for Best Eco Home
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Location: Isle of Wight
- Project: Renovation of 1930s bungalow
- Build Cost: £300,000
- Architectural Designer: Neil Geddes
- Homeowner: Amanda Jemmett
This traditional property 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.
- 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.
- Location: Shropshire
- Project: Extension to listed cottage
- Build Cost: £65,000
- Architect: Base Architecture
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.
Best Contemporary-Style Self Build — sponsored by Folding Doors 2 U
Best Traditional-Style Self Build — sponsored by Rationel Windows & Doors
Best Extension — sponsored by ABC+ Warranty
Best Renovation — sponsored by Yeoman Rainguard
Best Conversion — sponsored by Etex (Exteriors) UK, providers of Eternit Slates
Best Eco Home — sponsored by Ecology Building Society
Home of the Year — sponsored by Icynene
Spirit of Self Build — sponsored by Hörmann
Readers’ Choice Award — sponsored by Selfbuild & Contract Floors