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Home of the Year Winner Revealed!

For almost three decades The Daily Telegraph Homebuilding & Renovating Awards scheme has been showcasing and celebrating the very best of the UK’s latest self build, renovations, extensions and conversions. 

This year’s projects exemplify the resilience required to undertake a self build or home improvement project. The homeowners listed in these pages have weathered everything from planning delays and material shortages to builders going bankrupt and living on site during a pandemic. 

The winning categories include self builds with sustainable design at their hearts, innovative conversions and renovations of redundant buildings, and exciting extensions that prove that imagination and innovation can transform any building. The judging panel have really enjoyed hearing the anecdotes and solutions to challenges that make these projects all the more inspiring. 

If you’re coming to the end of your own project, be sure to watch out for the launch of our 2022 Awards next spring. We can’t wait to see what you’ve been working on.

Home of the Year Winner

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(Image credit: Martin Gardner)
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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.

Patch House

Sustainable self build

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

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Patch House is a fantastic contemporary family home, painstakingly designed and built by Spencer and Emma Guy over the course of a decade. Their dedication, hard work and tenacity is evident, from the attention to detail in the orientation of the structure to make the most of the idyllic plot, to their intricate eye for interior design which has provided a welcoming and unique home for their family. 

The flexible nature of the home means it’s futureproofed and can adapt with the changing needs of this family, while a fabric-first approach means the property does not require heating for 70% of the year. 

“This is a house fit for our challenging times, addressing climate change through harnessing renewable energy technologies,” says architect and judge Darren Bray. “It’s designed to enhance the site context and landscape, including the natural swimming pond that sits to one end of the two storey volumes.” 

“We were particularly impressed by how this new home has been exactingly designed for its site, which was previously occupied by a derelict chicken shed,” adds editor and judge Claire Lloyd. “Not only does the house’s orientation ensure that the living areas benefit from passive solar gain, but carefully placed glazing frames the views like artwork and natural light brings different spaces to life throughout the day. This new home exudes warmth and character but, importantly, it’s also a practical, robust family home.”

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Home of the Year — Chosen from one of the shortlisted houses, the UK’s Home of the Year celebrates the most outstanding project entered into the The Daily Telegraph Homebuilding & Renovating Awards. The winner will receive £1,000 of John Lewis vouchers.

Category Winners

Best Self Build Winner: The Boat House

Contemporary self build

Specifications
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.

Judge Claire Lloyd says This project embodies the essence of self build in many ways — the result is a high-quality, considered home, which very much enhances the lives of its occupants. Hunkered down in the hillside, and clad in natural materials, including locally sourced stone, Lizzie and Tristan’s ‘forever home’ is a match for the exceptional site within which it sits. The curved shingle roof is a particular highlight.

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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.

Best Self Build The judges are looking for self build projects of all styles and budgets. This category is for well-designed new homes with wow factor Sponsored by Self-Build Zone Self-Build Zone is the market leader self build insurance provider. Our Site Insurance and Structural Warranties protect anyone doing a renovation, conversion, extension or newbuild. Our Warranties are all backed by A-rated insurers and approved by the majority of lenders in the UK.

Best Self Build

The judges are looking for self build projects of all styles and budgets. This category is for well-designed new homes with wow factor

Sponsored by Self-Build Zone

Self-Build Zone is the market leader self build insurance provider. Our Site Insurance and Structural Warranties protect anyone doing a renovation, conversion, extension or newbuild. Our Warranties are all backed by A-rated insurers and approved by the majority of lenders in the UK.

Best Extension Winner: Cambray House

Sustainable extension to cottage

Specifications
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)

Rachel had a strong vision of how this family home should look and work and worked closely with the architects to ensure this was achieved. Her passion for biophilic design is evident throughout the house, with the glass extension allowing the internal spaces to feel firmly connected to the attractive surroundings that the house sits within. Despite the original building being built in the 1700s, the house still has impressive green credentials, thanks to a range of eco features.  

Judge Natasha Brinsmead says When faced with a beautiful old building like this, it can be hard to know how to design an extension that does it justice — yet Rachel’s attention to detail and extensive research has meant that the old and new sections of the house work as one. The extension makes the very most of the views and garden without stripping any of the character from the original house. The split level layout creates an interesting, yet practical, broken plan layout. 

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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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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. 

Best Extension Have you extended an existing property to create a home that works perfectly for your lifestyle? Sponsored by IDSystems For the past 20 years IDSystems has set the standard for glazing innovation. From theEDGE2.0, the ultra-slim 20mm sliding doors to vistaline, a truly innovative slide & turn system and their advanced range of SUNFLEX bifold doors; their products have been custom-made and installed for thousands of projects across the length and breadth of the UK.

