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Vote Now For Your Favourite Home of the Year Project

The Daily Telegraph Homebuilding & Renovating Awards 2021 has been championing Britain’s most inspiring homes for almost three decades.

The Awards don’t just put great home design in the spotlight, but also the ambitious individuals and wonderful teams behind every successful project so we want to hear all about your experiences, ups, downs and lessons hard-learned. 

Houses of every shape, size and budget have been shortlisted (see below), from future-thinking contemporary self builds and striking extensions, to modest, well-considered barn conversions and DIY renovations.

Plus, one of the shortlisted projects will be chosen Home of the Year 2021 and win £1,000 of John Lewis vouchers. 

The standard of this year’s entries to The Daily Telegraph Homebuilding & Renovating Awards has been amazing and the judges were blown away by the creativity and spirit shown in 2021. 

Voting closes 4th October and the winner will be announced 2nd December.

The Shortlist

The Old Flax Shop

Conversion of Grade II-listed shop

Homeowners: Luke and Laura Thomas | Architect: Design Storey | Location: Dorset | Build Cost: £100,000

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(Image credit: Ben Knight)

After taking on much of the work on a DIY basis, Luke and Laura have transformed a derelict and crumbling property into a characterful home with a sensitive design and careful consideration throughout.

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BEFORE (Image credit: Luke Thomas)

After taking on much of the work on a DIY basis, Luke and Laura have transformed a derelict and crumbling property into a characterful home with a sensitive design and careful consideration throughout.

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(Image credit: Luke Thomas)

After taking on much of the work on a DIY basis, Luke and Laura have transformed a derelict and crumbling property into a characterful home with a sensitive design and careful consideration throughout.

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(Image credit: Luke Thomas)

After taking on much of the work on a DIY basis, Luke and Laura have transformed a derelict and crumbling property into a characterful home with a sensitive design and careful consideration throughout.

Little Gem

Oak frame eco self-build

Homeowner: Patsy Parr | Architect: Eclipse | Location: Stourbridge | Build Cost: £191,000

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(Image credit: Jeremy Phillips)

First-time buyer Patsy took a leap of faith, battled her way through two years of planning negotiations and project managed throughout in order to construct her sustainable oak-framed home to an impressive budget.

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(Image credit: Jeremy Phillips)

First-time buyer Patsy took a leap of faith, battled her way through two years of planning negotiations and project managed throughout in order to construct her sustainable oak-framed home to an impressive budget.

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(Image credit: Jeremy Phillips)

First-time buyer Patsy took a leap of faith, battled her way through two years of planning negotiations and project managed throughout in order to construct her sustainable oak-framed home to an impressive budget.

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(Image credit: Jeremy Phillips)

First-time buyer Patsy took a leap of faith, battled her way through two years of planning negotiations and project managed throughout in order to construct her sustainable oak-framed home to an impressive budget.

Ostrohouse

Passivhaus self-build

Homeowner: Martin McCrae | Architect: Self-designed (Paper Igloo) | Location: Stirling | Build Cost: £250,000

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(Image credit: David Barbour)

Not only achieving Passivhaus standards, Ostrohouse also meets Scottish Technical Standards Gold accreditation for its innovative, striking design and has low embodied and operational carbon emissions.

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(Image credit: David Barbour)

Not only achieving Passivhaus standards, Ostrohouse also meets Scottish Technical Standards Gold accreditation for its innovative and striking design and has low embodied and operational carbon emissions.

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(Image credit: David Barbour)

Not only achieving Passivhaus standards, Ostrohouse also meets Scottish Technical Standards Gold accreditation for its innovative and striking design and has low embodied and operational carbon emissions.

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(Image credit: David Barbour)

Not only achieving Passivhaus standards, Ostrohouse also meets Scottish Technical Standards Gold accreditation for its innovative and striking design and has low embodied and operational carbon emissions.

