One of the great joys of being part of the Build It team is getting the chance to connect with self builders and renovators on the ground – and to share their experiences, successes and challenges with our readers.
Every year, the editorial team and Build It Awards judges get together to create a shortlist of the best homes we’ve featured in the past 12 months. It’s always fun revisiting these stunning projects and deliberating over what makes them special – and after some intense debates we’ve settled on six schemes that truly are the cream of the crop.
From a modest, budget-friendly self build through to a stunning contemporary fire station conversion, these wonderfully individual projects show just what can be achieved with a little courage, dedication and innovation.
The beauty of these inspiring schemes is that they’ve been completed by people just like you, who set out with a goal of creating a unique home on a realistic budget. Yet each of them has wowed our judges for different reasons. So now it’s over to you, Build It’s readers, to help us crown the UK’s best self build or renovation project of 2016!
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VOTING HAS CLOSED for the 2016 Build It Awards and the winners have been announced.
Light Filled Modern Home: Jo & Wayne Dennis
When they finally found the perfect plot, in the heart of a Staffordshire village, serial renovators Jo and Wayne Dennis leapt at the chance to build their own home. Although the land came with planning permission, the couple wanted to create something better tailored to their needs – so they turned to Aaron Chetwynd Architects.
Amazing Value-For-Money Self Build: Philip & Emma Walters
The Walters took a pragmatic approach to their first foray into self building. The couple knocked down their deteriorating 1920s property and started afresh, working with their architect to design a modest dormer bungalow, built with a brick clad timber frame.
Clever Conversion: Mark & Rhonda Brunjes
When Mark Brunjes spotted the for sale sign on a village fire station built in 1964, he immediately put in an offer. He eventually secured the property a few months later, once a higher bidder pulled out, and with the purchase finalised soon set to work on his ambitious conversion plans.
Characterful Woodland Self Build: Darren Findlow & Anthony Higham
A 1.3 acre woodland site ticked all the boxes for Darren Findlow and Anthony Higham, who switched onto the idea of self build after failing to find a property to buy. The couple found inspiration in Carpenter Oak’s work, choosing to combine a post and beam frame with a structural insulated panel wraparound to achieve a highly efficient, eco-friendly home.
Creative Home on a Tight Plot: June Russell & Andrew Laing
Building a new dwelling on a tight city-centre plot is rarely a straightforward affair – but intrepid couple June Russell and Andrew Laing were ready to take on the challenge. They brought in Pink Architects to create an eco-friendly, modern vernacular-style house that would resemble a Victorian mews.
‘60s Box Transformed: Chris & Lesley Wilkins
Chris and Lesley Wilkins have completed the kind of project that many people dream about: transforming a damp, draughty and unpromising 1960s box into a cosy, characterful and super-insulated brick and oak home. The scheme was a real team effort, bringing together main contractor Kre-8 and architectural technologist Ben Todd Jones.
|Voting closes on 6th September 2016. The winner of the Best Self Build or Renovation Project 2016, sponsored by IDSystems, will be announced at the Build It Awards ceremony on 22nd September 2016.|
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