Here at HBR HQ, we’re kicking off the inaugural Good Design Week (15-22 July)

Celebrating good house design is kind of our thing, but this year we want to go above and beyond to highlight the importance of good design when it comes to our homes.

Head over to Twitter to join in with #GoodDesignWeek, or check out the articles below that offer fantastic advice from architects, designers and industry experts well and truly in the know — from what to look out for when hiring an architect for your self build, renovation, extension or home improvement project, to achieving architectural ‘wow’ in your new home. We’ve also included jaw-dropping examples of exquisite home design*

*Please note: Homebuilding & Renovating can accept no responsibility for socks blown off, boats floated, buns iced, engines revved or such like.

Design Advice

Working With Architects
Designers and architects give their advice on how to strike up a happy working relationship

2015’s Top Design Trends
Awards judge Michael Holmes reports on the best design ideas

8 Ways to Achieve Architectural Wow
All too often self-built and renovated homes end up as bland as off-the-shelf developer houses. Charlie Luxton reveals some simple ideas to make your project special

Designing the Larger Home
Self building a big house should be easy, but with the lack of constraints comes a range of disasters waiting to happen. Pete Tonks explains how to get it right

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