Patch House

Sustainable self-build

​​Homeowners: Spencer and Emma Guy | Architect: Self-designed (Levitate Architects) | Location: Buckinghamshire | Build Cost: £450,000

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(Image credit: Martin Gardner)

Designed by Spencer and Emma, Patch House has been a labour of love for almost a decade. The family moved into the unfinished shell in 2011 and slowly completed rooms until the house was finished in 2019. The result is an efficient, contemporary, and welcoming home.

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(Image credit: Martin Gardner)

Designed by Spencer and Emma, Patch House has been a labour of love for almost a decade. The family moved into the unfinished shell in 2011 and slowly completed rooms until the house was finished in 2019. The result is an efficient, contemporary, and welcoming home.

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(Image credit: Martin Gardner)

Designed by Spencer and Emma, Patch House has been a labour of love for almost a decade. The family moved into the unfinished shell in 2011 and slowly completed rooms until the house was finished in 2019. The result is an efficient, contemporary, and welcoming home.

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(Image credit: Martin Gardner)

Designed by Spencer and Emma, Patch House has been a labour of love for almost a decade. The family moved into the unfinished shell in 2011 and slowly completed rooms until the house was finished in 2019. The result is an efficient, contemporary, and welcoming home.

Chapel House

Extension and conversion of chapel

Homeowners: Sarah and Mike Hyland | Architect: A'Bear & Ball Architects | Location: Faringdon | Build Cost: £450,000

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(Image credit: c/o Damon Ball)

With a contemporary extension and an extensive conversion and refurbishment scheme, this former Methodist church is now an elegant family home for Sarah and Mike. A delicate touch celebrates the original detailing, while the extension has added 85m2 of modern living space.  

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BEFORE (Image credit: Damon Ball)

With a contemporary extension and an extensive conversion and refurbishment scheme, this former Methodist church is now an elegant family home for Sarah and Mike. A delicate touch celebrates the original detailing, while the extension has added 85m2 of modern living space.

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(Image credit: c/o Damon Ball)

With a contemporary extension and an extensive conversion and refurbishment scheme, this former Methodist church is now an elegant family home for Sarah and Mike. A delicate touch celebrates the original detailing, while the extension has added 85m2 of modern living space.

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(Image credit: Damon Ball)

Transformed by a contemporary extension and an extensive conversion and refurbishment scheme, this former Methodist church is now an elegant family home for Sarah and Mike. A delicate touch celebrates the original detailing, while the extension has added 85m2 of modern living space.

The Barn

Sustainable self-build

Architect: PAD Studio | Location: Hampshire | Build cos: £1million

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The Barn is a low-energy replacement building which is beautifully embedded into its coastal site. Considered materials such as the recycled timber cladding, local clay brickwork and a concrete upstand in the kitchen (which features coins, shells and even an iphone for the family to create a quirky mini time capsule) make this project really special.

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(Image credit: PAD Studio)

The Barn is a low energy replacement building which is beautifully embedded into the it’s coastal site. Considered materials such as the recycled timber cladding, local clay brickwork and a concrete upstand in the kitchen (which features coins, shells and even an iphone for the family to create a quirky mini time capsule) make this project really special.

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(Image credit: PAD Studio)

The Barn is a low energy replacement building which is beautifully embedded into the it’s coastal site. Considered materials such as the recycled timber cladding, local clay brickwork and a concrete upstand in the kitchen (which features coins, shells and even an iphone for the family to create a quirky mini time capsule) make this project really special.

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(Image credit: PAD Studio)

The Barn is a low energy replacement building which is beautifully embedded into the it’s coastal site. Considered materials such as the recycled timber cladding, local clay brickwork and a concrete upstand in the kitchen (which features coins, shells and even an iphone for the family to create a quirky mini time capsule) make this project really special.

Bailey Street

Renovation of cottage

Homeowner: Luke Thomas | Architect: Self-designed | Location: Carmarthenshire | Build Cost: £65,000

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(Image credit: Ben Knight)

Luke’s DIY approach to his contemporary renovation of a dated cottage delivered project on an impressive budget. The original stone walls have been exposed while bright pops of colour throughout put Luke’s personal stamp on the home.