Best Extension

Have you extended an existing property to create a home that works perfectly for your lifestyle?

Sponsored by IDSystems

For the past 20 years IDSystems has set the standard for glazing innovation. From theEDGE2.0, the ultra-slim 20mm sliding doors to vistaline, a truly innovative slide & turn system and their advanced range of SUNFLEX bifold doors; their products have been custom-made and installed for thousands of projects across the length and breadth of the UK.

Best Conversion Winner: The Old Flax Shop

Conversion of Grade II-listed shop

Specifications
Homeowners: Luke and Laura Thomas
Architect: Design Storey
Location: Dorset
Build Cost: £100,000
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This charming old shop was functioning as a storage and garage space before Luke and Laura set their hearts on converting it. Despite facing spatial restrictions and planning constraints – the planning process took two years – the couple have transformed it into a characterful dwelling, with much of the work undertaken on a DIY basis. This exemplary project showcases how redundant buildings can be brought back into use.

Judge Amy Reeves says This project has been a labour of love for Luke and Laura. This light touch, sensitive conversion features clever ideas and quirky details – such as the tongue-and-groove wall panelling which conceals services, and rope balustrade which is a nod to the building’s original use for rope-making – that help celebrate the original fabric of the building. The end result speaks for itself; the project is an undoubted success. 

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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.

Best Conversion We want to see barns, schools, churches and other such non-domestic buildings that have been transformed into modern homes Sponsored by Etex Etex (Exteriors) UK, part of the Etex group, supply a comprehensive range of quality fibre cement products for the building envelope. 

Best Conversion

We want to see barns, schools, churches and other such non-domestic buildings that have been transformed into modern homes

Sponsored by Etex

Etex (Exteriors) UK, part of the Etex group, supply a comprehensive range of quality fibre cement products for the building envelope. 

Highly Commended: The Chapel

Extension and conversion of chapel

Specifications
Homeowner: Anastasya Martynova
Architect: Nikjoo
Location: Lonson
Build Cost: £450,000
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Anastasya approached the conversion of this previously neglected Victorian chapel with playful confidence. From the new mezzanine level, which creates an airy workspace overlooking the kitchen, to the gothic dark-grey render on the exterior, the chapel’s reinvigoration is an extraordinary triumph.

Judge Darren Bray says The chapel is an exquisite demonstration of how to add a new, sleek, contemporary interior shell to an existing building. Once forgotten and mundane, the building now has beautiful natural finishes, with sunlight streaming into the mezzanine level. This is an example of how to carefully and sensitively deal with an existing structure. Work like this takes skill, care and attention to detail — but the reward is the special moments where features and quirks are revealed, and where you have to respond to existing conditions within the building.

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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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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. 

Spirit of Self Build and Readers' Choice Winner: Little Gem

Oak frame eco self-build

Specifications
Homeowner: Patsy Parr
Architect: Eclipse
Location: Stourbridge
Build Cost: £191,000
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Built in just 22 weeks during a global pandemic, and to a tight budget of £191,000, this outstanding oak frame home, by Enville Oak, shows just how far ingenuity, tenacity and passion will get you, whatever your age. 28-year-old Patsy project managed 72 local subcontractors to get it done. 

Judge Michelle Guy says This is an inspirational project. Patsy’s project really showcases how being brave, owning your budget and persevering can lead to you living your dream, even if you are faced with a pandemic! The story, and the owner, behind this project certainly capture the spirit of self-build. 

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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.

Spirit of Self Build Has your home delivered against all odds, or has it significantly improved the lives of its occupants? We want to hear from you Sponsored by Panasonic Heat Pumps With 60 years of experience, including developing the first domestic air conditioner in 1958 and selling to more than 120 countries, Panasonic is one of the leaders in the heating and cooling sector. Panasonic delivers innovative products incorporating cutting edge technologies that set the standard for renewable and energy efficient heating and cooling worldwide.

Spirit of Self Build

Has your home delivered against all odds, or has it significantly improved the lives of its occupants? We want to hear from you

Sponsored by Panasonic Heat Pumps

With 60 years of experience, including developing the first domestic air conditioner in 1958 and selling to more than 120 countries, Panasonic is one of the leaders in the heating and cooling sector. Panasonic delivers innovative products incorporating cutting edge technologies that set the standard for renewable and energy efficient heating and cooling worldwide.

