Build It Awards: All the Best Home Winners

We look back at the inspiring home projects that have won the Build It Awards in previous years
by Lucy Aplin
24th September 2019

One of the most exciting categories in the annual Build It Awards is the coveted Best Self Build or Renovation gong. Voted for by Build It magazine’s readers and website users, this award celebrates the best home of the year.

Some truly inspiring architecture has won this award in the past. The homes in this section have all been recognised for a variety of different reasons; they reflect the versatility and freedom that self building can bring.

The Build It Awards celebrates the self-build industry’s most innovative products and outstanding suppliers, alongside the best self build and renovation projects in the country.

The annual awards features over 25 categories, collecting hundreds of entries that cover every major aspect of a home building project.

With the Build It Awards 2019 just around the corner, we’ve brought all the previous winners of the Best Self Build Home or Renovation category together in one place. So read on for project inspiration from Britain’s best self builds and to whet your appetite for the coming awards!

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2013 – Eco House on a Budget

On Joshua Penk’s 20th birthday, he began the construction of his own sustainable home. In the months that followed, the hands-on self builder did almost all the work himself; allowing him to complete a wow factor property on a shoestring budget of just £81,800.

Simplicity was a key element of the design, which was inspired by traditional Japanese houses and constructed in a minimalist style over a single storey. Eco-friendly materials were used alongside renewable energy features to create a tranquil, sustainable home that Joshua can enjoy for years to come.

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2014 – Characterful Low Cost Self Build Home

Shropshire council’s successful flagship ‘build your own’ scheme offered this young couple the opportunity to build their dream home. Using the affordable housing initiative, Hannah and Theo managed to create a cosy, timber frame home for half the price of a similar property in the area.

Features such as exposed beams and a woodburning stove give the space a characterful feel, whilst the ground source heat pump boosts the home’s eco credentials.

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2015 – Heritage Brick Meets Modern Oak

When the Seatons purchased a charming farmhouse in their dream area, they didn’t realise that they would soon be knocking the cottage down and starting again. What followed was a project full of hurdles, from financial challenges to external planning issues. The result, however, is a stunning value-for-money home.

The new house is a clever combination of oak frame and traditional brick and block, and the vast swathes of glazing fill the home with light – creating a warm, yet modern space that sits perfectly in its surroundings.

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2016 – Stunning Modern Oak Frame Home

Darren and Anthony had become frustrated after several years of fruitless house-hunting. When they realised that their dream property was not on the market, they decided to self build. With their hearts set on an oak frame structure, a wooded plot in rural Cheshire seemed like the perfect spot to build a home.

Despite the rustic structure and wooded setting, the design managed to incorporate sustainable, green living and open, airy interiors – and Darren and Anthony finally got their dream home.

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2017 – Light-Filled Characterful Church Conversion

Richard and Zoe Berry decided to embark on a project to renovate an old church in Edinburgh. The couple spent two years living on site, calling upon friends and local trades to help transform the dilapidated space into a two-storey, steel frame family home.

The result is an open-plan, airy house that manages to retain the charm of the structure through clever inclusion of original features.

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2018 – Stunning Luxury Retreat By the Sea

Mark and Jane Caterer relocated to Cornwall with the desire to create a peaceful seaside haven. After finding a 1960s bungalow on a harbourside plot, they collaborated with Studio West Architects to replace the dilapidated structure with a stunning new property.

Despite running into problematic access issues and financial speed bumps, they managed to successfully integrate experimental rubber cladding with a neutral interior to create a unique home that was well worth the challenges.

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Don’t forget to vote for Britain’s Best Self Build or Renovation Project 2019! But be quick – voting closes on 7th November 2019 and the winning home will be announced at the Build It Awards ceremony on 29th November 2019.

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