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BEFORE (Image credit: Luke Thomas)

Luke’s DIY approach to his contemporary renovation of a dated cottage delivered project on an impressive budget. The original stone walls have been exposed while bright pops of colour throughout put Luke’s personal stamp on the home.

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(Image credit: Ben Knight)

Luke’s DIY approach to his contemporary renovation of a dated cottage delivered project on an impressive budget. The original stone walls have been exposed while bright pops of colour throughout put Luke’s personal stamp on the home.

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(Image credit: Luke Thomas)

Luke’s DIY approach to his contemporary renovation of a dated cottage delivered the project on an impressive budget. The original stone walls have been exposed while bright pops of colour throughout put Luke’s personal stamp on the home.

The Boathouse

Contemporary self-build

Homeowners: Tristan and Lizzie Stone | Architect: Adams + Collingwood Architects | Location: Devon | Build Cost: £2000/m2

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(Image credit: Jim Stephenson)

Celebrating local tradespeople and craftsmanship, Lizzie and Tristan's project sits alongside their boat building business. Careful consideration was made to create a home that worked practically and for the young family's day-to-day life.

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(Image credit: Jim Stephenson)

Celebrating local tradespeople and craftsmanship, Lizzie and Tristan's project sits alongside their boat building business. Careful consideration was made to create a home that worked practically and for the young family's day-to-day life.

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(Image credit: Jim Stephenson)

Celebrating local tradespeople and craftsmanship, Lizzie and Tristan's project sits alongside their boat building business. Careful consideration was made to create a home that worked practically and for the young family's day-to-day life.

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(Image credit: Jim Stephenson)

Celebrating local tradespeople and craftsmanship, Lizzie and Tristan's project sits alongside their boat building business. Careful consideration was made to create a home that worked practically and for the young family's day-to-day life.

Guthens

Renovation of 1960s property

Homeowners: Simon Francis | Architect: Linea Studio | Location: Truro | Build Cost: £325,000

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(Image credit: Simon Francis)

Taking a flat-roofed and uninspiring rectangular building and transforming it into a sleek modern home was a stroke of genius by Simon Francis. The stunning new interiors perfectly capture the coastal location. 

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BEFORE (Image credit: Simon Francis)

Taking a flat-roofed and uninspiring rectangular building and transforming it into a sleek modern home was a stroke of genius by Simon Francis. The stunning new interiors perfectly capture the coastal location.

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(Image credit: Simon Francis)

Taking a flat-roofed and uninspiring rectangular building and transforming it into a sleek modern home was a stroke of genius by Simon Francis. The stunning new interiors perfectly capture the coastal location.

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(Image credit: Simon Francis)

Taking a flat-roofed and uninspiring rectangular building and transforming it into a sleek modern home was a stroke of genius by Simon Francis. The stunning new interiors perfectly capture the coastal location.

Cherry Tree House

Contemporary green extension

Homeowners: Henry and Jacqueline Gummer | Architect: Guttfield Architecture | Location: Oxfordshire | Build Cost: £760,000

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(Image credit: Fred Guttfield)

Keen to live in a modern, efficient home without knocking down their Victorian farm workers' cottage (to reduce the carbon wastage) Henry and Jacqueline extended in timber frame and remodelled the existing property, installing triple glazing windows and an MVHR system.

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BEFORE (Image credit: Fred Guttfield)

Keen to live in a modern, efficient home without knocking down their Victorian farm workers' cottage (to reduce the carbon wastage) Henry and Jacqueline extended in timber frame and remodelled the existing property, installing triple glazing windows and an MVHR system.

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(Image credit: Fred Guttfield)

Keen to live in a modern, efficient home without knocking down their Victorian farm workers' cottage (to reduce the carbon wastage) Henry and Jacqueline extended in timber frame and remodelled the existing property, installing triple glazing windows and an MVHR system.

