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.
The Awards are now closed for entries – stay tuned for more information!
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
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
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
Entries are invited for previously unloved homes saved through restoration, or homes imaginatively remodelled and/or renovated.
Sponsored by Icynene
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