Every year we invite Period Living's readers, to send in photos of their homes and gardens, and to tell us how you went about making them so special.
All of the entries had something special to offer, from creative first-time projects to long-term renovations of forever homes.
Picking out the best projects from so many exceptional entries was really difficult and there was much debate among the judges, but in the end we all agreed on the winners.
We’re delighted to reveal our beautiful home and garden of the year along with the category winners and highly commended projects, which will be featured on the pages of Period Living in future months.
Let us know what you think about our winning homes by social media or email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
HOME OF THE YEAR
The judges were all wowed by Tom and Jenny Williams’ family home. A former laundry and dairy, the Grade II-listed building belonged to a hall that had been handed down through five generations of Tom’s family.
The couple stripped the laundry to the brick, creating a glorious five-bedroom house, moving the staircase and adding a bootroom to give them the space they needed.
‘The Laundry is truly a dream home, but what I love about it is how relaxed and lived-in it feels. It’s not pretentious or showy. It’s a welcoming family home with a history that has real significance to Tom and Jenny,’ says Editor Melanie Griffiths. Their aim was to restore the house, but make it even better than when it was first built. We think they’ve succeeded.
GARDEN OF THE YEAR
Garden of the Year sponsored by Smart – Garden Rooms, Offices & Studios
Smart is one of the UK’s leading garden room suppliers, offering beautifully crafted spaces designed to inspire and delight. With six stunning ranges available in a variety of sizes, there is a Smart solution to suit every taste, garden size and budget. For more details, visit smartgardenoffices.co.uk
When Tim and Olivia Payne moved into their charming cottage in 2014, the neglected garden was crying out for a makeover. The couple have spent the past five years transforming it into a stunning English country garden, creating a series of ‘rooms’ to give a sense of space, with a delightful surprise around every corner, and they did all the work themselves.
‘We loved the journey of discovery around the curving, sinuous paths in Tim and Olivia’s beautiful cottage garden, full of interest and colour and an absolute profusion of plants and blooms,’ says Content Editor Rachel Crow.
Take the full tour of Tim and Olivia's garden in the November issue of Period Living.
THE CATEGORY WINNERS
Best Listed Home
The best listed home category is sponsored by Whyte & Wood
Wendy Bunyan has an eye for a vintage bargain. Not only that, but she has a real talent for grouping her precious finds together to add the finishing touches to her pretty 16th-century listed home.
She and husband John have lived in their house for 25 years, and in that time have rewired, replumbed, insulated and cared for every part of it, more recently adding a new kitchen and garden room.
‘I loved Wendy and John’s house and style, but when I saw their little summerhouse on stilts I had a serious case of garden room envy,’ says Homes Editor Karen Darlow
Best Interior Style
The best interior style category is sponsored by The Albion Bath Co
The company started with a simple goal – to make the best baths around. Using its unique Iso-Enamel, Albion was able to make a bath strong and solid yet not as heavy and cold as cast iron. For more details, visit albionbathco.com
Clare Bolger’s Edwardian home was brimming with character but needed a lot of work when she took it on with husband Oliver four years ago. Some of the original features were in poor repair or had been removed, and the couple were keen to restore or reinstate them.
They couldn’t afford to hire someone to carry out all of the work so Oliver learned plumbing, joinery and electrics. To complete the stunning interior, Clare offset light, airy spaces with darker, atmospheric areas, and mixed new and mid-century pieces.
‘Clare’s home is full of colour and inspiring creative ideas,’ says Style Editor Pippa Blenkinsop. ‘Not afraid to be bold, she has carefully balanced old with new to create a relaxed family home with plenty of personality.’
When Zoë Henderson showed us the old black and white photos of a run-down cow barn, we could hardly believe we were looking at the same building. ‘Its transformation into a cosy, bright and very stylish two-storey home was breathtaking,’ says Homes Editor Karen Darlow. Using local craftspeople, and virtually rebuilding the whole space salvaging the existing materials, Zoë created a home that blends sympathetically into the stunning North Wales landscape. ‘We love the way she reused the slabs of slate from the old dairy milking stalls to top the kitchen island, and used Welsh blankets for curtains on the double-height windows.’
To create her dream kitchen, Emma Silver extended her 150-year-old cottage in Hampshire, resulting in a light-filled kitchen/dining/living space that leads onto an outdoor dining area complete with traditional wood-fired pizza oven.
She also redesigned the garden, which wraps around the house, to accommodate the new kitchen and unite the spaces.
‘Emma has created a beautiful kitchen that embraces the garden and is the ideal indoor-outdoor space for entertaining,’ says Editor Melanie Griffiths. ‘Teaming timeless Shaker cabinetry and natural surfaces with a stunning roof lantern and bi-fold doors, makes this space feel like the perfect blend of old and new.’
The best kitchen category was sponsored by Folding Doors 2 U
Folding Doors 2U is a leading supplier of aluminium rooflights, bi-fold doors, sliding doors and windows. The company offers an affordable range of high-quality glazing products to enhance any home extension, new-build property or renovation. For details, visit foldingdoors2u.co.uk
Three more homes and a gorgeous garden were all highly commended, narrowly missing out on category awards. Catch a glimpse of these in Period Living's November issue, and look out for the full stories in future issues.