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(Image credit: Fred Guttfield)

Keen to live in a modern, efficient home without knocking down their Victorian farm workers' cottage (to reduce the carbon wastage) Henry and Jacqueline extended in timber frame and remodelled the existing property, installing triple glazing windows and an MVHR system.  

Library House

Two storey extension

Homeowners: Mark Rothery and Alison Carrol | Architect: Michell and Corti Architects | Location: London | Build Cost: £125,000

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With a tight budget, this extension was designed utilising recycled and sustainable materials, including a reconstituted natural basalt panel cladding which provides a dark and distinctive finish to Mark and Alison's new space.

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BEFORE (Image credit: c/o Mitchell and Corti Architects)

With a tight budget, this extension was designed utilising recycled and sustainable materials, including a reconstituted natural basalt panel cladding which provides a dark and distinctive finish to Mark and Alison's new space.

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(Image credit: c/o Mitchell and Corti Architects)

With a tight budget, this extension was designed utilising recycled and sustainable materials, including a reconstituted natural basalt panel cladding which provides a dark and distinctive finish to Mark and Alison's new space.

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(Image credit: c/o Mitchell and Corti Architects)

With a tight budget, this extension was designed utilising recycled and sustainable materials, including a reconstituted natural basalt panel cladding which provides a dark and distinctive finish to Mark and Alison's new space.  

Yarpole

Oak frame custom build site

Homeowners: Jeff and Josie Woodfield | Designers: Border Oak | Location: Herefordshire

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Looking to develop on their land, without adding another conventional housing estate behind their home, Jeff and Josie Woodfield contacted Border Oak to create self and custom build plots with a broad vernacular palette. The unique mix of houses has created a charming new community.

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Looking to develop on their land, without adding another conventional housing estate behind their home Jeff and Josie Woodfield contacted Border Oak to create self and custom build plots with a broad vernacular palette. The unique mix of houses has created a charming new community.

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(Image credit: Border Oak)

Looking to develop on their land, without adding another conventional housing estate behind their home Jeff and Josie Woodfield contacted Border Oak to create self and custom build plots with a broad vernacular palette. The unique mix of houses has created a charming new community.

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(Image credit: Border Oak)

Looking to develop on their land, without adding another conventional housing estate behind their home Jeff and Josie Woodfield contacted Border Oak to create self and custom build plots with a broad vernacular palette. The unique mix of houses has created a charming new community. 

Treetops

Passivhaus self-build

Homeowners: Ian Jones | Architect: Self designed with Passiframe | Location: Gloucestershire | Build cost: £115,000

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(Image credit: Mark Ashbee)

Once the timber frame shell was airtight, Ian took on all of the work (where no qualifications were needed) on an entirely DIY basis. His incredible hard work has delivered an efficient and beautiful home for his family in an exception budget.

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(Image credit: Mark Ashbee)

Once the timber frame shell was airtight, Ian took on all of the work (where no qualifications were needed ) on an entirely DIY basis. His incredible hard work has delivered an efficient and beautiful home for his family in an exception budget.

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(Image credit: Mark Ashbee)

Once the timber frame shell was airtight, Ian took on all of the work (where no qualifications were needed ) on an entirely DIY basis. His incredible hard work has delivered an efficient and beautiful home for his family in an exception budget.

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(Image credit: Mark Ashbee)

Once the timber frame shell was airtight, Ian took on all of the work (where no qualifications were needed) on an entirely DIY basis. His incredible hard work has delivered an efficient and beautiful home for his family to an exception budget.

The Chapel

Extension and conversion of chapel

Homeowner: Anastasya Martynova | Architect: Nikjoo | Location: Lonson | Build Cost: £450,000

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(Image credit: Juliet Murphy)

While converting her neglected Victorian chapel, Anastasya added a characterful mezzanine level and roof terrace to create a peaceful home.

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While converting her neglected Victorian chapel, Anastasya added a characterful mezzanine level and roof terrace to create a peaceful home.

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(Image credit: Juliet Murphy)

While converting her neglected Victorian chapel, Anastasya added a characterful mezzanine level and roof terrace to create a peaceful home.