Best Value Home Winner: Treetops

Passivhaus self-build

Specifications
Homeowners: Ian Jones
Architect: Self designed with Passiframe
Location: Gloucestershire
Build cost: £115,000
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This incredible energy-efficient home was a true labour of love for Ian and Justine. Ian took on a vast amount of work himself to keep costs within the impressive budget of just under £680/m2. The high quality and stylish finish of the house’s interiors is testament to Ian’s dedication and motivation. The Passivhaus design also features renewable technology.

Judge Amy Reeves says Building a stylish new family home from scratch for less than £120,000 is a fantastic feat in itself, but for that property to be airtight and efficient enough to be currently testing for Passivhaus certification beggars belief! The self-build is  a testament to the couple’s hard work and dedication and is a real inspiration.

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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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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.

Best Value Home A category for homes that represent exceptional value for money or projects that have been achieved on a tight budget Sponsored by Morsoe Founded in Denmark in 1853, Morsø’s highly skilled designers continue to employ the best in time-honoured manufacturing techniques updated with modern innovations. It is this discerning ability to create classic looking stoves that reflect current trends which makes Morsø’s wood burning stoves so popular.

Best Value Home

A category for homes that represent exceptional value for money or projects that have been achieved on a tight budget

Sponsored by Morsoe

Founded in Denmark in 1853, Morsø’s highly skilled designers continue to employ the best in time-honoured manufacturing techniques updated with modern innovations. It is this discerning ability to create classic looking stoves that reflect current trends which makes Morsø’s wood burning stoves so popular.

Highly Commended: Applejacks

Converted oak and stone barn

Specifications
Homeowners: Joe Radmore
Architect: Self-designed
Location: Devon
Build Cost: £90,000
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Built for just £135,000 (£45,000 for the plot, £45,000 for initial construction and £90,000 for conversion), the owner designed this oak frame barn himself, using sustainable, locally-sourced materials. Quirky touches include a hidden children’s bedroom, circular windows and, outside, a heart-shaped lake. The scale of the project has helped keep costs in check; at just £48m2, it required fewer construction and finishing materials than normal, yet it can accommodate a family of four with comfort.

Judge Alison Wall says This project shows that working within a tight budget – and building on a small scale – does not rule out quality, attention to detail or creativity. Joe Radmore has built the perfect rural bolthole for his young family.

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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)

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. 

Home of the Future and Best Green Home Winner: Ostrohouse

Passivhaus self-build

Specifications
Homeowner: Martin McCrae
Architect: Self-designed (Paper Igloo)
Location: Stirling
Build Cost: £250,000
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After designing the house in 2013, Martin and Mhairi worked tirelessly on a DIY basis to build their Passivhaus home, taking on a lot of the work themselves — everything from the timber frame construction to the intricate built-in joinery. The resulting project is an incredible feat of contemporary design, and a fantastic example of a low energy, 21st century solution to sustainable building in a rural context. 

Architect and Judge Darren Bray says Ostrohouse delivers the gold standard we should all aspire to: a highly sustainable home in a rugged landscape with outstanding architectural form and style. We need to see more of this type of work, which serves to show aspiring self-builders what can be delivered. With a comparatively modest build cost and almost zero energy bills, this truly is the house of the present and future!

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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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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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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.

Best Green Home Have you built or retrofitted a home to the very highest sustainable standards? Sponsored by Ecology Building Society Ecology Building Society specialises in lending for ecological new homes (including self-build and custom build), renovation or conversion of derelict buildings, and energy-efficiency improvements to existing buildings. We welcome unique and unusual projects and will consider mortgages for nonhabitable properties or non-standard construction types. 

Best Green Home

Have you built or retrofitted a home to the very highest sustainable standards?

Sponsored by Ecology Building Society

Ecology Building Society specialises in lending for ecological new homes (including self-build and custom build), renovation or conversion of derelict buildings, and energy-efficiency improvements to existing buildings. We welcome unique and unusual projects and will consider mortgages for nonhabitable properties or non-standard construction types. 

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.

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.

Highly Commended: Hawthorne House

Passivhaus self build

Specifications
Homeowners: Christine and Nicholas Lloyd
Architect: Building Biology and SE3Design
Location: Bristol
Build Cost: £295,000
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Constructed using a thin joint natural clay block system, Christine and Nicholas’s Passivhaus has been designed to Building Biology standards, prioritising non-toxic, low-impact building materials and low EMF emissions.  

Judge Claire Lloyd says Christine and Nicholas have not only created a low-energy home, but have gone one step further — carefully considering the environmental impact of the building materials they’ve used to construct it. They’ve sourced materials with a view to reducing their carbon footprint and to help ensure theirs is a ‘healthy home’. An air source heat pump, PV panels with battery, and rainwater harvesting system complete the sustainable picture.

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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. 

