Fancy winning £1,000? Enter the Real Homes Home & Garden awards today!

We’re looking for the best home transformations around the UK, from extensions to garden makeovers – so show us your hard work and you could win a cash prize!

Blue extended kitchen
(Image credit: Chris Snook)

We’re always on the lookout for interiors inspiration – which is why we’re pleased to announce the launch of 2022’s Real Homes Home & Garden Awards! Each year, we set out to find the very best transformations across the UK and showcase them across our magazine, website and social media. Oh, and did we mention there’s a big cash prize up for grabs?

With five categories to enter, if you’ve been busy creating your dream home, now’s your chance to show it off. We’re looking for amazing extensions, renovations (opens in new tab) and makeovers, done on savvy budgets but with no compromises on style. The winners of each category will receive a £1,000 cash prize and a year’s subscription to Real Homes magazine, plus their hard work will be immortalised in a professional shoot for this magazine. 

Sound like something you’d be up for? Fill in the entry form below, or scroll down to read more about the categories and the prizes.

Enter the awards

Entering the awards is easy – simply fill out the form below and upload your pictures. Entries close at midnight on 30 June 2022. All category winners and shortlisted entries will be professionally photographed. You must be able and willing for your home to be photographed and appear in the magazine as well as online.

The prizes

First off, we’re offering each category winner a huge £1,000 to spend on whatever they wish – be it that piece of furniture you’ve been coveting for months, or a wine subscription to help you recover from the stress of your renovation. Hey – we’re not judging! In addition, each winner will receive a year’s subscription to Real Homes. Finally, all winning and shortlisted entries will be professionally photographed and featured in the pages of Real Homes magazine and online.

The categories

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Best home
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ponsored by Sunflex UK (opens in new tab)
Made over your home from top to bottom? Embarked on an ambitious extension/loft conversion combo? We’re looking for impressive full-house before-and-afters, full of cost-cutting ideas.


Sunflex UK is a renowned maker and supplier of premium quality German-designed bi-fold doors, ultra-slim sliding doors and advanced glazing products, working with a selected network of distributors across the UK to provide
the best possible service for renovators.

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Best garden
Sponsored by Millboard (opens in new tab)
Found a green-fingered streak within? We want to see beautiful outdoor spaces for socialising, alfresco dining or simply living in a plant-filled sanctuary. 


Hand-moulded from natural timbers, Millboard decking looks like real wood but outperforms it: it’s slip resistant, doesn’t need regular sanding, painting, staining or oiling, and won’t rot or splinter. Available in contemporary and traditional colours.

Best kitchen
A fancy new kitchen is something to shout about. From extended open-plan spaces to budget-savvy improvements completed with a lick of paint, show off your kitchen makeover in this category!

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Best bathroom
Sponsored by BC Designs (opens in new tab)
The smallest room in the house doesn’t mean the least stylish. You can enter any bathroom, be it for the family or a luxe en suite – we’re looking for ingenious methods to make the most of any space.


BC Designs prides itself on quality, innovation, and originality. Started in 1999, the company is a well-respected design house that offers beautifully crafted products to all areas of the bathroom market.

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Best room makeover
Sponsored by Radiator Outlet (opens in new tab)
Converted a dusty loft space into your dream master suite? Turned a neglected spare room into a pretty yet productive home office? This one’s for any other room that’s received a glow up this year.


Specialists in designer radiators, towel rails and more, Radiator Outlet browses the market daily to ensure the lowest prices on designer radiators. While the prices are unbeatable, there’s no compromise in quality.

Meet last year's winners

Best home

Blue living room with parquet floor, green velvet sofa, large artwork, pink velvet armchair, brass accents and large bay window

(Image credit: Philip Lauterbach)

We fell for Laura Magee’s late-Victorian Belfast home as soon as we spotted the pink and blue palette, and the story behind it is just as inspiring as the aesthetic. By restoring long-lost period features and combining them with modern touches, all on a shoestring budget, she created a space that’s classic, stylish and packed with ideas to steal.

Best garden

Garden with seating area under pergola

(Image credit: Neil White)

We were a bit obsessed with every bit of Jack Marshall’s London home – but the garden is the pièce de résistance. Zoned into relaxed seating and formal dining spaces, and with some incredible contemporary details (the paving!), it’s the perfect modern outdoor space for everything from summer dinner parties to chilly-weather marshmallow roasting.

Best kitchen

Blue extended kitchen

(Image credit: Chris Snook)

Can you blame us for picking Anatolia Elamradi’s bright and beautiful space as our 2021 kitchen winner? By working with an architect to realise her vision, designing the floorplan herself and sourcing items from local London-based and family-run businesses, she created the perfect family space that brightens the dullest of days.

Best bathroom

Bathroom with blue panelling, palm print wallpaper, pink roll top bath and blue and white pattern floor tiles

(Image credit: Katie Lee)

Emma Coulthurst transformed the family bathroom of her Derbyshire home on a budget of just £6,000, and the result is dreamy. Designed for functionality and decorated with blues, brass and a showstopping pink bathtub, we had to hand it to her: this is a pretty cool space.

Best room makeover

Yellow children's room with build-in shelving and yellow sofa

(Image credit: Katie Lee)

Kids’ rooms can be hard to get right, but Karen Clough’s creative vision helped her transform her eldest daughter’s bedroom in a week as a birthday surprise. The resulting sunny yellow space is a happy addition to her quirky Manchester home – and tbh, we’re still jealous it’s not our room.

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