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(Image credit: Juliet Murphy)

While converting her neglected Victorian chapel, Anastasya added a characterful mezzanine level and roof terrace to create a peaceful home. 

Pye End View

Contemporary self build

Homeowner: Stephen Ralph | Architect: Harvey Norman Architects | Location: Ipswich | Build Cost: £360,000

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Wanting to build a unique home for his retirement, Stephen bought an empty infill plot 15 metres above the beach with stunning views. The project masterfully captured the horizon while creating an efficient and sustainable upside-down new home.

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(Image credit: c/o Harvey Norman Architects)

Wanting to build a unique home for his retirement, Stephen bought an empty infill plot 15 metres above the beach with stunning views. The project masterfully captured the horizon while creating an efficient and sustainable upside-down new home.

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(Image credit: c/o Harvey Norman Architects)

Wanting to build a unique home for his retirement, Stephen bought an empty infill plot 15 metres above the beach with stunning views. The project masterfully captured the horizon while creating an efficient and sustainable upside-down new home.

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(Image credit: c/o Harvey Norman Architects)

Wanting to build a unique home for his retirement, Stephen bought an empty infill plot 15 metres above the beach with stunning views. The project masterfully captured the horizon while creating an efficient and sustainable upside-down new home.

Lanchester Road

Energy-efficient extension

Architect: Mulroy Architects | Location: London | Build Cost: £700,000

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(Image credit: Will Pryce)

From dated to dramatic, the incredible work on this 1930s detached house has transformed it into a modern home. Despite expanding in size, the house is uses 50% less energy thanks to efficient renovations throughout.

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BEFORE (Image credit: Mulroy Architects)

From dated to dramatic, the incredible work on this 1930s detached house has transformed it into a modern home. Despite expanding in size, the house is uses 50% less energy thanks to efficient renovations throughout.

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(Image credit: Will Pryce)

From dated to dramatic, the incredible work on this 1930s detached house has transformed it into a modern home. Despite expanding in size, the house is uses 50% less energy thanks to efficient renovations throughout.

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(Image credit: Will Pryce)

From dated to dramatic, the incredible work on this 1930s detached house has transformed it into a modern home. Despite expanding in size, the house is uses 50% less energy thanks to efficient renovations throughout. 

Batchcote Hall Barns

Conversion of 18th century outbuildings

Homeowners: Tom and Emily Hunt | Architect: Qu-Est Design & Planning | Location: Shropshire | Build Cost: £360,000

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(Image credit: c/o Tom Hunt)

Lovingly described as 'upcycling on a large scale', many of the materials, fixtures and fittings in Tom and Emily's barn conversion have been either salvaged or locally sourced. The barns are also powered using renewable resources and their attached holiday cottage is carbon neutral. 

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BEFORE (Image credit: c/o Tom Hunt)

Lovingly described as 'upcycling on a large scale', many of the materials, fixtures and fittings in Tom and Emily's barn conversion have been either salvaged or locally sourced. The barns are also powered using renewable resources and their attached holiday cottage is carbon neutral. 

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(Image credit: c/o Tom Hunt)

Lovingly described as 'upcycling on a large scale', many of the materials, fixtures and fittings in Tom and Emily's barn conversion have been either salvaged or locally sourced. The barns are also powered using renewable resources and their attached holiday cottage is carbon neutral. 

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(Image credit: c/o Tom Hunt)

Lovingly described as 'upcycling on a large scale', many of the materials, fixtures and fittings in Tom and Emily's barn conversion have been either salvaged or locally sourced. The barns are also powered using renewable resources and their attached holiday cottage is carbon neutral. 

Hawthorne House

Passivhaus self build

Homeowners: Christine and Nicholas Lloyd | Architect: Building Biology and SE3Design | Location: Bristol | Build Cost: £295,000

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(Image credit: Mark Ashbee)

Christine and Nicholas's charming Passivhaus was built using a thin joint natural clay block system which provides a healthy and efficient shell and features triple glazing, wood fibre insulation and non-toxic low-impact building materials. 