Best Custom Build Winner: Yarpole

Oak frame custom build site

Specifications
Homeowners: Jeff and Josie Woodfield
Designers: Border Oak
Location: Herefordshire
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Working with the owners of this custom build site in Herefordshire, Border Oak has constructed nine handsome family homes, built and finished with a local palette of brick, oak, stone, weatherboard, clay tile, slate and render. The designs marry the best of 21st-century eco technology and design (including air source heat pumps, very high levels of insulation and sustainable urban drainage) with traditional oak frame construction. The results are sharp, practical and full of charm. 

Judge Alison Wall says This bold and imaginative project has given local people access to the benefits of a custom build without the need to find a plot or seek planning permission. The result is an organic and sustainable settlement with distinctive houses, both traditional and more contemporary, that together work as a pleasing whole.

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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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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. 

Best Renovation Winner: Bailey Street

Renovation of cottage

Specifications
Homeowner: Luke Thomas
Architect: Self-designed
Location: Carmarthenshire
Build Cost: £65,000
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(Image credit: Ben Knight)

Dated, dark and unloved, this cottage was in serious need of attention when Luke Thomas took it on. His DIY approach has revitalised the property; he has brought in contemporary elements while also making a feature of the stonework. 

Judge Darren Bray says This renovation exemplifies everything there is to appreciate about delivering your own personal refurbishment project; it shows just what’s possible with a modest budget, energy, passion and creative endeavour. 

It’s a house that makes you smile with its use of colour, especially the pink I beam in the kitchen. Well done to Luke for having the nerve to embark on such a refurbishment. It’s amazing what you can achieve on less than £70K!

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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.

Best Renovation We’re looking for previously dated, forgotten and unloved homes that have been saved through careful restoration, imaginative remodels or ambitious renovation schemes  Sponsored by Yeoman Rainguard Yeoman Rainguard supply quality aluminium, cast iron, GRP, copper, zinc and stainless steel rainwater systems to suit all budgets and styles. Free site surveys, sample and itemised quotations available. 

Best Renovation

We’re looking for previously dated, forgotten and unloved homes that have been saved through careful restoration, imaginative remodels or ambitious renovation schemes 

Sponsored by Yeoman Rainguard

Yeoman Rainguard supply quality aluminium, cast iron, GRP, copper, zinc and stainless steel rainwater systems to suit all budgets and styles. Free site surveys, sample and itemised quotations available. 


Best Interior Winner: Guthens

Renovation of 1960s property

Specifications
Homeowners: Simon Francis
Architect: Linea Studio
Location: Truro
Build Cost: £325,000
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(Image credit: Simon Francis)

Having spotted the immense potential in a seemingly uninspiring 1960s property with elevated views across the coast, Simon and Suzie went on to remodel and rejuvenate it, creating an inspiring contemporary home. The interiors have been completely overhauled (although elements such as the original floating staircase have been retained and enhanced) to create something very special. The pared-back, neutral interiors ensure the views remain the star attraction. 

Judge Darren Bray says Outside, it’s clear that a clean, simple makeover has produced a stylish, repurposed property, its exterior clad in timber to harmonise shape and volume. Yet the real delight is to be found inside, which is an exercise in visual restraint, utilising natural tones, materials and furnishings. Two large windows have been maintained and maximised to make the focus of the interior the stunning view over the coastal landscape, directing your gaze out across the sea to the horizon.

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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.

Best Interior For homes with a flair for finishing touches and attention to detail Sponsored by Amtico Amtico is a proudly British flooring company with innovative manufacturing processes and precise craftsmanship at its core. With functionality for everyday life and collections spanning woods, stones and abstract flooring, Amtico combines unparalleled design expertise with LVT that boasts extreme resilience and superb strength.

Best Interior

For homes with a flair for finishing touches and attention to detail

Sponsored by Amtico

Amtico is a proudly British flooring company with innovative manufacturing processes and precise craftsmanship at its core. With functionality for everyday life and collections spanning woods, stones and abstract flooring, Amtico combines unparalleled design expertise with LVT that boasts extreme resilience and superb strength.

Best Contemporary Home Winner: Three Gardens

Contemporary self-build

Specifications
Homeowners: Kati and Nigel Massey
Architect: Edgley Design
Location: London
Build Cost: £280,000
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(Image credit: c/o Edgley Design)

Kati and Nigel have created a flexible and practical home filled with innovative and well-considered ideas — a giant pocket door/wall to create an extra bedroom for visiting guests, a semi-sunken studio for artist Nigel and an urban garden oasis that maximises the compact plot, to name a few. Now a ‘modern landmark’ in their area, this project exemplifies the very best of modern design.

