Build It Awards 2023

Build It Awards: Discover award-winning projects, products and vote for your favourite self build homes and renovations
Articles by Build It magazine
by Build It magazine
25th September 2020

The Build It Awards, in association with Buildstore, celebrates all aspects of self build and renovation – from the very best completed projects through to innovative products and outstanding service from suppliers.

Build It magazine’s annual awards scheme features over 25 categories, garnering hundreds of entries that cover every major aspect of a home building project.

So you’ll find everything from inspiring architecture and amazing real-life builds through to high-performance structural systems, glazing, heating & renewables, cladding options, smart home technology and more.

Build With Confidence

What sets the Build It Awards apart is they are scrutinised by an expert panel, which includes some of the self build and renovation industry’s leading lights.

Unlike some awards schemes, this isn’t an arbitrary gong or a social media popularity contest. All but one of our categories (for the Best Home) is decided by our expert judging panel.

So, winning or being shortlisted for a Build It Award comes with an expert-backed seal of approval that can give you, the self builder, real confidence when specifying your project.

This year’s Build It Awards winners will be announced at a special ceremony in late November. Full details of the winning projects, products and services will be published in the November issue of Build It magazine. Click here to find out more.

Best Home 2023 – Voting Open

The shortlist for the Best Self Build or Renovation Project category is selected by Build It’s editorial team and judging panel. The contenders are then entered into public vote by Build It readers and website users.

The remaining categories are decided by our judging panel, chaired by Build It magazine’s content director, Chris Bates. The judges scrutinise every entry in detail to create an exceptional shortlist, before ultimately casting their votes to crown individual category winners.

Click below to find out more about the projects and vote for your favourite.

vote for the best home of 2023

Previous Build It Awards winners

Our mission with the Build It Awards is to help you identify the very best products and services for your self build, home renovation, extension or conversion project.

The judges scrutinise everything from design and the level of support companies offer, through to performance, lifestyle benefits and value-for-money.

Find out more about our previous Build It Awards winners here:

Build It Awards: Best Self Build Home 2022

Royan and Helen Anthony for their oak frame home

Royan and Helen Anthony created this striking self build home with Welsh Oak Frame, who helped bring their goals of a low-maintenence and characterful home to life.

Royan and Helen Anthony self build oak frame home exterior with masonry facade and glass atrium

Their new oak home was ready for them to move into 15 months after starting on site – and they’re thrilled with the results. “Building in oak was the perfect solution for us,” says Royan. “We have the convenience of modern living alongside the character of oak.”

Category Sponsor Self-Build Zone


Meet the Build It Awards Judges

The Build It Awards judging panel is made up of leading experts from across the self build and renovation industry. This year’s panel includes:

Chris Bates, Build It Awards Judge

Chris Bates Build It magazine’s editor is a qualified site carpenter and chair of the awards

Jane Duncan, Build It Awards Judge

Jane Duncan is an architect, self builder and the former president of RIBA

Raymond Connor, Build It Awards Judge

Raymond Connor is CEO of leading self build mortgage specialist, BuildStore

Mike Hardwick, Build It Awards judge

Mike Hardwick is a self build consultant and general manager at the National Self & Custom Build

Nigel Griffiths, Build It Awards judge

Nigel Griffiths is a sustainability consultant and director of the Sustainable Traditional Buildings Alliance

Tim Doherty, Build It Awards judge

Tim Doherty is a chartered surveyor with over 30 years’ experience helping self builders

Julian Owen, Build It Awards judge

Julian Owen is an architect and founder of the Association of Self Build Architects

Calum Taylor, Build It Awards judge

Calum Taylor is Build It magazine’s Publisher, with five major projects under his belt

David Hilton, Build It Awards judge

David Hilton is a renewables and ventilation installer, and an eco expert for the NSBRC

Are you a company or supplier interested in entering the Build It Awards? For more information visit the Build It Awards website or email [email protected].

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