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(Image credit: Mark Ashbee)

Christine and Nicholas's charming Passivhaus was built using a thin joint natural clay block system which provides a healthy and efficient shell and features triple glazing, wood fibre insulation and non-toxic low-impact building materials. 

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(Image credit: Mark Ashbee)

Christine and Nicholas's charming Passivhaus was built using a thin joint natural clay block system which provides a healthy and efficient shell and features triple glazing, wood fibre insulation and non-toxic low-impact building materials. 

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(Image credit: Mark Ashbee)

Christine and Nicholas's charming Passivhaus was built using a thin joint natural clay block system which provides a healthy and efficient shell and features triple glazing, wood fibre insulation and non-toxic low-impact building materials. 

Cambray House

Sustainable extension to cottage

Homeowners: Rachel and Matt Partridge | Architect: Miller & Howard Workshop and Design Decoded | Location: Stroud | Build Cost: £700,000

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(Image credit: c/o Rachel Partridge)

Masterfully blending old and new, Rachel and Matt's home reinstates the cottage's lost character and beautifully connects it to the outdoors. Maximum effort and attention to detail (including a cantilevered corner glazed opening in the kitchen) pay in dividends with this striking home. 

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BEFORE (Image credit: c/o Rachel Partridge)

Masterfully blending old and new, Rachel and Matt's home reinstates the cottage's lost character and beautifully connects it to the outdoors. Maximum effort and attention to detail (including a cantilevered corner glazed opening in the kitchen) pay in dividends with this striking home. 

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(Image credit: c/o Rachel Partridge)

Masterfully blending old and new, Rachel and Matt's home reinstates the cottage's lost character and beautifully connects it to the outdoors. Maximum effort and attention to detail (including a cantilevered corner glazed opening in the kitchen) pay in dividends with this striking home. 

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(Image credit: c/o Rachel Partridge)

Masterfully blending old and new, Rachel and Matt's home reinstates the cottage's lost character and beautifully connects it to the outdoors. Maximum effort and attention to detail (including a cantilevered corner glazed opening in the kitchen) pay in dividends with this striking home. 

Sun Slice House

Contemporary extension

Architect: Neil Dusheiko Architects | Location: Cambridge

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Sun Slice House is a striking transformation of a Victorian semi-detached house which features an abundance of skylights for maximum natural light and a 'dark spa' secluded retreat. 

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BEFORE (Image credit: c/o Neil Dusheiko Architects)

Sun Slice House is a striking transformation of a Victorian semi-detached house which features an abundance of skylights for maximum natural light and a 'dark spa' secluded retreat. 

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(Image credit: c/o Neil Dusheiko Architects)

Sun Slice House is a striking transformation of a Victorian semi-detached house which features an abundance of skylights for maximum natural light and a 'dark spa' secluded retreat. 

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(Image credit: c/o Neil Dusheiko Architects)

Sun Slice House is a striking transformation of a Victorian semi-detached house which features an abundance of skylights for maximum natural light and a 'dark spa' secluded retreat. 

Applejacks

Converted oak and stone barn

Homeowners: Joe Radmore | Architect: Self-designed | Location: Devon | Build Cost: £45,000

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10 years after building the stone and oak barn on his land, Joe converted it into a charming home to be closer to his parents. Finished to a high spec on a very limited budget makes this project all the more impressive.

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(Image credit: c.o Joe Radmore)
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(Image credit: c.o Joe Radmore)

10 years after building the stone and oak barn on his land, Joe converted it into a charming home to be closer to his parents. Finished to a high spec on a very limited budget makes this project all the more impressive.

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(Image credit: c.o Joe Radmore)

10 years after building the stone and oak barn on his land, Joe converted it into a charming home to be closer to his parents. Finished to a high spec on a very limited budget makes this project all the more impressive. 