Judge Hugh Metcalf says
This is a brilliant example of how to insert a contemporary home into an existing urban environment. The design is cleverly set onto a single level to avoid adversely impacting neighbours, but rather than shrinking into the background, its modern form creates a new landmark for the neighbourhood.

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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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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. 

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.

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

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Highly Commended: The Barn

Sustainable self-build

Specifications
Architect: PAD Studio
Location: Hampshire
Build cos: £1million
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(Image credit: PAD Studio)

Melting gracefully into its coastal location, this new home uses recycled materials and a sustainable fabric first approach to celebrate contemporary design to incredible effect. Well-considered interior spaces and attention to detail – such as the picture windows that capture views of the surrounding landscape – create a truly welcoming living environment.

Judge Claire Lloyd says Taking its cue from local agricultural buildings, this new build represents contemporary vernacular architecture at its best. Its low-profile form and recycled timber cladding, interestingly used to clad both the walls and roof, really anchor this building to its surroundings. The rustic, rough-cut waney-edged Douglas fir cladding to the gable ends is a particular highlight.

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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.

Shortlisted Projects

Chapel House

Extension and conversion of chapel

Specifications
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.  

Judge Darren Bray says Chapel House is a former Methodist chapel built in 1882, and its story is a fine example of how new life can be breathed into an ageing structure. In this project we are able to read the two layers, the past and present, which is vital to such reuse projects. The extension adds a modest 82m2 of space to the existing chapel and does so with a contextually sympathetic palette of materials. The new architecture is simple, contemporary and robust, providing a perfect balance for the existing Victorian chapel. 

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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.

Cherry Tree House

Contemporary green extension

Specifications
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.

Judge Claire Lloyd says Sustainability has been a theme across our shortlisted entries and this project is no exception — the judges were impressed by this family’s commitment to creating a sustainable home. Many would have opted to knock down and replace the entire building (saving the VAT in the process), but with sustainability a key driver, they instead decided to retain and retrofit the original Victorian building, and take a fabric first approach when building their new super-insulated extension. What’s more, keen to ensure they were not connecting to mains gas, they have installed a ground source heat pump, with provision made for solar PV panels at a later date. 

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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

Single storey extension

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

Judge Natasha Brinsmead says This house is a masterclass in extending a Victorian terrace in a sympathetic and sustainable way. The owners were keen that the extension and remodel should bring their living spaces closer to their sunken garden, something that Mitchell + Corti Architects have addressed by building a sunken area within the open-plan living space. 

Despite the contemporary design of the extension, with its recycled stone cladding, the house retains its original character thanks to clever touches and callbacks such as the herringbone floor

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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.  

Pye End View

Contemporary self build

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

Judge Michelle Guy says There’s no denying that Pye End View is on an enviable infill plot but what captured my attention about Stephen’s home is how the view and the interior are so connected. The large windows, sliding doors and genius triangular rooflights embrace the vista but it’s the wonderful shapes (and shadows) cast by the beams of light coming through that add real architectural character to the space. And the subtle projection of the look out, like a jetty over water, is inspired.

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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

Specifications
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.

Judge Amy Reeves says This incredible home is a perfect example of how an older stucture can be brought up to modern energy-efficiency standards while renovating or extending. 

The project is not only a fascinating and innovative design with an envy-inducing reading nook; it also reduced the house’s overall bills by 50%, despite the addition of a sizable extension.

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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

Specifications
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. 

Judge Jack Woodfield says This project should serve as a roadmap for future first-class green conversions. The before and after images show the aesthetic prowess of Tom and Emily, but the vision behind the conversion – prioritising upcycled materials and ensuring carbon-neutral holiday lets – is to be commended, admired and acknowledged.

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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. 

Sun Slice House

Contemporary extension

Specifications
Architect: Neil Dusheiko Architects
Location: Cambridge
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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. 

Judge Jack Woodfield says As a parent-of-two, it’s easy to be seduced by the Dark Spa linked to Sun Slice House, which provides a secluded retreat for busy parents. But it’s the striking abundance - and effective use - of skylights in this contemporary extension which stand out. The naturally-illuminating north-facing rear extension is stunning, enveloping the existing home and creating a wealth of natural light.

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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. 

Blenheim Grove

Custom build site

Specifications
Designer: Unboxed Homes
Location: London
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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.

Judge Jacob Barlow says These delightful contemporary homes make the most of their modest footprints to create spacious interiors full of light. Offered to three levels of finishing, they’re perfect for hands-on homemakers or folks who just want to move in, kick back, and enjoy the double-height voids and clever half-story mini floors.

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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.

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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.

Amy Reeves

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.