Blenheim Grove

Custom build site

Designer: Unboxed Homes | Location: London

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The first custom build homes in London, Blenheim Grove consists of five energy-efficient terrace houses which can be bought at three different finish stages: raw, basic or finished. This means homeowners can source their own kitchens, bathrooms and fittings and decide on layouts to an affordable cost.

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The first custom build homes in London, Blenheim Grove consists of five energy-efficient terrace houses which can be bought at three different finish stages: raw, basic or finished. This means homeowners can source their own kitchens, bathrooms and fittings and decide on layouts to an affordable cost.

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(Image credit: French + Tye)

The first custom build homes in London, Blenheim Grove consists of five energy-efficient terrace houses which can be bought at three different finish stages: raw, basic or finished. This means homeowners can source their own kitchens, bathrooms and fittings and decide on layouts to an affordable cost.

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(Image credit: French + Tye)

The first custom build homes in London, Blenheim Grove consists of five energy-efficient terrace houses which can be bought at three different finish stages: raw, basic or finished. This means homeowners can source their own kitchens, bathrooms and fittings and decide on layouts to an affordable cost.

Three Gardens

Contemporary self-build

Homeowners: Kati and Nigel Massey | Architect: Edgley Design | Location: London | Build Cost: £280,000

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Replacing a cluster of garages, this self build centres around three trees on the plot, forming three distinct gardens. The unique house also features an artist studio and a playful interior that makes the most of compact living.

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(Image credit: c/o Edgley Design)

Replacing a cluster of garages, this self-build centres around three trees on the plot, forming three distinct gardens. The unique house also features an artist studio and a playful interior that makes the most of compact living.

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(Image credit: c/o Edgley Design)

Replacing a cluster of garages, this self-build centres around three trees on the plot, forming three distinct gardens. The unique house also features an artist studio and a playful interior that makes the most of compact living.

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(Image credit: c/o Edgley Design)

Replacing a cluster of garages, this self-build centres around three trees on the plot, forming three distinct gardens. The unique house also features an artist studio and a playful interior that makes the most of compact living. 

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Home of the Future

Is your home forward-thinking?
This category is for houses that feature the very latest technologies, cutting-edge automation or futureproofed, creative concepts

Sponsored by Fisher & Paykel

Fisher & Paykel has been designing products since 1934 and has grown into a global company with products sold in more than 50 countries around the world. Fisher & Paykel strives to be the most human-centred appliance brand by developing flexible appliances that can be tailored to individual lifestyles and needs.

Best Custom Build Scheme

This category is open to custom build schemes of all shapes, sizes and budgets

Best Contemporary Home

Looking for innovative designs inside and out, this category is for homes that cater to every aspect of modern tastes and living

Sponsored by Daikin

Shaping the future of renewable heating & cooling using our signature technology to deliver the ultimate in comfort that our customers depend on.

Last Year's Winner: The Forge

Barn conversion

(Image credit: Jeremy Phillips)

Last year’s awards saw Elly and Philip Handley win both Home of the Year and Best Conversion for their £85K contemporary extension and renovation of a derelict blacksmith’s forge in Shropshire. 

Homeowners: Philip and Elly Handley | Project: Conversion and extension of Grade II-listed blacksmith’s forge | Location: Shropshire | Build Cost: £85,000 | Architect: Studio Bloc (designed by Philip)

Architect and judge Darren Bray says:

"This conversion and reimagining of a former blacksmith’s forge is an absolute triumph. Delivering this project for £85k is a masterclass in how to reinvent an ageing structure; it’s what we should all be doing in response to the climate change emergency. This type of project is not for the faint-hearted, and it has been handled with professionalism and nerves of steel!"

Assistant Editor Amy began working for Homebuilding & Renovating in 2018. She has an interest in sustainable building methods and always has her eye on the latest design ideas. Amy has interviewed countless self builders, renovators and extenders about their experiences for Homebuilding & Renovating magazine. She is currently renovating a mid-century home, together with her partner, on a DIY basis, and has recently fitted her own kitchen.